Toddler craft box - what's in yours ?

(20 Posts)
givemecaffeine21 Sat 07-Jun-14 11:27:04

I've decided I need to organise a proper craft box for my 22 month old rather than just crayons and a few stickers. What is in yours and where do you get stuff from? Shops or online? All ideas welcome!

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 07-Jun-14 11:35:44

It's mostly just stuff from around the house at that age. We have milk lids, cardboard tubes, boxes of different sizes, tin foil, old xmas/birthday cards, sweet wrappers, just anything they can stick that looks/feels interesting.

Stuff that we've bought, mainly from �shop, home bargains and wilko includes glue and spreaders, paint and brushes, felt, foam, eyes, pipe cleaners, feathers, paper plates etc.

givemecaffeine21 Sat 07-Jun-14 12:20:34

Thanks outraged - that already gives me ideas of what to start saving from around the house!

HerrenaHarridan Sat 07-Jun-14 12:26:25

It's mostly recycling grin

Sweetie wrappers
Yoghurt pots
Tissue paper
Wrapping paper
Seed catalogue
Glue sticks

HerrenaHarridan Sat 07-Jun-14 12:26:32

It's mostly recycling grin

Sweetie wrappers
Yoghurt pots
Tissue paper
Wrapping paper
Seed catalogue
Glue sticks

MiaowTheCat Sat 07-Jun-14 14:08:28

B+M have a fabbo craft section in some of their stores (seems to be variable what they stock across the country though). Mine just tend to have crayons, different felt pens (when they're not going through phases of trying to colour themselves in purple), old greetings cards and cellophane wrappers (tragically involving eating lots of chocs) and the rest of the stuff I take 'em down the children's centre to do! But I'm still at an arkward age combination where I have a younger child who'll eat everything and a very flighty toddler still.

Also old diaries, notebooks and the million address books people buy me for Christmas year after year after year.

DIYandEatCake Sat 07-Jun-14 17:01:22

The Works are good for cheap supplies of coloured paper, glue sticks, glitter, paint, sparkly bits, feathers etc.
The best thing we got was an easel (cheap 2nd hand) - painting seems less messy but somehow easier that way, dd doesn't get paint all over her arms, and there are trays to hold the paint.

PollyCazaletWannabe Sat 07-Jun-14 17:11:07

How soon can you start with craft though snd how do you keep them focused?DP's DGS is 29 months and has in the last couple of months started to enjoy drawing with crayons, but he is equally likely to want to carry the crayons about, put them in his toy truck and give them a ride, 'post' them into boxes or put them in his mouth. We only bought him a set of crayons about 4 weeks ago and they are getting destroyed already. Is this normal? I'm worried about starting other craft with him in case the same happens. (Sorry for hijack OP)

PollyCazaletWannabe Sat 07-Jun-14 17:11:33

Sorry, that should read 19 months not 29!

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 07-Jun-14 17:37:01

It depends on the child really. Give it a try and see how he goes is the best way to find out. If you can take him to a playgroup to test it out and save yourself the mess, so much the better.

ipswichwitch Sat 07-Jun-14 17:59:48

I save the shredded paper a lots of companies use for packaging material every time I get a parcel.
The big tesco near us has a pretty decent craft section so I just bung one or two bits in the trolley when I shop and we've now got a decent stash of stickers, paints, sparkly bits to glue on, etc.

oobedobe Sat 07-Jun-14 19:00:24

I think when they are toddlers all they need are crayons, stickers, an aqua doodle, some plain and coloured paper and the odd painting session and playdoh . As they get older you can start doing more detailed crafts with little bits and pieces. Ours has evolved over the past 5 years (DD1 is nearly 6) and has all sorts in there, googly eyes, glitter glue, bits of material, fat markers, skinny markers, big crayons, little crayons, stamp sets, hole punch, beads, ribbon, craft scissors, old cards/envelopes - you end up with so much from people buying them stuff over the years and from birthdays/Christmas (art stuff is a great stocking filler), so don't feel you have to stock up much now, just get the box started and put a few things in there.

All kids are different regarding 'interest level' in crafts, but certainly you can introduce it from around 18 months, my nearly 2 year old will happily scribble in her high chair for a good 15/20 mins, I think if they are just breaking crayons on purpose I would stop the activity - my 5 year old loves crafts but probably didn't have much of an attention span for them as a toddler.

ikeaismylocal Sat 07-Jun-14 19:56:06

We have block crayons, they were from a waldorf shop, they are great, indestructible and they work whichever way you hold them.

Another favorite is a big roll of paper, we take ds's clothes off, roll out a 2/3 meter bit of paper and put different coloured paints on plastic plates, ds steps in a colour and then runs up and down the paper. He also drives his plastic cars through the paint. It's perfect for active toddlers who like to use there whole body to do things.

Ds is 17 months.

fififrog Sat 07-Jun-14 20:31:15

we love glitter and sparkly pompoms. crayola glitter glue is fab. cut up squares of tissue paper are very popular for gluing and DD has always liked stamping. get a big set of different types and sizes of paint brush - ours was £2 from Morrisons. she likes sticking leaves in the autumn.

givemecaffeine21 Sat 07-Jun-14 21:13:59

Thanks everyone - all very interesting. DD has only just stopped eating crayons to be honest at 22 months and there is no way I'm letting DS (11 months) near them! I like the aqua doodle idea.....

MrsMeeple Sat 07-Jun-14 21:33:11

Waterpaints in the big circle chunks - six to a palette - don't know what they're really called.
Paintbrushes
Coloured card - we have a big stack of A6 that he can choose a couple from.
Kids plastic "can only and barely at that cut paper"
Junk mail catalogues
Glue stick
Pipe cleaners
Big beads and string
Pasta tubes for threading
Paper plates
Polystyrene plates for sewing with a big thick needle
Yarn remnants
Fabric remnants
Kids fat pencils
Finger paints
Big paper (A3), thicker than usual
Sticky tape (HUGE favourite)
Post-it type labels

MrsMeeple Sat 07-Jun-14 21:34:13

Oops. That was supposed to say "kids plastic .... Scissors"

fififrog Sat 07-Jun-14 23:54:12

yes i just popped back to recommend scissors too! amazing. v good for developing pencil grip too, apparently! again, i shopped at morrisons, 2 pairs (1 straight 1 crinkle) for 48p!!! not seen them that cheap again though...

Artyparty Tue 10-Jun-14 19:23:28

Hello .caffine
Have you tried Baker Ross.co.uk ? Really good craft suppliers- I like the 'blanks' : photo frames, money boxes etc to decorate.
I also have watercolours & heavy paper which dd finds endlessly fascinating.
Pipe cleaners, wooden clothes pegs, doilys for making 'dolls'.
Finger printing kit. Stencils & foam printing stamps. Beads for threading... I could go on.....

givemecaffeine21 Tue 10-Jun-14 20:33:04

Thanks Arty - I will check them out!

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