29+ Creative Mothers Day Crafts for Toddlers That Spark Joy

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As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to celebrate the special bond between moms and their little ones with heartfelt crafts. 

Picture the happiness on Mom’s face when she receives a gift made by her toddler – it’s a moment filled with pure joy and love. 

This Mother’s Day, let’s dive into these cute and easy Mothers Day crafts for toddlers that will bring warmth to mom’s heart and create cherished memories for the whole family.

Are you in a hurry?

Here are some quick ideas for you to check out:

Mothers Day Crafts for Toddlers

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Choosing the perfect Mother’s Day crafts for toddlers might seem tricky at first. 

But I’ve learned that the key is to pick projects that are just right for their age and easy for their little hands to manage. 

This not only makes crafting fun for both of you but also gives you a chance to bond. 

Don’t know how you feel, but I’m so happy when I get to do something with my son, especially when we’re crafting together – not only do we get to work together on something memorable, but it turns into a special memory. 

TIP: start by getting ready the materials, like safe paint, big paper, mason jars, chunky pom poms, or any other materials you have at home that toddlers can handle easily. 

It’s important to be realistic about what you can achieve – remember, it’s about enjoying the process, not just the result. This is why, whenever I come up with a have an idea, I try to give him a few instructions. Maybe just a generic name for what we’re trying to create, but that’s where I stop. I let his imagination fly and I absolutely love that!

The best crafts are the ones that let kids get a bit messy and be creative, like handprint flowers or simple fingerprint art.

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Top things to keep in mind when crafting with toddlers

a child's hands with paint on a white paper

Before we dive deeper into the list of cute Mother’s Day craft ideas, here are some things to keep in mind when crafting with a toddler. 

I know from experience that’s not an easy task to do. Things can get messy quickly and the crafting session might be a lot shorter than the clean-up after that. 

  • Keep it simple – toddlers have short attention spans, so a lot of instructions might be overwhelming to them
  • Safety first – I cannot stress this enough, safety is supper important when it comes to kids, so make sure you always prioritize safety when selecting materials. Opt for non-toxic, child-friendly supplies such as washable paints, large crayons, and child-safe scissors. Remember to supervise closely to prevent accidents or ingestion of small parts.
  • Expect things to get messy – crafting with a toddler, especially painting is MESSY! So it’s best to prepare for it. When my son was very young I used to cover the floors around his highchair and dressed him up with one of those kids painting clothes.
  • Encourage Independence – allow toddlers to explore and experiment with the materials as much as possible. Offer guidance when needed, but also let them take the lead in their crafting journey. 
  • Focus on the process – as I already mentioned above, the end result is not that important, but rather the journey of crafting together. Celebrate each step of the process, from selecting materials to creating artwork, to reinforce the joy of creativity and bonding.

Mother’s Day Crafts for Toddlers Ideas

Two colorful handprint cards with flowers and hearts, a sweet and thoughtful gift for someone special.

Here’s a list of easy Mother’s Day crafts for young kids, that older kids can make too!

