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30 Fun Craft Sites to Keep Your Toddler and You Busy During the Summer

photo by: Abigail Batchelder

Soaring temperatures, sunny days and a toddler at home all day? Time to look for some fun but frugal ways to keep your toddler busy and happy and what can be better than crafts?! Since am not a natural with arts and craft, I need to look for help and resources and luckily, the Internet is filled with helpful people willing to share their craft ideas and tips. I’d like to round off this 1st month of a full-blown summer here in India with some of my favorite haunts for craft inspiration.

So, here is a giant list of 30 craft sites and blogs for preschoolers and their parents. Bookmark it and you’ll never hear a “I’m bored, mama” again! And while you’re at it, check out Jessica Fisher’s Summer Survival Guide for over 200-pages of super affordable, summer fun.

Arts and Crafts Websites

1.    Kaboose : Best part – A cool craft finder feature, lots of lovely galleries and excellent ideas sorted according to seasons, occasions and more.

2.    About.com Family Crafts: Best part – You get both a site and a blog and yes, you should totally sign up for Sherri’s newsletter. Again, easy to find crafts for various age-groups, holidays/events, material used, technique, theme and lots more.

3.    Martha Stewart Crafts: Best part – You have homemade toy crafts, nature crafts and rock crafts. So cool!

4.    Busy Bee Kids’ Crafts: Best part – Most of the crafts are super-easy to make. Plus, they have an edible crafts section too.

5.    Nick Jr. Crafts: Best part- You can make crafts according to your child’s favourite cartoon character – Dora, Max and Ruby, Bubble Guppies and more. Love it!

6.    Kinder Art: Best part – Hundreds and hundreds of ideas for all sorts of crafts. If I don’t find something at any site, chances are I’ll find it here.

7.    Danielle’s Place: Best part – Looking for African crafts? You’ll find it here. Yes, the site has an amazing selection which includes crafts according to country, personalities, states and more. Maine crafts, anyone?

8.    Disney Family Fun: Best part – Includes several videos and has a really sweet selection of toddler and preschooler crafts.

9.    Enchanted Learning: Best part – Huge resource for everything crafty. Literally, huge.

10.  Parenting : Best part – The site is my go-to for inspiration, advice and encouragement and DIY ideas as well.  

11.  Parents : Best part – Again, a go-to for everything including fun, frugal indoor activities and crafts.

12.  Kiboomu: Best part – Besides crafts and printables, the site has songs for kids too and some fun apps as well.

13.  Baby Zone: Best part – Has a message board, besides a great crafts treasure chest.

14.  Craft Gossip: Best part – Has plenty of craft ideas for older children and some for younger kids and lots for you. Also, they cover tutorials and posts from other craft blogs so you come across some real great finds.

Crafts Blogs by Moms Who’re Awesome at Preschool Craft

15.  Come Together Kids: Best part- Laura’s blog has more than crafts, it has fun ideas, recipes and yes, lots of crafts to make the kiddos happy.

16.  Make and Takes: Best part – Some of the most amazing yet easy craft ideas can be found here. From paper plate tropical fish to hand puppets, you’ll find ‘em all here.

17.  Impress Your Kids: Best part – Has a great mix of Christian crafts along with other regular crafts. Since I’m introducing Manini (our daughter) to the Bible, I often turn to Amanda’s site for craft ideas to  help remember verses and more.

18.  Create. Celebrate. Explore: Best Part – You can find cake decorating, party planning and crafts all under one lovely umbrella of a site. It is like a candy store with paper crafts, green crafts, kids crafts and so much more.  

19.  5 Orange Potatoes: Best part – Some great photos and completely awesome Nature-themed craft ideas.

20.  Let’s Explore: Best part – So much more than crafts. You’ll find handmade gift ideas, downloads and lots more.

21.  Modern Parents Messy Kids: Best part – besides the name, I love the tutorials on everything DIY.

22.  Pink and Green Mama: Best part- Hundreds of activities for you to “Create. Play. Explore”

23.  Chalk in My Pocket: Best part – Besides the lovely photos, you’ll love how easy it is to have fun with crafts and kids. I also love the DIY interior design ideas and tips.

