Creating Crafts with Children

Arts and crafts help children to use their imagination

Participating in arts and crafts with your child at home and in the garden has many positive benefits for your child’s development. Below we have suggested our 'Top 10 recommended arts and crafts based on the age groups 0-2, 2-3 and 3-4 years old.

Photo of a child painting at nursery

hidden learning benefits

Creating crafts with children

Participating in arts and crafts with your child at home and in the garden has many positive benefits for your child’s development.

1. Develop fine motor skills
Arts and crafts involve moving the hands and fingers in different ways. These movements involve fine motor skills and improve the overall muscle strength and control over movements. Strong muscle strength in hands and fingers is essential for children to become confident and independent writers.

2. Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
Arts and crafts often require keen hand-eye coordination. The more the children practice, the better their hand-eye coordination becomes. This will help them in almost all walks of life, for example, in sports.

3. Boost Self Esteem
Art and craft activities create a sense of achievement in children and give a boost to their self-esteem.

4. Encourages Self Expression
Arts and crafts are a great way to allow children to express themselves. Arts and crafts can bring out feelings and emotions.

5. Promotes Innovation and Creativity
Arts and crafts provide a platform for children to create new things. It helps them think differently and to innovate in ways they haven’t before. The ability to solve problems whilst doing arts and crafts promotes creativity in children.

6. Enhances Decision-Making Skills
Solving artistic challenges will help children in making correct and effective decisions.

our recommended list

0 - 2 years

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” - Albert Einstein

Our ‘Top recommended arts and crafts’ for 0-2 year olds:

Calm Jar

Potato Stamps

Snap and Squeeze Dough

Squishy Paint

our recommended list

2 - 3 years

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” - Maya Angelou

Our ‘Top recommended arts and crafts’ for 2-3 year olds:

Masking tape track

Pebble letters

Make a sock puppet

Home made salt dough

our recommended list

3 - 4 years

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

Our ‘Top recommended arts and crafts’ for 3-4 year olds:

Lego stamping


Rainbow Slime


Other useful links for all ages

  • Ocean Wise Conservation Association has launched a free online ocean literacy resource called Online Oceans, bringing all that is the ocean to families around the world. The new site includes ocean-inspired crafts and activities. Click HERE
  • Art for Kids Hub: A fun YouTube channel hosted by a family with an enthusiastic love for art! Great tutorials to help children develop creative ideas and fun drawing skills. Click HERE
  • The Imagination Tree: A collection of play and craft ideas for all ages, as well as a really practical and helpful stay at home survival guide for parents. Click HERE
  • The Artful Parent: Over 500 arts and crafts ideas and projects for young children and advice on how to encourage creativity and confidence. Click HERE
  • Red Ted Art: Fun and easy crafts for everyone! The ideas on this site are designed to be enjoyable, easy and doable with great results for all, use simple materials, and help build skills and confidence. Click HERE
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