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5 Things: Crafts and DIYs to Do With Your Toddler

Sharica Brookins, MD | February 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Before I became Sharica Brookins, MD, nephrologist and owner of Remote Renal Care in Augusta, Georgia, I was an interior designer. I have been a creative thinker since childhood and a DIY-er since college.

Now that I am the mother of two homeschooled toddlers — Justice, 3, and Josie, 2 — I get to be creative with languages, sensory play, crafts, and meals. Learning should be fun-filled, so there's always time for creativity and crafts.

Here are five great crafts you can try with your toddlers.

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5 Things: Crafts and DIYs to Do With Your Toddler

Sharica Brookins, MD | February 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Ghostly Goodie Bags

When we first did this craft, it was my first Halloween as a mom, and most of the family had not met Justice yet due to her unexpected early arrival. I found this ghost-inspired craft idea on Pinterest. Not only was it a great bonding experience with my newborn, but I also was able to send sweet treats and share a small memento of our 1 lb, 5 oz miracle baby with family back home. This DIY activity has since been repeated year after year with both Justice and Josie.

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5 Things: Crafts and DIYs to Do With Your Toddler

Sharica Brookins, MD | February 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

DIY Gardens

Hands-on gardening has been a fun and interactive way to teach my daughters about fruits and vegetables. I bought a gardening kit for kids, and we also made our own using an empty egg crate, seeds, and potting soil. We enjoy this activity outdoors where nothing less than a mess is acceptable.

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5 Things: Crafts and DIYs to Do With Your Toddler

Sharica Brookins, MD | February 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Clever Cookies

Halloween is my 3-year-old's favorite holiday, so the activities are non-stop the entire month. Here, we decorated cookies that aren't only delicious but educational too. In addition to the bats and cats (which you can swap out for any other creatures if Halloween isn't your thing), some cookies were shaped to form letters in sign language. Sign language was instrumental in their communication as infants, and it's nice to continue the trend as they get older.

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5 Things: Crafts and DIYs to Do With Your Toddler

Sharica Brookins, MD | February 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Sensory Bins

Fun and developmental? Count us in. Both of my toddlers love this activity. This specific dinosaur-themed bin allows them to explore in the sand while learning about the different dinosaur species, just like archeologists. Apparently, there is a difference between Brontosaurus and Brachiosaurus. I love when I get to learn new things too!

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5 Things: Crafts and DIYs to Do With Your Toddler

Sharica Brookins, MD | February 22, 2022 | Contributor Information

Jello Jigglers

These are an exciting way for my 3-year-old to have fun in the kitchen with shapes, colors, and flavors. While she gets to make all the culinary decisions, her 2-year-old sister gets to enjoy the fruits of the labor! Win-win. This is an activity that we do for various holidays with silicone molds or cookie cutters. Be warned: This activity calls for loads of patience.

Story as told to Ka'Dia Dhatnubia.

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