Quick Preschool Crafts: Complete in Under 30 Minutes!

Looking for quick and easy crafts to do with your toddler? Here are some fun and simple preschool crafts that take less than 30 minutes to complete!

preschool crafts completed in 30 minutes or less!

Keeping preschoolers engaged and occupied can be challenging, especially on days when they are full of energy and looking for something to do. One way to help them burn off some of that energy while having fun is by introducing them to a variety of quick crafts that can be completed within 30 minutes.

These quick crafts for toddlers are not only fun and engaging but also promote creativity, fine motor skills, and cognitive development. They are easy to set up, require minimal supervision, and encourage the use of some common household items and craft supplies. With this in mind, let’s look at some of the best (and fastest) preschool crafts…

Preschool Crafts

Looking for quick and easy crafts to do with your toddler? Here are some fun and simple preschool crafts that take less than 30 minutes to complete!

Animal Crafts for Preschoolers


Coffee Filter Butterflies

Make these cute butterflies out of coffee filters using inexpensive supplies! Kids will love to make these for spring or summer.


Crumpled Paper Turtle

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Who doesn't love crumpling up paper? This turtle craft is sure to be a hit with your little ones!


Cotton Ball Sheep

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If you're looking for a fun spring craft, create your very own fluffy sheep! This is a great cotton ball craft for little ones.


Handprint Chicken

A fun canvas art project turning a handprint into a chicken (or turkey). Neat artwork you can hang in a kid's bedroom!



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Playdough, pipe cleaners and googly eyes are all your kids will need to make these not-so-scary spiders!


Lacing Jellyfish

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Have fun coloring the free downloadable jellyfish and then adding tentacles using colorful pipe cleaners!

Preschool Holiday Crafts


Halloween Pinata

Make a mini mummy pinata using a toilet paper roll and some creativity! This is so fun for Halloween, but can be adapted to other occasions and holidays.


Coffee Filter Turkeys

Learn how to make a cute little turkey craft for Thanksgiving using a coffee filter and a clothespin! Kids will love this idea.


Christmas Tree

Are you looking for an inexpensive, mess-free, and super easy Christmas craft for kids? This fun little paper cup tree is simple enough for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners.


Paper Pumpkins

Make a paper pumpkin, step by step! Kids are going to love this fun craft idea for fall and Halloween.


Planet Earth Pom-Poms

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It's so easy to make these cute pom poms inspired by the planet Earth! This is a quick and easy Earth Day craft for preschoolers, kindergartners, or elementary kids. Work those fine motor skills!


Coffee Filter Bats

Learn how to make a cute little bat craft for Halloween using a coffee filter and a clothespin! Kids will love this idea.


Pasta Easter Eggs

Make colorful macaroni and pasta noodle Easter eggs with simple supplies. This is a fun Easter craft activity for toddlers and preschoolers, plus there's a free template included.

Preschool Nature Crafts


Pinecone Turkey

Learn how to make a turkey pinecone in a few simple steps! This is a great Thanksgiving craft for kids.


Leaf Monsters

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Use neighborhood gathered leaves and extra craft supplies to create fun little monsters!


Rock Painting Ideas

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Do you need rock painting ideas for spreading rock art around your neighborhood or for the Kindness Rocks Project? Here’s some easy stone painting inspiration and tips!


Leaf Rubbing Collages

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Use various leaf shapes and sizes to make this collage. Using crayons, you have so many color options.


Pine Cone Hedgehog

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Salt dough and pinecones come together to create cute little hedgehogs! I love the addition of the colorful leaves.

Recycling Crafts for Toddlers


Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars

Learn how to make the cutest DIY binoculars with toilet paper rolls! This is a fun summer craft for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary kids to play with outside.


Egg Carton Turtle

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Turn an egg carton into 12 little turtles with this fun craft for toddlers! Adults will need to help with the cutting, but everything else can be accomplished by kids.


Flower Stamping

Easily create a flower stamp using a plastic bottle! User various sizes of bottles for different size flowers.


CD Snail

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Your little ones can practice their cutting skills with this cute snail craft. Cut a spiral the size of an old CD and attach it!


Treasure Chest

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Kids can create their very own treasure chest using an egg carton. They will not only have fun making it, but filling it with treasures too!

Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers


Painting With Jelly Beans

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This is a fun art project for kids to make around Easter time! Gather some leftover jellybeans and try this painting technique.


Crayon Resist Art

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Use a white crayon to create resist art rainbows on paper plates. The watercolor paint won't stick to the crayon drawing!


Fingerprint Art

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Kids will love using their fingers to paint beautiful dandelion art! You can use paints, or stamp ink for this project.


Water Lilies Art

Have some messy fun with this Claude Monet inspired water lily art for kids. They will enjoy the feel of the paint on their hands as they mix the colors on a paper plate!


Puffy Paint Moon

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Make your own homemade puffy paint for this moon art. A fun activity when talking about space and the moon!

Seasonal Crafts for Toddlers



You'll love learning how to make this cute coffee filter snowflake craft, perfect for kids this Christmas or winter! Adults love these too.


Bug Cards

These DIY bug cards are the perfect summer crafts for kids! Make them easily with stickers, ink pads, and other simple supplies. Children will love making them!


Bear Cave

Stay in on a chilly winter day and make this bear cave paper plate craft. You can talk about hibernation and then curl up under a blanket!



This rainbow craft is super easy using colored craft sticks! Oh, and I love the idea of using cotton pads in crafting.



Celebrate the start of fall with a dyed and glittered pumpkin craft for kids. I'd make a collection of pumpkins in big and small sizes.



Make these cute flowers out of coffee filters using inexpensive supplies! Kids will love this project for spring or summer.


Hot Chocolate

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Make your kids their own cup of hot chocolate (don’t forget one for you too) using this cute idea. This winter activity is super easy, and kids of all ages can enjoy including your preschooler or toddler!

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