Like postal workers, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will prevent your kids from tearing through (and tearing apart) your house when they’re bored. As tempting as it is to plunk a tablet in front of them, letting the warm glow of Disney+ entertain them while you try to restore some sense of order—and get maybe five seconds of peace—you want to wait until they’re at least a solid tween before they get completely screen-obsessed. So how do you keep them occupied? That’s where these crafts for toddlers come in. They’re fun, they’re easy enough for the 2- to 4-year-old set and they won’t cover your house in glitter, glue and googly eyes.
Most of these crafts can be tackled using things you already own, sparing you a trip to the store. And if you want to feel really good about your decisions, it’s worth noting that all of them tackle one of the CDC’s four main categories of early childhood learning: social and emotional skills, language and communication, physical development and learning/problem solving. Hello, mom of the year.