Another great gift idea for toddlers is to get them a craft kit. Parents will thank you on that rainy day when they just need to whip out a fast activity so they can have some peace and quiet while they make dinner or get some chores done!

Orb Factory sticky mosaics kits come in a range of skill levels and themes – from princesses and Fancy Nancy (which I LOVE!), to vehicles and pets! Curiosity Kits for older children let kids make things like jewelry and pretend-play props!

We received the My First Sticky Mosaics Vehicles kit for our son’s birthday bash, and we’ve been having fun creating the mosaic pictures included. Five different images, and hundreds of foam stickies!! It’s for ages 3+, but as long as I help him out, my son has fun!

We have been looking for activities to reinforce color recognition, and these mosaic crafts have been perfect. He also loves them because he’s good with shapes, so he gets a lot of kudos for recognizing all the shapes! His little fingers DO have some trouble with the smaller sticky pieces, but that’s where my help comes in! Here we are creating the train mosaic, in honor of his train birthday party!

Sticker Mosaic Craft

I like how kids can do a portion of the mosaic and put it away for later – it’s an easy craft to take out for just 5-10 minutes, but pack up quickly when you have to move on!

Orb Factory craft kits are available online and in retail stores (I just saw them at Old Navy of all places!). Kits range from iPad apps for $2.99 up to larger kits for about $24.99, so there’s something for everyone!

What are your favorite (easy!) crafts for toddlers? Do you go with premade kits, or gather your own materials?

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  • Leah Shumack March 12, 2012, 10:04 pm

    It depends! Sometimes something easy is better and other days we pull everything out and just go nuts!

  • Barbara Hunt March 12, 2012, 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the great contest!

  • shirley pebbles March 12, 2012, 9:16 pm

    I like premade kits because it is easier for me to do so.

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  • Renee B. March 12, 2012, 6:36 pm

    Finger painting, crayons, construction paper and play dough.

  • Kimberly Schotz March 12, 2012, 10:57 am

    We do it both ways but it is a pleasure when everything comes in one kit!

  • Michelle B March 12, 2012, 10:18 am

    We have a lot of craft supplies on hand

  • tamar March 11, 2012, 10:13 am

    our crafts projects right now consist of papers and pens. We dont’ really have much here, so this would be great.
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  • penny hyde March 11, 2012, 4:32 am

    Since I am a craft supply junkie, we create our own crafts and even my niece who teaches youth sunday school pulls from my collection. we do everything from making scrapbooks, crowns, bookmarks, napkin holders, etc…. We have a wonderful time!!!! Thanks for this opportunity to win.

  • Gianna March 11, 2012, 12:16 am

    We do kits and crafts on our own.

  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey March 10, 2012, 8:38 pm

    Popsickle stick houses!

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  • Deborah March 10, 2012, 7:03 pm

    This past summer we took construction paper with us to Uruguay and made paper food — pizzas and hamburgers. Not only did E have fun, she also practiced cutting skills. (She was five at the time.)

    She loves to use her imagination with paper, tape, scissors, and color pencils or crayons. I need to find some fun things that give more guidance (especially for DJM), but for the time being I love watching E create… ;)

  • Jenny Lloyd March 10, 2012, 5:19 pm

    finger painting, playdoh and coloring are my “go to” crafts for my toddlers but i love to get premade kits from time to time and actually create something

  • Patty White March 10, 2012, 10:44 am

    We like to buy kits. Its nice to have direction. lol

  • Jessica B March 10, 2012, 9:06 am

    I love to finger paint with them.

  • Nikki M March 10, 2012, 7:33 am

    We have a lot of craft supplies at our house. I take out a few things at a time. We have pom poms, glue, crayons, googly eyes, paints (all kinds), stickers, and lots of color wonder!

  • jeannine s March 9, 2012, 10:43 pm

    We make pictures out of things around the house, like popcorn seeds, peices of string

  • susan varney March 9, 2012, 10:54 am

    we draw alot and do finger painting

  • Hannah Avery March 8, 2012, 2:49 pm

    We haven’t done much yet except some coloring and scribbling on paper. I want to start doing more though!

  • .:karen:. March 8, 2012, 11:05 am

    Watercolors, coloring books, plain paper so she can “write”, crafts with handprints are always fun. :)

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  • Jodi Kershuk March 8, 2012, 9:31 am

    We love making play doh and coloring!

  • Christine March 7, 2012, 11:26 pm

    We love to do crafts using Puzzles.
    Thanks for the chance!

  • Carmen Van Deursen March 7, 2012, 5:29 pm

    I like to put my own crafts together with the help of pinterest.

  • Nina March 7, 2012, 10:44 am

    I’m trying to do more crafts with my 3 year old, mostly drawing, painting, and contact paper things!

  • angela m March 7, 2012, 10:09 am

    I am not very crafty so we like the kits

  • Carrie Phelps March 7, 2012, 6:38 am

    I care for four children under the age of five & we love both craft kits and making our own crafts. I have a craft “center” set up to easily craft with them.

  • Amanda Alvarado March 6, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Dd is happy with a coloring book and crayons or markers! LOL I’ve been trying to get her to use water paints but she’s not too interested in it (guess that’s premade?). She loves to help me cook and bake (yeah I know it’s not really a craft) too

  • Kris I. March 6, 2012, 3:36 pm

    I love premade kits, but also sometimes let my daughter play with glue and sequins, etc.

  • Erin March 6, 2012, 1:48 pm

    We honestly haven’t done many crafts…I need to be more creative! We stick (ha!) with stickers, crayons, or markers.

