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Paint and Create

A Trail Tote

To help kids get the most out of communing with nature, pack a canvas bag with a few simple items.

Artful Place Mats

A simple stencil technique allows your toddler free expression while painting these one-of-a-kind gifts -- and results in near-perfect designs. She'll be proud as a peacock to see them grace a friend or relative's holiday table.

Color in a Bag

For the youngest kids, art is really about the tactility of the materials.

Colored Sand Collage

This toddler-friendly introduction to sand painting transforms a favorite backyard building material into a magical art supply. We like using salt shakers for the sand because they're easy for little hands to hold.

Cool Creatures

Teach your kids the art of recycling with this great craft.

Discovery Bottles

Toddlers will find these simple little shakers mesmerizing.

Drawing Dough

A cross between paint and dough, this delightful concoction is fun to squeeze out into puffy, colorful designs. As it dries, the salt in the dough crystallizes, leaving behind a glittering abstraction.

Drumroll, Please

Help your toddler participate in the joyful noise of music.

Easy Wall Pop Art

Create cool nursery decor with this easy-to-make pop art portrait of your child.

Fantasy Flower Shop

Help sow the seeds of imagination with a playset that includes everything your tot needs to open her own flower shop.

Fingerprint Pals

Help your little chick welcome spring with a custom-decorated onesie or shirt that's fun for older siblings to make.

Fishing for Knowledge

Make learning fun for your toddler with this interactive alphabet game.

Found-Object Collage

Almost like a first scrapbook page, this collage project is a great way to create a simple but appealing keepsake from a collection of everyday things -- whether they're found during a walk in the woods or on a hunt around the house.

Glimmer Paints

Directions for making glimmer paint.

Hobby Unicorn

Here's a fantasy variation on our Homemade Hobbyhorse, a magical unicorn that you can easily assemble in about an hour from a dowel and a fuzzy slipper sock.

Homemade Hobbyhorse

Keep your little neigh-sayer horsing around for days with this soulful steed, easily assembled in about an hour from a dowel and a fuzzy slipper sock.

Instant Easel

Here's an idea from the 'wish we'd done it sooner' files: hang a roll of paper from a closet door to give your child easy access to a continuous canvas that's perfectly proportioned for both her small stature and her enormous creativity.

Kid-Quote Cards

Little kids say the darndest things, and with these sweet note cards you can share those 'out of the mouths of babes' moments with family and friends.

Mailing Tube Rain Sticks

Your tot can enjoy the sound of a gentle rainfall -- without the sogginess -- thanks to this easy-to-make sound-alike instrument.

My First Monoprints

In printing, mono means 'one of a kind,' which is a perfect description of this easy introduction to color mixing, texture, and spontaneity.

No-Sew Tutu

Packaged rolls of tulle (available in the wedding aisle of many craft stores) make this dress-up darling a cinch to fashion.

Painting Palettes

For a complex lesson in impermanence, watch a Tibetan monk sweep away an intricate sand mandala that he's been creating for days. Or, for an experience that's a little closer to home, have your toddler try one of the fleeting, no-mess projects below.

Paper Portraits

Personalize your child's nursery with a whimsical portrait that brings a contemporary twist to the classic black-and-white silhouette.

Plant Pals

With just a few seeds, you toddler can become an indoor gardener.

Printed-Palm Tree

Help your tot commemorate autumn with this change-of-season collage, which uses fallen leaves to decorate a lovely handprint tree.

Prints Charming

Use bleeding tissue paper to create this easy introduction to printmaking for your toddler.

Super Scoops

These decoupaged milk jugs are great for transporting toys, dumping them on the ground, and scooping them up again when playtime is done -- and a waterproof version is perfect for skimming toys from the bathtub.

The Art of Dining

Bust boredom at restaurants with this toddler-friendly art kit made from easy-to-clean vinyl.

Tiny Bubbles

Simple straws turn out batches of bantam bubbles.

Tissue Paper Bowls

This cute craft introduces toddlers to papier-mâché (and to delayed gratification, as the project takes several hours to dry).

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