Simple Toddler Craft – Sensory Flower Shaker

For this month’s flower themed craft I decided to do something that Aria could both enjoy making and enjoy playing with, and so we settled on a simple sensory flower shaker. Aria got involved in most aspects of this craft and really enjoyed it, from picking the flowers, to pouring way too much glitter in and shaking the bottle afterwards – I would say it was an all around win!

Tutorial for simple toddler craft flower sensory shaker - you will need

The sensory shaker is simple to make, you can pretty much throw whatever you have lying around the house into it! We started by picking a few flowers from the garden and then we found an empty bottle, some washi tape, glitter pretty gems, buttons, craft flowers and green crepe paper. I also used decoupage glue, scissors and duct tape.

simple toddler craft tutorial for sensory flower shaker - step by step

I started by adding water to my bottle, though it doesn’t really matter which order you do it in. I didn’t fill it to the top just in case the weight of the items made the water rise too high. Aria then added everything in to the bottle, or everything that fit at least, we had to exclude a few of our items as they were too big to fit!

simple toddler craft tutorial for toddler sensory flower shaker - step by step

Once Aria had added the flowers, buttons and gems she added the glitter, all the glitter. If you want to be able to see the flowers you may not want to add quite so much glitter, as we can’t see much else other than glitter, but Aria had fun so it is all good!

Once you are satisfied with the contents of your bottle add more water if required, screw the cap back on and cover with duct tape, then cover with pretty washi tape. Cut some ‘spikes’ into your green crepe paper and glue them onto the bottle, or if you prefer you could paint the ‘grass’ on.

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Once the glue has dried your toddler sensory flower shaker is complete and ready for some serious shaking.

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*Disclosure – we are Bostik Bloggers and receive a small box of crafts each month in exchange for a themed tutorial – the theme this month is Flowers*

Simple Toddler Craft – Bird Tree

Both Aria and I loved this month’s craft, a simple toddler craft bird tree. Aria because it involved a few of her favourite things which are getting outdoors and collecting sticks and sticking things to card, me because it wasn’t very messy and actually looks quite pretty. I’m totally going to add Easter eggs to it for Easter this weekend, two birds one stone. How apt.

toddler in forest collecting twigs for craft bird tree

We started the craft by collecting fallen sticks on our recent visit to St Fagan’s. I had planned to paint these white but Aria would have wanted to help and it would have been a disaster so I went au natural. Next up I drew around a bird shape onto a piece of card and a sheet of glitter card and then cut them out.

Simple toddler craft bird tree step by step tutorial

Next up I covered the plain card birds with PVA and let Aria go crazy with an assortment of feathers and glitzy beads. Once she had finished I moved the eyes from their bums to, well, their eyes and then left them to dry. Once dry I trimmed some of the overhanging feathers to tidy them up and then used a needle and cotton to thread the cotton through and tied into a knot to hang from the tree.

Simple toddler craft bird tree tutorial

This is definitely my kind of craft. It looks quite pretty, is easy for Aria to join in with and doesn’t make too much mess.

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*Disclosure – we are Bostik Bloggers and receive a small box of crafts each month in exchange for a themed tutorial – the theme this month is Birds/Flying*

Simple Easter Bunny Sweet Holder – Toddler Craft

We received this month’s Easter themed Bostik craft box* a little while ago, then someone wanted to view our house which resulted in me hiding it away in a drawer out of sight and swiftly forgetting about it. Panic kicked in yesterday when I realised that the craft was due today and I didn’t even have an idea in mind. Not a clue.

Toilet roll Easter bunny toddler craft sweet holder tutorial

Our bunny is far from perfect, in fact he looks quite angry and his whiskers are a little lopsided, but Aria had so much fun making him and she loves putting eggs in and out of him, which, as far as I am concerned, is a winner.

toilet roll tube easter mini egg holder tutorial

If you want to make your own, probably better, Easter bunny toilet roll sweet holder you will need :

  • A toilet roll tube
  • Pretty patterned paper, preferably different patterns for the feet, ears and nose (or you could use an egg sticker for the nose like I did if you have one)
  • Googly eyes (I had to improvise as mine, like everything else in my house right now, have disappeared and my local Tesco don’t stock them)
  • Pipe cleaner or similar for whiskers
  • Card
  • Glue/Blu Tac

I chose to use Blu Tac to stick everything onto the tube, firstly as it is way less messier than glue and secondly because it meant that I could slightly adjust things when Aria wasn’t looking, hard to believe but if it was left to her this thing would look even worse than it currently does!

simple toddler easter craft

This was so easy to make, you simply cover the tube in pretty paper, cut out feet and ear shapes and stick them in place, stick the eyes, nose and whiskers in place and then glue the completed tube onto a piece of card. As simple as that!

toilet roll easter mini egg holder toddler craft

Just don’t turn your back and leave your toddler within reach of a pencil as your bunny and table will be drawn on.

