Craft Based Toddler Group Activities

Craft based toddler group activities- fruit and vegetable printing

Craft based toddler group activities are great because the children get to express themselves and take something home at the end. I’ve included four ideas here but don’t forget, toddlers will have a great time with some crayons and colouring sheets too.

Personally I prefer open ended activities where the children choose their own way of creating but I have also included a great mother or Father’s Day card here which is a bit more prescriptive.

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Fruit and Vegetable Printing

This is a great craft based toddler group activity for helping little ones to develop fine motor skills as well as introducing them to a range of fruits and vegetables which may (or may not!) encourage them to try them later. Parents will need to keep an eye on the children to make sure they don’t have a nibble on the painty fruit!

What you’ll need

A selection of fruits and vegetables, I used:








Paints in a variety of colours

Paper plates


Aprons or old shirts


Cut up the fruits and vegetables and put them on the plate. Pour some of each paint on to paper plates. Give it each child a piece of paper and let them experiment with the different shapes they can make.


Craft based toddler group activities- fruit and veg printing

While they may not eat their veg, most kids love painting with them


Leaf Rubbing

This is a lovely autumn craft based toddler group activity. Toddlers can be a bit heavy handed with real leaves so laminating them makes them a bit tougher and stops them getting eaten!

What you’ll need

Leaves (thick ones with strong vein patterns are best)

Laminator (these are available cheaply from Amazon)

Laminating pouches

Paper crayons



Place leaves inside the laminating pouches and run through the laminator. Give the children a piece of paper each and show them how to place the laminated leave underneath it then rub the crayon or pencil over the top.


 leaf rubbing

These laminated leaves can be reused each year for an autumn toddler group activity


Mother’s Day or Father’s day Cards

Children love to create something special for people they love and this craft based toddler group activity allows them to do just that. 

What you’ll need

A4 White/light coloured card

Black marker pen/felt tip

Coloured paper or tissue paper


Envelopes (optional)


Before the group, fold the card in half to create a greetings card. With the marker or felt tip drawer a heart in the Bottom half of the card. Above it write “I Love You to Pieces”. You’ll need to do at least one per child, if you’re about doing too many, take the equipment with you so you can Maori in the day if needs be. Cut the coloured paper  or tissue paper into small pieces. At the group, give each child a card and show them how to glue the coloured “pieces” into the heart.


Father’s Day card

Creating cards at toddler group can save parents a job


Sponge Painting

This similar to the fruit and vegetable paintings activity but you can offer a wider range of shapes for the children to experiment with.

What you’ll need

Shaped sponges

A selection of paint colours

Paper plates


Aprons or old shirts


You can buy some great shaped sponges for this, which is what idea but if budget is a problem you can just buy some cheap sponges and create your own basic shapes from them. This works well for teaching children about colour and shape. Put the different paint colours on different plates and put on the table with the sponges. Give each child a piece of paper and let them create.


Craft based toddler group activities- sponge painting

Painting with sponges makes a great craft activity at toddler group


Looking for non craft based toddler group activities?

You can have a look at our messy play activities and food based activities. If you need to guidance on selecting suitable activities, have a look at How to choose toddler group activities. The Pre School Learning Alliance also have some great advice on setting up toddler groups.


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  1. March 7, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    I love doing fruit and vegetable painting with kids. They’re always so fascinated by the different shapes they create. It’s a great way of encouraging greater observation of natural objects. I’ve never thought of laminating leaves to make them more robust for leaf rubbing. That’s a great idea. #KisandKreativity

  2. March 14, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    Not actually done this with my children for a long time! #kidsandkreativity

  3. March 14, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    Great ideas! I hadn’t though of laminating leaves before doing rubbings- going to pinch that one! Thanks for linking up with #KidsandKreativity, hope to see you back next time

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