  1. Handprint Flower Bouquet – create a colorful bouquet using your toddler’s handprints and mom’s favorite colors.
  2. Paper Plate Flower Card – craft beautiful flowers using colorful paper plates and paint. You can even take this a step further and add a special message on the center of the flower.
  3. Thumbprint Heart Magnets – this craft may be more for moms, but still a great Mother’s Day craft. Make cute heart magnets with your toddler’s thumbprints. Can be also a good craft for older siblings. 
  4. Reasons I Love You Printable – if you’re looking for a quick and simple project, check out this Reasons I Love You Printable where kids of all ages can fill in the reasons why they love Mom. Younger children can draw, glue, or color in, whereas older kids can use words to express their love. 
  5. Footprint Flower Keepsake – the best way of preserving your toddler’s footprints in a lovely flower keepsake.
  6. Mother’s Day Handprint Print – capture your toddler’s handprint on paper as a special Mother’s Day print.
  7. Fingerprint Art Bookmark – I think this is one of the best homemade Mother’s Day gifts. Design a unique bookmark with your toddler’s fingerprints.
  8. Tissue Paper Flower Card – craft a vibrant flower card using tissue paper.
  9. Button Heart Art – let your little one create a heart-shaped art piece using colorful buttons.
  10. Painted Rock Paperweight – other fun mothers day crafts to enjoy with young children. Decorate a rock as a paperweight with paint and markers.
a child painting a heart on a stamp made of potato
  1. Paper Plate Handprint Wreath – who says wreaths are only for Christmas? Create a colorful wreath using paper plates and tiny handprints. 
  2. Stamped Heart Card – you can pretty much create a stamp out of anything you have at home – potatoes, celery, toilet roll, you name it. Create a homemade card by stamping hearts onto paper. Make it extra special, by writing a message for mom.
  3. Fingerprint Flower Pot – who doesn’t love some nice handprint crafts? Personalize a flower pot with colorful tiny fingerprints.
  4. Personalized Coffee Cup – decorating coffee cups can be another mother’s day gift idea and if you add a special message or drawing is even better.
  5. Mason Jar Candle Holder – transform a mason jar into a beautiful candle holder with paint or decorations.
  6. Popsicle Stick Photo Frame – construct a charming photo frame using popsicle sticks.
  7. Decorated Tote Bag – customize a tote bag with fabric markers or paint. These are some other adorable mother’s day gifts.
  8. Salt Dough Handprint Ornament –  create a lasting keepsake by imprinting your toddler’s handprint onto salt dough. 
  9. Decorated Photo Frame – does your child like gluing things? Decorating a photo frame with stickers, or other decorations can be a simple way of entertaining your little one as well as creating a nice memory for mom.
  10. Pom Pom Flowers – craft colorful flowers using pom poms and pipe cleaners.
a child's hands making clay
  1. Bottle Cap Magnet Photo Frame – love some nice crafts using recycled materials? Consider making a magnetic photo frame using bottle caps and adhesive magnets.
  2. Egg Carton Flower Bouquet – repurpose egg cartons into a bouquet with paint and paper.
  3. Felt Heart Keychain – glue together felt hearts to create a cute keychain.
  4. Butterfly Fingerpainting – have fun creating butterfly handprint cards or fingerpainting colorful butterflies on paper.
  5. Heart Balloon Card – have fun creating a sweet card featuring heart-shaped balloons using a paper roll. 
  6. Love you to pieces card is another great way for toddlers to express their love for Mother’s Day. Click here to get the free printable template. 
  7. Mother’s Day Mason Jar Vase – turn a mason jar into a lovely vase with paint or ribbon.
  8. Salt Dough Heart Magnets – shape salt dough into hearts and add magnets for adorable fridge decorations.
  9. Fingerprint Dandelion – use fingerprints to create the fluffy seed head of a dandelion on paper.
  10. Cupcake Liner Flowers – check out this easy craft using cupcake liners, straws, and glue. I think these are the cutest flower crafts I’ve ever seen. 

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FAQ about Mother’s Day Crafts for Toddlers

toddlers painting with paintbrushes
  • What can I make with my toddler for Mother’s Day?

    There are lots of fun things you can do together! Try simple crafts like handprint cards, fingerprint flowerpots, or painting a picture together. You could also make a personalized picture frame, decorate a flower pot, or create a handprint keepsake. The most important thing is to have fun and show Mom how much you love her with your homemade gift!

  • How do I make sure the crafts are safe for my toddler?

    Make sure to use safe stuff like non-poisonous materials and watch your toddler closely while crafting. Use tools and things that are easy for them to handle and don’t have small parts they could swallow.

  • What if my toddler gets bored while we’re crafting?

    Toddlers can get bored quickly. Keep the crafts simple and fun, and be ready to change things up if they lose interest. It’s okay to take breaks and come back to it later.

  • How can I handle the mess of crafting with toddlers?

    Messes are part of the fun! Use stuff that’s easy to clean, like washable paints, and cover your table with something you can throw away afterward. Let your toddler be messy and have fun with it.

  • Are there crafts that are good for toddlers to do?

    Yes! Things like handprint art, finger painting, and easy shapes are perfect for toddlers. You can try making things like handprint flowers or fingerprint activities.

  • What if my toddler gets upset or doesn’t want to do the craft?

    Crafting should be fun, so if your toddler gets upset or doesn’t want to do it, it’s okay to stop. You can try a different activity or take a break. Encourage them and tell them they’re doing great.

  • Can I change the crafts to fit different ages or abilities?

    Absolutely! You can make the crafts easier or harder depending on how old your toddler is. For younger toddlers, keep it simple. Older children might like more detailed projects.

  • What if I’m not good at crafting myself?

    Don’t worry! Crafting with toddlers is about having fun together, not being perfect. Just follow the instructions, be patient, and enjoy making memories with your little one.


a child painting with a finger next to an adult

This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate with these easy and adorable crafts that toddlers can make for Mom. 

From handprint bouquets to personalized picture frames, these gifts are filled with love and perfect for showing Mom how much she’s appreciated. 

So, get ready to have fun crafting and making memories together!

Don’t forget to share your favorite craft ideas or any additional suggestions you have in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you and learn about your special Mother’s Day activities and traditions!

Xx Kinga 

a little girl cutting a piece of paper
paint colors on a table and pom poms

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