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Three Simple Toddler Friendly Valentine’s Craft

I absolutely love the idea of crafting with Aria, but I very rarely get around to doing it, which is why I applied to be a Bostik Blogger for 2017, it will be great to have encouragement to do at least one craft per month. The first box to arrive was the Valentine’s themed box, we decided to make a complete gift in the form of a candle, a card and a gift bag to put the candle in. Follow this simple guide to re-create your own toddler friendly Valentine’s gifts.

three simple toddler friendly valentine's crafts - DIY valentine's card, decoupaged love heart candle and a diy gift bag

For the candle you will need :

  • A candle/glass jar and tea light candle – we used a Yankee Candle but you could easily use an old jam jar and a tea light candle
  • Various coloured/patterned paper
  • Glue
  • Ribbons
Decoupaging is one of my all time favourite crafts, it is so easy and can look so effective. When I saw the array of pretty papers in my Bostik box I instantly decided on a decoupage craft. 
To decoupage your own candle jar you simply cut or tear your paper up, paint the jar with glue, stick the paper on and then finish with a further layer of glue. Once the jar has dried pretty it up by tying on various colourful ribbons. 

step by step decoupage candle jar tutorial - toddler friendly - toddler sticking paper on glass jar

Aria really enjoyed sticking the paper on the jar, decoupaging doesn’t have to be neat to look good making this a fantastic toddler friendly craft.
For the card you will need : 
  • Blank card
  • Various heart stickers
  • Heart shaped gift tag
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
Start by sticking your large heart shaped gift tag in the middle of the card, then cut your pipe cleaners to size for the ‘I’ and the ‘U’, stick these on with glue (you will need to hold them in place for a little while) once they have dried allow your toddler to go crazy sticking the various heart shaped stickers all over the card. 

simple I heart u valentine's day card DIY toddler friendly craft

For the gift bag you will need :
  • A plain gift bag
  • A large glitter heart
  • Ribbon
  • A heart shaped gift tag
  • Glue
This is the simplest of them all, and Aria still thoroughly enjoyed it. Simply glue the back of the heart, press it onto the front of the bag and hold it in place for a little while, tie your gift tag on with the ribbon to finish.

DIY heart gift bag toddler craft tutorial

Valentine's craft gift guide - decoupaged candle, handmade card and handmade gift bag

Alternatively if you would prefer to watch a video tutorial you can do so below :

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three simple toddler friendly valentine's craft ideas - decoupaged glass candle jar, I heart u card and heart gift bag

Last Minute Easter Bonnet Crafts with a Thirteen Month Old Baby

I had no intention of making an Easter Bonnet this year, Aria is only thirteen months old and (obviously) not in school yet so it hadn’t crossed my mind. She goes to private nursery one day a week and it hadn’t even entered my head that they would ask us to make Easter bonnets.

last minute easter bonnet with a thirteen month old - baby on white wooden floor looking up at camera holding craft items ready to make a bonnet

As it was last minute the majority of Easter bonnet craft items had sold out, plus I was limited to what I could buy in my local town, which was pretty much Wilko and The Card Factory. I managed to buy a bunny & chic pom pom set, some pastel pom poms and some Easter felt shapes from Wilko and a Easter Crown set from the Card Factory. I really wanted a bonnet rather than a crown but bought the crowns as a back up, they were only 99p and came with some cute foam decorations that I could use on a bonnet. Thankfully I managed to get hold of a cute pink Easter bonnet from Asda at the weekend. Using these bits I’ve created something, it isn’t the most creative bonnet and certainly isn’t what I would have made if I’d had more time and supplies, but it isn’t bad.

pink Easter bonnet with bunny and chic sitting on top in bed of flowers and grass
I went for the theme of the bunny and chick sitting on top of the hat on a bed of grass and flowers. Unfortunately the green pom poms in the pack were very limited so I didn’t end up with much ‘grass’ and the theme isn’t really very obvious. I then stuck a few other pretty items around the sides.

Pink pastel easter bonnet with pink bunny and chick, flowers, eggs.

This was so easy to make, everything was just stuck together and onto the hat using the sticky back tape that was provided in the packs. I can’t fault the packs that I bought, they came with everything that I needed and it probably would have cost me more to buy all of the individual items and make the shapes myself.

thirteen month old baby with easter bonnet craft packs
I started off allowing Aria to help me, I thought it would be fun. Aria thought it was great fun, especially when she started to pull all of the discarded bits of rubbish out of the bin and hand them to me. I ended up getting all of Aria’s other toys out to distract her and making the bonnet all by myself.

While making this I learned that I HATE sticky back tape and that you should never, ever do any crafts with a thirteen month old. The worse thing about all of this? They wanted the bonnets everyday this week. Aria only goes to nursery on a Friday so isn’t even in this week as it’s good Friday. All this for nothing. I will be taking a trip to nursery tomorrow especially to drop her bonnet off!

Did you make a bonnet this year? How did yours turn out?