24.  Tinker Lab: Best part – Really adorable and simple crafts that are high on fun and low on costs.

25.  I Can Teach My Child: Best part – Jenae is a former teacher and draws on her experiences to create the most wonderful “lessons” for kids, especially preschoolers. A Ziploc “My Body” Book anyone?  

26.  Childhood 101: Best part – There is a happy blend of using crafts for learning, play and fun.

27.  Crafts by Amanda: Best part – The tagline says  it all, “easy craft tutorials for kids and adults”

28.  The Chocolate Muffin Tree: Best part – Love the name! The craft ideas are great too since Melissa is mom to a preschooler and shares stuff they do and make together.

29.  Filthy Wizardry: Best part – A huge collection of fun crafty gift ideas.  

30.  Skip to My Lou : Best part – Crafts for all ages from kids to adults.

Note: This list is in no particular order and naturally, some of the blogs are not only about crafts.  

Do you have a favorite crafts site or blog? Maybe you write your own art & craft blog? Please share and I’ll be happy to add you to my list!

Prerna


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Comments

  1. This is fantastic and exactly what I need to help my kids have a great summer:)

  2. You are amazing, Prerna…what a great list for moms, dads and any caregiver of young children! Thank you for taking the time to research all of these. I plan to add those I don’t already follow to my list of go-to places for ideas. :)

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Thank you Vivian. I’m so glad you found the list helpful! Feel free to add your own faves in the comments or email me and I’ll update the list:-)

  3. I’m just like you… I love to do crafts with my kiddo, but I’m clueless when it comes to thinking them up. Thank heaven for all the awesome people on the web who ARE good at that! This is a fantastic list! I was familiar with a few of them… but many many are new. Can’t wait to check them all out, and find some fun things for us to do this summer.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      I know, Jackie! I don’t know what I would do without these folks! LOL. Hope you enjoy their sites as much as I do and have plenty of summer crafting with your li’l one.

  4. Wow!! is all I can say Prerna….some wonderful websites for all thing related to kids…..what more can a mom ask for….thank you once again for leading us to such amazing resources.
    Read your interview on “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of Prerna Malik” in Life..Your Way was nice to see your family pics and to know a little more about you.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Ranjeetha! Thank you. So glad you found the post useful. And even, happier to know you read my interview.. Maybe some day we can meet up and exchange notes in real life:-)

  5. Hi Prerna!,
    This is what I wanted exactly. With two small kids at home, keeping them engaged is the first thing I think of as soon as I get up every morning. Especially because my four year old is having his summer holidays. Your post is very informative and would do a lot of good to moms like me.
    Menaka Bharathi
    http://www.simpleindianmom.in

  6. Don’t forget us at http://www.piggygiggles.com :)
    Thanks
    Brenda

  7. Great list! I also love http://belladia.typepad.com/crafty_crow/

  8. Fantastic list – thank so much for including Modern Parents Messy Kids!

  9. I’m honored to be part of this wonderful list…and I’m your newest fan! Some of these sites are new to me, and I look forward to hopping around.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Rachelle, delighted you like the list. Do share some of your own faves. I’m always on the lookout for more fun, useful, mom-owned craft blogs to follow:-)

  10. That is a great list!! Lots of new websites listed and some all time favorite blogs included. Would like to add http://artfulparent.typepad.com/

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Roopa! Thank you for sharing and glad you like the list. I’d definitely check out Artful Parent and bookmark it! Always looking for more ideas:-)

  11. Heya! I realize this is sort of off-topic but I needed to ask. Does running a well-established blog like yours take a lot of work? I’m completely new to writing a blog but I do write in my diary daily. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my own experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any ideas or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

  12. Adrienne Burgess says:

    I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my own experience and views online. Thank you. Thank you for sharing and glad you like the list.

  13. Thanks for such a large resource! I will checking back again and again!

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