20 Fun Arts and Crafts For 3 Year Olds To try

arts and crafts for 3 year olds

Keeping 3 year olds busy can be a real chore. Whether you’re a busy mom or a teacher, it’s tough work. That’s why we’ve curated this list of arts and fun crafts for 3 year olds that will keep them busy and having fun!

Paper Plate Butterflies

Photo: Artful Parent

Easy and fun for everyone, paper plate crafts are cheap and always a great choice. Click here to learn how to make these paper plate butterflies!

Squirt Gun Painting

Photo: Fireflies and Mudpuppies

Okay, I’m a little jealous I didn’t get to do this as a kid. Squirt gun painting – how cool! Just set up some canvases outside and let your kids go to town making their own abstract art. Click here to see more pics and ideas.

Cloud Dough

Photo: Growing A Jeweled Rose

This non-toxic play sand is fun to make, and you can use it for all kinds of activities. Kids can help mix it up in any colors they want, and then you can store it indefinitely for later! Click here to learn how to make it.

Paper Bag Monster Puppets

Photo: I Heart Crafty Things

RAWR! This crafty is a lot more cute than it is scary, and once you’re done you can put on a fun puppet show! Click here to see how to make them.

Mason Jar Banks

Photo: Make and Takes

Make saving fun by decorating these cute mason jar banks with your kids. Click here to see the materials list and help them learn how to save money for stuff they really want!

Painted Pasta Necklace

Photo: Picklebums

Let your kiddos make some fashions that are all their own with this painted pasta necklace tutorial! Click here to get the instructions/materials.

Paint Scrape Art

Photo: Hello Wonderful

Paint scraping is a fun painting activity that lets you make all kinds of cool designs. This one was features in our Christmas crafts for toddlers blog post! Click here to see the original post.

Potato Masher Art

Photo: Happy Toddler Playtime

Wow, who knew you could use a potato masher for arts and crafts!? Get even more cool ideas from the happy toddler playtime blog.

Painted Rustic Ornaments

Photo: Somewhat Simple

In our wooden Christmas crafts to make and sell article, we highlighted this cute tutorial for painting rustic wood slice ornaments! This cute holiday decoration is toddler friendly, and are made using paint thumb prints! Click here for the instructions and materials.

Draw Your Own Temporary Tattoos

Photo: Hello Wonderful

This one requires a bit of help on your part, but the kids get to make or color the designs! They’ll love being able to wear their art, and it’s tons of fun. Click here to see how to do it.

Slime Jars

Photo: The Best Ideas For Kids

This creepy fun idea was also features in our DIY Halloween arts and crafts blog, but it can be made for any occasion! Click here to see the tutorial at the original blog post.

Fireworks Painting

Photo: Danya Banya

A neat way for little ones to paint using cut up toilet paper rolls! Click here to see the materials list.

DIY Spin Art

Photo: Good Housekeeping

Make your own spin art using a salad spinner!! If you’ve got one lying around, this is a really fun craft to do. Click here to see what you need.

DIY Foam Paint

Photo: Dabbles and Babbles

Make painting time even more fun with this DIY foam paint. Kids can make all kinds of fun art with this and clean up is easy since it’s made with shaving cream and food coloring. Click here to see how to do it.

Custom Mug Painting

This craft from Tidy Mom was also features in our Christmas crafts to sell at bazaars blog post, but you know what? It’s also a GREAT craft for kids. You can make them together and fill them with candy as gifts, or just let them go to down decorating their own mug with stencils of their favorite characters!! Here are the instructions and materials.

Homemade Party Poppers

Photo: Red Ted Art

A perfect craft for celebrating the 4th of July or New Years Eve safely for kids. Have them make these fun party poppers and skip the dangerous stuff. Click here to get the tutorial.

Fire Breathing Dragon Toilet Paper Roll

Photo: One Little Project

This cool craft brings tons of fun after you’re done even, because you blow in the end and make it look like the flames are moving. How cool! Click here to see how to make these.

Cereal Box Aquarium

Photo: Best Ideas For Kids

Diaorama are fun, cheap, and easy to make for kids of all ages. While this example uses an aquarium, there’s no reason to limit yourself! You can make whatever scenes you want. Click here for the materials used for this one.

Pumpkin Painting

Photo: Studio DIY

When it gets close to spooky season don’t forget to let the kids help out! Decorating mini pumpkins is lots of fun and if you paint them it’s a very toddler friendly activity. Get more mini pumpkin decorating ideas here.

Salt Painting

Photo: I Heart Arts n Crafts

This neat craft will make kids go “WOAH!”, as they watch the paint mix and travel on the salt lines. Click here to learn how to do it and amaze your toddler.