I find that over the summer, I have more time to spend with my children doing things we like. Often this is outside but on rainy or cold days, we play games or make things together. Both my children love arts and crafts but usually they need help to get going on them, so I sit down and we work together for a few minutes before I leave them to complete their craft.
I know this to be true for other Irish families, as arts and craft kits sell really well over the summer months on my website. Here are my top ten craft kits for children aged 3-5 years.
This gorgeous box from Djeco has everything your child needs to complete four different animal collage pictures.
2. Stamp Sets
Often toddlers are given stamps to play with but it’s ideal if you can hold out until your child is a little older. Then they will really appreciate the pictures they can make from stamps. I stock three different stamps sets – Happy Handle Stamps, Ocean Stamps and Garden Stamps.
3. Djeco Mosaics
Choose between Dinosaurs or Elephant and Snail Mosaics. These kits have two mosaic boards each and plenty of raised foam stickers that little fingers can manage. On each board there is a picture with small squares marked out with numbers. The idea is to stick the colour coded stickers in the correct places on each board.
4. Puffy Reusible Stickers
These are lovely puffy sticker sets from Melissa and Doug Toys. If you use them on the background boards that they come with, they can be used over and over. Alternatively, they can be used once off to complete a picture or a piece of work. I stock the princess, pirate and farm versions of them.
Children this age are starting to learn pencil control but it’s still hard for them to manage to draw characters. Buying them some stencils will teach them how to draw around the edge of a stencil to have a shape to make a picture out of. I stock Ballerina ones, Dinosaur ones, and Horse ones.
There’s a good possibility your child can’t be trusted with markers yet, and they seem to constantly break the nibs of colouring pencils. These chunky crayons are lovely.
This is an activity that includes a cork board, some wooden shapes and pictures, pins and a hammer. Make your pictures by tapping the shapes into the cork board. Once finished, pull them off and start a new picture. I also stock Tap Tap Garden. (above)
Every house with small children should have a set of these. It gives your child independence with crafts without you being afraid that they might cut themselves or their hair!
It’s hard for children this age to colour within the lines. These colouring velvet pictures from Melissa and Doug enable your child to do this, as the borders are raised velvet.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of art and craft materials for this age group. If you want to see my full range, click here. I plan on writing follow up blogs with craft kits for older children, so if you have older children that love crafting, keep an eye out for that one!