As the weather cools off, you’ll start looking for indoor activities for your children. Arts and crafts are always fun because once you’re finished, you have a keepsake to hang on the fridge or a bedroom wall. Below are some simple arts and crafts that you can do with your toddler, even if he or she doesn’t have much skill. Click each link to read a more detailed explanation with steps.

1. Homemade Play Dough

Play dough is a great toy to help your kids develop their fine motor skills. This recipe is especially great because it gives your dough a fun scent and vibrant colors. It’s also super simple to make at home with ingredients you probably have already, and a lot less toxic than the store-bought variety.

2. Handprint Fall Tree

Get into the spirit of the season by creating a painting of a tree. This is another craft that improves fine motor skills, and also improves your child’s recognition and understand of color. All you need is some white paper, fall-colored paints, a paint brush and some cotton swabs. Create the trunk and braches using the brush, then dot the tree with red, yellow, and orange leaves.

3. DIY Chalk Board Hanging

This one is fun because it is useful long after the project ends. Chalkboard paint is easy to make with materials you can find at your local hardware store. Once you mix the paint, apply it to the inside of a cheap serving pan (which you could get a dollar store). Using a hot glue gun, affix a bit of wire or ribbon to the back so it easily hangs on a nail. Use it for messages, reminders, or drawing silly pictures on the wall.

4. Edible Finger Paint

It’s tough to let little kids paint because they inevitably put their fingers in their mouths. Edible finger paints are a wonderful way to introduce kids to color and allow them to express themselves. These finger paints are basically just pudding with food coloring, and they’re easy to make.

5. Homemade Goop

This squishy, slimy concoction doesn’t serve much purpose; it’s just a lot of fun to handle. Using glue, cornstarch, food coloring and water, you can create a bowl full of slimy goop for your little one to run his or her hands through. It’s a fantastic way to teach texture and basic science concepts.

6. Block Prints

This craft is exceedingly easy, so it’s perfect for the youngest kids. You probably have a set of blocks somewhere in your child’s toy box. Pull out a couple pieces and dip their ends in various colored, washable paints. Use the blocks like stencils to create intricate designs on construction paper or poster board.

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