Experts say that children learn the best in most cases when they are able to participate in hands-on learning. So since I am home with the kids, I make it a point to allow them to have loads of fun but also to allow them to learn with many of these activities as well.
I personally don’t believe that every activity has to be an expensive project from the art store. My kids have done so of the most awesome arts and crafts activities ever with supplies from the dollar store. So for parents on a budget, this is for you!
15 Educational Dollar Store Craft Ideas
1. Dollar Store Finger Painting
This arts and crafts activity is as simple as it sounds. For $2.00 you can get some great finger paint and finger painting paper from you know where 🙂 Just visit the crafts section of the dollar store! SIDENOTE: Make sure you get some old clothes you don’t mind getting messy and either go outside or prep your surface!
2. Emotion Face Plates
Is your toddler at the stage where they have strong emotions but are not quite able to express how they feel? This stage can last years for some children. This craft idea has been very helpful to me for teaching emotions to my little ones! One pack of paper plates will be useful for numerous activities and the rest is up to you! Markers, crayons. Use whatever you like and make whatever faces you like.
3. Paper Plate Planets
You will see that I love paper plates crafts lol. I made planets for my son using crayons, markers, and paper plates and he literally played with those planets for well over a year. It was absolutely the best $2.00 I ever spent on “toys” LOL. Design them however you want and use scissors to cut out the smaller planets!
This activity doesn’t really take any preparation at all. I know we have many days where that certainly comes in handy. This morning I just had no energy for the kids. It happens. So good thing I had my map and some letters! The map of the U.S. can be found at the dollar store and it is a great way for your preschooler to practice letters and learn some states. I already had letters at home, but if you don’t, you can find foam alphabet letters at you-know-where as well 🙂
5. Sticker Sorting
This is a great learning tool! All you need is poster board, markers, and your choice of stickers. Get the ins and outs of this activity in my sticker sorting post!
6. Alphabet Play Doh
Here’s another great one that combines one of my son’s obsessions, play doh (not joking), with alphabet learning. It’s the perfect combo and can be done in so many different ways! You can also make a play doh surface that can be taken anywhere in the house with post board, plastic wrap, and tape! (All DS of course ;)) This Play Doh Activity is still a hit for my son a year later!
7. Shape Matching Craft
Again, I love doing quick crafts using items that are already in the house. With a poster board (doesn’t have to be a new one, you can use the back of one! hint, hint) and some markers, you can use any shapes desirable to make this project. So easy, so fun! I talk in detail about this craft here!
8. More Shape Matching!
If you are willing to be a little creative, you can make great matching games out of colored structured paper. The flash card selection at the dollar store is great as well!
9.Matching Cars Craft
Okay this one is so cool and it involves matching numbers. My toddler already had cars, but they do have cars at the store as well. In this case I used an old pizza box, however, there is cardboard available to buy for $1.00 as well. So fun. Take a look at how it was done in my post below!
10. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Craft
I love the chicka chicka boom boom song 🙂 Not only is it a fun activity to involve your child in, but they can also get great practice mastering the alphabet with an activity that can be done over and over again. I did a post on this awesome activity here! Take a look!
11. Surprise Eggs
There is no need to save this just for Easter! This activity satisfies a toddler’s need to explore! All you need is plastic eggs and foam letters! Or anything of your choice. In my post I explain how this simple activity can and should be a part of your toddler’s Dollar tree activities! Take a look at the alphabet surprise eggs!
12. Learning Boards
This one is more of a “mommy craft” because you will do most of the prep, but it is so00 worth it. I can’t tell you how much my son and daughter enjoyed and learned from these boards! Check out my post on this great mommy learning craft.
Holiday Dollar Tree Crafts
It’s already July. Once we hit September the holidays just creep up! Thought I would include these for the festivities this year!
13. Shape Tree
Oh I love the holidays! This activity is a great excuse to learn during the Christmas break! Pick up some felt squares and green poster board from my favorite activity store and you are set to go! See how we did this activity here!
14. Turkey Crafts
Gobble, Gobble. Gotta have the Thanksgiving Dollar tree crafts! Check them out here!
15. S’mores Halloween Craft
This one is almost all Dollar Store (Tissue paper, card board, silver marker, silver paper, black tape) but the marshmallow and brown fabric came from Walmart. (still a reasonable price) You simply HAVE to check out my post on this AMAZING and FUN costume! S’mores Halloween Craft
If you enjoyed those ideas, take a look at a few more summer craft ideas!
If you want even more ideas, check out this humongous list of activities too!
I hope you enjoyed these crafts! They have certainly brought joy to my children! Please tell me some of you Dollar tree ideas below. I would absolutely LOVE to hear them.