  • Pamela James March 6, 2012, 10:30 am

    A big roll of paper across the floor and some paint or crayons!

  • Eileen March 6, 2012, 7:37 am

    I’m not good with coming up with my own crafts, so kits it is for me!

  • Shannon March 6, 2012, 1:52 am

    My toddler like to glue stuff and use stickers. I usually collect my own, but it is much easier if it premade!

  • debbie m March 5, 2012, 11:04 pm

    we love to draw and paint…super easy!

  • anna pry March 5, 2012, 10:53 pm

    finger painting with pudding, easy and edible too

  • Kelly March 5, 2012, 10:30 pm

    I like to gather things from the craft store and make stuff up as we go!

  • Lauren Simms March 5, 2012, 3:38 pm

    all about kits! I just don’t have time to gather all the materials nor do I have the space to store everything. These kits are amazing. My daughter got one as a Christmas present and adores it!

  • ColleenMarie82 March 5, 2012, 11:50 am

    I Like pre-made kits, I am not that creative :(

  • Paula Tavernie March 5, 2012, 11:24 am

    I normally do the pre made kits!

  • Trisha W. March 5, 2012, 11:18 am

    Sadly. I don’t do many crafts with my toddlers these days. I did like making hand print casts though.

  • Stephanie Klemm March 5, 2012, 11:07 am

    I like to use what we have on hand. Right now he likes to color, use the homemade play dough, or I just built him a big fort out of cardboard boxes :)

  • Nikole H. March 5, 2012, 11:06 am

    So far our crafts are all of the coloring and painting persuasion… from my stash of art supplies :) It’s time to branch out!!!

  • Sarah Hull March 5, 2012, 1:36 am

    My son really likes stickers, playdough and coloring with crayons or with white board markers. I really like making crafts with my son – I’m a huge fan of Pinterest for ideas and I’m starting to make some felt boards for him!

  • Rochel S March 5, 2012, 12:31 am

    We love making creations with playdough! My son especially loves coloring and putting stickers everywhere!

  • Lori B March 4, 2012, 8:57 pm

    My go to crafty stuff is almost always nature stuff. We’re out in the boonies bordered by a lake on one side and woods on another. Also several farms nearby. Really all we need to do find stuff to craft with is go outside….feathers, leaves, stones, sticks, etc. is the start of all the fun!

  • Anna-Leigh March 4, 2012, 7:45 pm

    Lately macaroni art has taken over. Anything that involves glue definitely keeps my girl occupied too ;-)

  • Monica Pelletier March 4, 2012, 7:21 pm

    I have a stash of goodies that I’ve saved from crafts through the years. A little glitter, glue and tissue paper make for endless fun and messes!

  • Marysa N. March 4, 2012, 6:08 pm

    We do some of our own crafts, but I try to stay away from anything that is too messy. We love stuff like stickers and coloring!
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  • Jessi G March 4, 2012, 5:56 pm

    I am horrible with craft ideas! I usually get the $1 ones at target, the dollar store or walmart. My kids appreciate it either way :)

  • Rachel March 4, 2012, 1:15 pm

    We usually make our own crafts using construction paper, stickers, popsicle sticks, googly eyes, and paint. If I do find an easy to make craft kit I definitely get it, but usually the ones I find our too hard for my toddler.

  • Ashley Hatten March 4, 2012, 11:11 am

    We tend to go with craft kids such as foam and clay. Thank you!

  • Kristi March 4, 2012, 11:07 am

    We tend to make our own crafts. Right now the chalk board is the favorite or just stickers. I need to bust out the finger paints though now that it is nice and we can take it outside.

  • anne perry March 4, 2012, 11:05 am

    We have been using bubbles & non toxic crayons. Also corn starch & water for some sensory play.

  • rebecca w March 4, 2012, 10:18 am

    I’ve been teaching my daughter to spell her name. I write out her name and have her glue small items to it (buttons, acorns, etc)

  • jayedee dewitt March 4, 2012, 9:43 am

    we love stickers, that foam ‘clay’ stuff, and pipecleaners are always a winner. most projects are homemade but i love craft kits too!

  • Tamara Szogedi March 4, 2012, 9:36 am

    I love stickers! A piece of paper and some stikckers and they are happy!

  • Crunchy Beach Mama March 4, 2012, 9:28 am

    We have been really into the sidewalk chalk lately. As far as projects we do both – find supplies we already have and buy the kits. These look really great!

    I’m still loving that shirt!

  • Janet W. March 4, 2012, 9:24 am

    I haven’t tried any crafts with my grandson as he just recently turned 2. However, I would probably go with the pre-made kits because it’s probably easier.

  • Colleen Maurina March 4, 2012, 9:23 am

    We use colorful construction paper, colored craft sticks, cotton balls and many other craft materials! Stickers are a favorite right now!

  • Sandy VanHoey March 4, 2012, 9:17 am

    I live with my daughter and grandson and she has oodles of craft things they make. From using markers to pom pom thingy’s and soooo much

  • JustCorey March 4, 2012, 9:11 am

    I usually precut shapes for my 2 year old for him to paste onto a page, we are at the end of the ABCs right now. I also let him cut (with help) some images that I uaually just print from the computer. I like the free printables from 1+1+1=1 and DLTKids

  • Vashti M March 3, 2012, 9:50 pm

    Homemade play dough and beads with string or pipcleaners :)

  • Jessica Holmes March 3, 2012, 8:52 pm

    I love the foam stuff! I also love the color wonder markers so they can’t write on anything but the special paper.