Autumn is here it the perfect time to make some easy and fun leaf crafts for toddlers. Leaf crafts are great to make with toddlers and preschoolers (as well as older kids!) because leaves themselves are such a fun sensory material – it’s lovely to see kids scrunching them up, kicking up piles of dry leaves or examining their beautiful colours….
Crafts for Toddlers
Butterflies, bees, caterpillars and ladybirds – today I’m sharing some of my favourite bug crafts for toddlers with lots of simple and achievable ideas that toddlers can enjoy.
I love how the printing technique in this moon craft makes it look like little craters all over the moons surface! This is a really easy craft to set up and not too messy either (well, for painting anyway!) It’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers as well as reception age or even older kids who you just want a nice, simple space themed craft for – I’ve also added some ideas below on how you could adapt it for different ages so if you have more than one kid at home who you want to craft with it’s a good one for keeping them both entertained.
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My kids are really interested in space and stars, I think everyone is a bit really. We watched a programme last week which showed how craters formed on the moon when it’s hit by meteors – if you’re feeling brave on the mess front it was basically dropping a ball into some flour to see the crater form – possibly more of an activity for outside! We saw it on Blue Peter but Motherhood On A Dime has this post on a making moon craters experiment which shows it all in action.
Anyway, back to our moon craft. I’ve gone with a paper plate as the base for the moon. You could of course just cut out a circle from a piece of white paper (draw around a bowl or plate) but I wanted to make this as quick to set up as I could plus if you’re dealing with a large amount of paint paper can get sloppy really easily.
Pop some paint onto a plate to make it easier to print with, we have an old picnic plate that I keep in the cupboard for this and it’s such a good one to be able to use again and again.
Why Use Pom Poms?
I’ve used pom poms for this activity because they’re great for creating that crater style of painting but they’re also fab for helping support your child’s pincer grip too – where they’re holding things using their thumb and finger. It’s important for things like holding a pencil or doing up a zip as they get older, if you’d like to read more on it there’s a good post on Therapy Street for Kids about it which includes lots of other ideas for developing pincer grasp too.
Using your pom poms paint the surface of your moon, I’ve used a mixture of silver paint and grey paint made from black and white mixed together. You can then either display your moon craft as it is or glue it onto some black card and add some stars.
Adapting this Craft for Different Ages
I’ve used black card as the background which children can add some stars on to – metallic or chalk pens are good for drawing on black (felt tips won’t normally show) or younger kids could stick on some star shaped stickers.
What else could they draw in space? You could add planets, constellations, rockets or aliens. Maybe even one of the meteors about to hit the moon!
Or maybe draw and cut out a little astronaut or alien to add to your moon? How about a little flag to stick on it – from your own country or your child could make a little flag design of their own (I’m in the UK, we’re not going to be popping flags on the moon anytime soon here!)
Space books for kids
All of these space themed books are ones that we own and that my kids enjoy which is why you’ll find both factual books and umm… poop.
- Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson – one of our favourites especially as it was inspired by ESA Astronaut Tim Peake who writes an introduction in the UK version, I believe the US one has an introduction from NASA Astronaut Colonel Cady Coleman.
- Dinosaur Rocket by Penny Dale – a simple book that’s perfect for younger kids (especially dinosaur loving ones!)
- The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter – I think we own all of the Dinosaur That Pooped books? They make my kids laugh a lot and to be honest I enjoy them too which if you end up reading the same book a lot is very important!
- The Solar System (Usborne Beginners) by Emily Bone – A good factual book that has been read a lot over the years.
More Easy Crafts for Kids
Fancy trying another space craft? This paper plate twirler with it’s free rocket printable would be perfect.
Or fancy another pom pom printing idea? Check out these tree painting activities.
Or finally for another simple paper plate craft this under the sea collage is super easy to make.
Sometimes we all need to go back to basics a bit, doing the crafts that are easy to set up and don’t require us spending loads of money on materials or (even worse) having to wait for them to be delivered. This easy butterfly craft is perfect as it ticks all the boxes plus it looks really pretty too. Butterfly crafts are great for spring and summer and this is one that will look super sweet pinned on your kids wall or in pride of place on your fridge or noticeboard.
We love sharing crafts for toddlers and while sea crafts are popular the whole year round when the weather is getting warmer like it is now it definitely feels like the right time to start thinking about making some under the sea crafts for toddlers! Whether you live near the ocean or you’ll be splashing around in a paddling pool in the garden, sea crafts for kids are a great way to encourage children to think about the world around them in a creative way and have fun at the same time….