Craft projects for 3-year-olds should be easy and engaging. Don’t expect perfection from a 3-year-old’s craft project. This is the time for your child to refine hand-eye coordination, spacial relations and other early learning skills. When my children were small, I kept them busy with easy craft projects that were both fun and educational. They didn’t even realize they were learning. Why not give your 3-year-old a jump start on learning? Here are five easy craft projects for 3-year -olds that build early learning skills.
Paper people pictures are one easy craft project for 3-year-olds. Paper people of all types can be found in most craft stores. You’ll find them in the scrap-booking section. These come with paper clothing and accessories. Paper people can be firemen, ballerinas or any character your 3-year-old relates to. Kids take a paper person and glue various clothing to it. They can then glue their paper people to plain paper. Kids add accessories and other cut-outs to make a picture. Kids will learn spacial relations and hand-eye coordination with this craft project.
Clothespin dolls or soldiers are easy crafts for 3-year-olds. Once your child gets the concept of paper dolls down, try this 3D version. Once they are done making them, they have a new toy to play with. Use stationary clothespins (the type with rounded heads) found in the craft store. Show your child how to draw on a face, add yarn hair and glue paper or cloth “clothes” to the clothespin doll. Let them choose their own colors to personalize their clothespin doll. Once again, this craft project helps three year olds with spacial relations and hand-eye coordination, this time in 3D.
An ABC book is a fun and easy craft project for 3-year-olds. This is a good way to introduce your child to the alphabet and letter sounds, along with building more spacial relations and hand-eye coordination. Staple together 26 half pieces of paper for your three year old to use as a blank book. Fold and glue another piece around them to make a front and back cover. Draw the letters of the alphabet on each page of the book. Write ABC on the front cover. With your three year old, go through old magazines. Find pictures to represent each letter. Your child cuts out and glues the picture that starts with each letter on the corresponding page. Now your three year old has an ABC book to learn from.
Making clay beads is another easy craft your 3-year-old will enjoy. Use air-dry clay so your child can keep their creations. Show them how to make a ball shape with the clay by rolling it between their palms in a circular motion. Your child can make a hole in the bead using a toothpick or other long pointed cylindrical object. Let the beads dry. Now your three year old can use non-toxic craft paint to decorate and personalize their creations. Once again, spacial relations and hand-eye coordination are the lessons learned here. Clay is also a great tactile (touch/feel) experience for kids.
This last easy craft project for 3-year-olds is fun, but messy. Continuing on the tactile theme, it involves finger-paint. You can buy finger-paint in most craft stores. Spread a large drop-cloth on the floor. Pour different colors of finger-paint onto several old flat plates. Place a large sheet of finger-paint paper in the center of the drop-cloth. This is the area your child will be painting in. Be sure your child is wearing old clothes and bare feet. Why bare feet? For this project, your child will be dipping fingers, hands and feet into different colors of paint to make prints on the paper. You may have to carry your child to the tub when finished with this craft project. The fun they have will be well worth it.
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