My baby is now 2 and fully into the crafting that goes on daily around here. I wrote about 50 crafts for 2 year olds recently – crafts that I love for toddlers because they focus on the process, not the end result. I thought I would do the same sort of post, but specifically winter art for 2 year olds.
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Maybe it is the cold weather, or more specifically avoiding the cold weather, but for one reason or another we start to get very crafty in the winter. And I don’t think we are alone either. With a toddler ready and willing (um, insisting) on crafting with us every step of the way, these winter crafts for 2 year olds have come in handy.
Many of these crafts can be adjusted for children of many ages, making them great for families. With my 2 year old, I am sure to focus on the fun of creating … meaning our crafts often end up looking different than perhaps intended. This doesn’t bother me (or my toddler) one little bit. But it did take me a bit of time to come to this realization.
So funny to think about, but when my oldest was little I would follow along behind her touching up her crafts … ridiculous – but true. No wonder she is my little perfectionist. Whoops. Sorry love.
But my boys are wild, and could not care at all if their snowmen are pink, or have 5 eyes, or were suppose to be mittens.
Just something you may choose to keep in mind while you enjoy these winter crafts for 2 year olds!
Winter Art Projects for 2 Year Olds
Winter Watercolour Crayon Resist. While I focused this activity on my oldest while writing, my toddler and preschooler both took part in creating their own lovely watercolour artwork. Simple and gorgeous.
Painting with Mittens by Teach Preschool. Using mittens for painting! This is a lovely extension to many books, or a wonderful art exploration all on it’s own.
Marbled Snowmen in Snowglobes, by Rainbows Within Reach. I love the idea of using marble painting as snow.
Torn Paper Snowy Owl by Hannah’s Art Club. While there are a lot of wonderful art processes used in this toddler winter art project, I especially love the torn paper aspect. Wonderful for developing fine motor skills.
Melted Snowman by Mama’s Like Me (for Kiwi Crate). I don’t really know what to say about this besides …. brilliant.
Tape Resist Snowflakes by Play Create Explore. We do quite a bit of tape resist art. I love this version for 2 year olds because they can even apply the tape themselves to create the snowflakes before finger painting.
Icicle Drip Painting by Things to Share and Remember. Pipette’s were made for 2 year old art projects!! Well, no … actually they were made as laboratory tools … but they should have been made for toddlers!
Snowman Collage by Sugar Aunts. A great way to practice some scissor cutting skills. And do 2 year olds ever love scissors! I like to give my toddler long strips of paper so he just has to make one cut through the middle – a great way to practice!
Cozy Winter Hats by Things to Share and Remember. I love the idea of toddlers playing with different materials, fabrics, and yarns – what a great way to explore warm and soft textures on a chilly day!
Mitten Cookie Cutter Stamping by House of Burke. Using cookie cutters is a neat way to introduce stamping to toddlers – nice and big to hold and simple large shapes to admire the print!
I just love all of these winter art ideas for 2 year olds. Full of exploring and new experiences, with lots of room for creativity – just as art was meant to be!
I am sure we will make our way through this list before the snow has all melted – darn long Canadian winters. I will let you know which ones were the biggest hit with my Benjamin – Please do the same!
And if you have a 2 year old, you are going to love my eBook: A Year of Educational Quiet Bins: The secret to peaceful days with kids!