There is a huge debate in the preschool world about crafts, but here is my opinion, they serve a purpose. Crafts aren’t art. Kids need to explore and create art freely with access to lots of materials and wide-open boundaries, where they focus on the process, not the product. That said, crafting is hugely beneficial when it’s added to a curriculum that includes ample opportunity to create and explore art. These preschool crafts work on fine motor development, skills like color and shape recognition and can help support other lessons at preschool. When done at home with a loving adult, it’s also a special together time. If you scroll back on my site, you’ll see my now teenager and I crafting together when he was just a toddler. That together time was priceless. Crafts aren’t art, but they aren’t the enemy either. Here are my favorite 35 preschool crafts that I have used at home and with students. It was very hard to choose just 35, so make sure you scroll through all our crafts for preschoolers here!
The best thing about these crafts is that they use everyday materials you may already have at home or in your classroom. For more everyday learning, check out my new book – Everyday Preschool!
Paper Bag Jellyfish
These paper bag jellyfish are a fun way to work on scissor skills with preschoolers.
I can’t resist rainbows, and this one made from hearts gives children a chance to manipulate shapes while creating. Of course, there doesn’t have to be any rules about making a standard rainbow. My preschoolers rarely do!
This was one of my first crafts that got noticed online. It’s a fun spring craft that helps support learning all about birds and nests.
Mother’s Day Bouquet Craft
This is a simple craft that my preschoolers have absolutely loved every year I’ve done it with them. It’s so simple, but they get so into making something special for someone they love. Another idea that uses artificial flowers is this flower tray, great for fine motor development!
Paper Roll Frankenstien
Have you seen this before? It went viral on Pinterest when I first shared it eons ago.
4th of July Mural
I’m not sure this photo does this 4th of July craft justice. It’s stunning in person and a great family or class group project.
Rock Easter Eggs
It’s worth getting acrylic paint just to make these. So cute! I have so many fun Easter crafts, but I think these might be my favorite.
Heart Family Portrait
Paper Plate Emotions Masks
Learning about emotions and crafting mash together in this must-do an activity.
Coffee Filter Hearts
Work on fine motor skills with this fun heart craft.
Use different colors of shapes based on the season you are in a while crafting. A bright green and pink one would be beautiful for springtime.
Button Letter Craft
This tactile letter activity is great for children just starting to notice the importance of letters, but it’s also great for children who need to work on fine motor skills. This means it’s great for everyone because they all need to work on them!
Milk Carton Bird Feeder
I love doing this activity around Earth Day because it teaches children to care for their fellow animals while also learning about recycling.
Puffy Paint Pumpkin
I do this sensory focused craft every fall, and students love it. Of course, you could cut out faces and turn them into jack-o-lanterns too!
Masking Tape Mummy
Are you getting sick of me extoling the wonders of fine motor skills? Well this craft does a wonderful job at making something fun for Halloween and working on those all important fine motor skills.
Paper Plate Pig
Pigs are rad. That’s all I have to say about this farm animal craft!
I teach at a church affiliated preschool and this craft is a favorite. Not only do we celebrate the origins of Christmas with it, we also learn more about how shapes work together to make different forms.
Celebrate family with this fun and process focused craft.
Cork Love Bugs
I guess we will need to have some wine so we can make these love bugs!
Who doesn’t love a snowman?
Paper Plate Butterfly
This is a great craft for using up the random craft supplies that gather every year!
Hugs aren’t just for Valentine’s day. Send one to someone you love any time of year.
Trust me they won’t eat them all.
Matisse Inspired Snail
The best way to learn about fine art is to make something!
Paper Roll Fish Craft
Save those tp rolls for crafts and make a whole school of fish!
Paper Plate Scarecrow
Harvest time isn’t complete without a scarecrow!
Dinosaur activities are always a hit with preschoolers and this one is no exception!
I made these squish monsters over zoom with my preschoolers during virtual preschool and we all had a blast!
Puffy Paint Cookie Craft
Yum. If you have time after making the pretend cookie you should bake some real ones together too.
Q-tip Painted Easter Eggs
Simple and totally amazing.
Hot Glue and Watercolor Hearts
These are incredibly beautiful.
This simple shape craft actually touches on many skills from scissor skills, shape recognition, counting, and pre-writing too!
Paper Plate Tree Frog
I just think these guys are cute but they also support preschool science learning about life cycles!
I’m going to brag for a minute. Last year when my then 4th grader had to start learning virtually this got sent home for a STEM project. I was like, hmm I recognize that parachute!