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Silly crafts to do with toddlers

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Time to get silly

Show your toddler your wacky side when you roll up your sleeves and dive into these silly crafts together.

Grab your paper, paint, glue and scissors. It’s time to have fun and get creative — and probably a little bit messy. Check out some of our favorite silly toddler crafts from bloggers, and let us know which one you can’t wait to try.

Bubble painting

Bubble painting

Photo Credit: Meet the Dubiens

Your kiddos might have a hard time grasping that this time it’s OK to blow bubbles with their straws, but once they get a hang of this craft from Meet the Dubiens, they’ll have a blast.

Homemade Gak

Homemade Gak

Photo Credit: Sweet Happy Life

It’s bright, it’s slimy, it makes disgusting noises… it’s every toddler’s dream. Save some cash and use this recipe from Sweet Happy Life to make your own batch. You get more of the slimy stuff, and you and your toddler have a fun afternoon cooking it up.

Toilet paper roll octopus

Toilet paper roll octopus

Photo Credit: Precious Toddler

Dive under the sea with these silly sea creatures from Precious Toddler. You do the cutting, and let your toddler take care of the rest.

Bath paint

Bath paint

Photo Credit: Kids Activities Blog

There’s no better place to get messy than in the bathtub. Mix up this puffy concoction from Kids Activities Blog and let them go to town on the bathtub walls. When they’re done, hose them — and the walls — off, and wash it all right down the drain.

Painted pasta necklaces

Painted pasta necklaces

Photo Credit: Picklebums

You’ve been waiting your whole life to rock one of these pasta necklaces, and now’s your chance. Don’t worry about taking the time to dye the pasta, just hand your toddler a paintbrush let him work his magic. Pretty soon, you’ll have bling just as flashy as the bloggers over at Picklebums.

Paper plate crown

Paper plate crown

Photo Credit: Meaningful Mama

Any toddler can be royalty, especially if she has the right headgear. Let Meaningful Mama show you how to turn an ordinary paper plate into something magical.

Mr. Recycled Head Man

Mr. Recycled Head Man

Photo Credit: Delia Creates

Take some old soup cans and whatever miscellaneous parts you can find (now’s your chance to clean out under the couch, mom!). The blogger over at Delia Creates will show you how to turn it into a planter with personality.

Rainbow toast

Rainbow toast

Photo Credit: Learn Play Imagine

Sometimes, playing with your food is a good thing. This edible milk paint from Learn Play Imagine lets them turn their morning toast into a masterpiece.

Sock puppet

Sock puppet

Photo Credit: Skip to My Lou

Putting on a puppet show is almost as fun as creating your own puppet character. Head on over to Skip to My Lou to learn an easy way to make one.

Handprint bouquets

Handprint bouquets

Photo Credit: Adventures in Kindergarten

They’ll have a blast spreading paint on their hands, and you’ll end up with a piece of artwork you’ll treasure forever. You can have the kiddos arrange the bouquet any way you like, but we’re big fans of the one at Adventures in Kindergarten.

Lion mask

Lion mask

Photo Credit: Cheap Crafty Mama

One minute he’s a toddler, the next he’s the King of the Jungle. Once this mask from Cheap Crafty Mama runs its course, try out her elephant mask.

Poured paint pots

Poured paint pots

Photo Credit: Dilly-Dali Art

Brighten up your garden this summer with a little toddler-created artwork. They’ll love the messiness of this project from Dilly-Dali Art. Pick paint colors that match your decor, or let them create the color scheme. Either way, you're sure to get compliments on these colorful, functional works of art.

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