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Toddler crafts

Craft activities are a brilliant way for toddlers to have fun and learn at the same time. There are so many ways you can combined the two, how about a colour in world map or learning to cook.

With his cousins birthday earlier this week Jack and I spent last weekend making a picture for him.

Jack loves crafting and viking direct very kindly sent us a box full of goodies, some of which we used on the picture.


I let Jack have free access to paper, colouring books and crayons but have never let him use felt tips before for fear of stains on his clothes and drawings all over the house. The ‘color peps’  felt tips are water soluble so easily wash out of clothes and off hands and with broad nibs, they are perfect for little ones.

We also used UHU glue stick and googly eyes to make a monster, made by my little monster. I am impressed by the range of crafting items for low prices at Viking direct, especially as I always thought they were only an office supplier.


Such a simple activity that kept Jack busy for over an hour, ripping tissue paper, gluing and sticking and colouring in.


Earlier in the week we did a similar activity by making an underwater scene using black sugar paper, paint and lots of foil, tissue paper and fish shapes.

This time however I wasn’t so trusting of the poster paint and striped J down to his nappy.


Little crafts like these help improve hand eye coordination and allow self expression and we all know the meltdowns when your little one can’t express what they are thinking or feeling.


We also made gingerbread biscuits (which you can read here) which allowed Jack to start learning about weights and quantities. He helped me mix the ingredients, roll out and cut the biscuits and decorate them once they had been cooked.

Because he made them himself J also has a sense of pride that he wouldn’t have got had I made the biscuits for him.


There are lots of sites out there with craft ideas, a few that I use are:

The Imagination tree (for our homemade sensory play dough, sensory bottles, salt dough hand prints, cloud dough and homemade paint).

intheplayroom (for our role play makes and junk modelling)

Red Ted Art (for our loom band makes, model making and character makes).

What crafts do your little ones enjoy?


Disclaimer: Viking Direct sent me these items to review.  All opinions/photos are my own.


Gingerbread biscuits

Today Jack and I made gingerbread biscuits (and conquered his fear of messy hands, bonus).
Unfortunately our kitchen is tiny so I had to commander Jacks play table in the living room so that he could help. The recipe is nice and simple, perfect for making with your 2 year old.


  • 350g plain flour
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • I used greaseproof paper as a surface for Jack to roll out the dough because we were using the kitchen surface, you probably won’t need it.

 Gingerbread ingredients

"I'm ready Mummy"

“I’m ready Mummy”

Combine the flour, ginger and soda and rub in the butter.


Add the sugar and stir in the syrup and egg to make a firm dough.


Roll out to about 5mm thick and cut into desired shape.



Place onto a greased baking tray (spaced out as they spread during cooking) and pop in the fridge for 15 minutes to help the dough firm up and keep its shape.


Bake in a preheated oven (190c) for 10 to 15 minutes.

Leave to firm for a few minutes before putting on a wire rack to cool.

I then had the difficult task of trying not to snaffle any of the lovely warm biscuits while setting everything up for Jack to decorate them.

We used red, blue and white icing and star sprinkles as well as 100’s and 1000’s (oh the mess!)

My little chef

My little chef



Daddy decorated a biscuit too


Then for the taste test.


Jack certainly enjoyed the biscuits he had made and decorated, if only he helped with the clear up 🙂

Have you made any tasty treats with your little ones?


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