Easy at home Dance Crafts and Activities for Toddlers & Kids

If your little girl or boy loves everything dance and ballet then they will love the following list of dance craft ideas and activities that will get their creative juices flowing!

I have to tell you I really hate craft that looks Instagram or Pinterest pretty because the adult did all the work, and don’t allow the child to have much creative expression or freedom. So before having a look at the instructions on each of the linked websites have a read of the tips I have added in to help make the crafts more child friendly and inclusive!

One last tip is to always show your kids the final product of what you are trying to get them to make by sitting with them and looking at the instructions and website images. If not don’t be upset when they use the tools and supplies in a totally different way!

Also, craft is supposed to be creative so don’t force them to stick rigidly with all the instructions and to create something exactly like you see in the photos – if your kid is going in a different direction to the instructions that’s OK! It is all learning and perhaps they will create something even better and that they are super proud of. But even if their creativeness ends up as a disaster they will learn not to stray too far from the instructions next time!

Inverted Chalk Art

From Dance Parent 101

What I love about this craft is that you can really literally make it about anything. I have a full post on how to make this craft here and more than 30 stencils I created to use for this art project that you can get for free just by joining the Dance Parent 101 newsletter – here is the link. Three of them are strictly dance-related templates and the others all relate to the creative dance tutorials I post on Youtube – so they are dance-related, just not in the way that you think.

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* You will need to cut out the stencils and tack them onto black paper for younger kids. Explain to them how they should use the chalk in long strokes moving outwards from the stencil so that it does not peel upwards. They will then have fun using their fingers to smudge all the chalk intogether.
* Let toddlers and younger children choose whatever chalk colors they want to use. My two year old also wanted to rip his stencil off when we were finished which meant his paper did tear, but it was all fine in the end.
* Let older kids attempt the whole project by themselves, especially if they have watched the video tutorial! Just set them up with all the materials and let them go.

Coffee Filter Dancers

From onelittleproject.com

Oh, Mylanta!!! These coffee filter dancers are just so PRETTY!!!! And with the fantastic instructions on the site, they are both easy for toddlers to help to create and for older children to do on their own!

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Set up the equipment and materials and let older children 8 and up follow the instructions by themselves! (they may need help moulding the pipe cleaner into a dancer!)
* Give toddlers and young children the creative freedom to use whatever colors they would like and in whatever patterns – you do not have to copy what Debbie at one little project has done exactly.
* Let younger children do the water dropper – they will love it and may overenthusiastically drop too much water, but Debbie does get the coffee filters fairly wet anyway so this shouldn’t be a problem. Just put them out of reach to dry.


No Sew Ribbon Wand

From littlegirldesigns.com

What I love about this craft is that once you have made it with your child they can then use it to dance around and play with.

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Let your child choose the color ribbons to use.
* Teach them how to use a ruler or show them how to use the first ribbon to measure the length of the rest.
* Allow them to cut the ribbons.
* Give them some textas to go crazy and decorate the stick!


Dancing Ribbons

From earlylearningideas.com

Now if you don’t have everything you need for the previous ribbons, why not try these instead. The creator uses plastic table cloths for these but you could easily use ribbons, crepe or tissue paper – what ever you have on hand at home to make this craft with your kids!

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Let your child choose the color ribbons to use.
* Let them decorate the plate in whatever way they wish.


Paper Roll Ballerinas

From masandpas.com

Now the actual name of this craft is – Make your own paper roll princess – But with all that tulle, I think they look like ballerinas and make an excellent dance craft activity!

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Best for older children or those with good fine motor skills.
* Set up the equipment and materials and let older children 8 and up follow the instructions by themselves!
* Let your child choose the colors they want to use – tutu, hair color etc…


Ballerina Easy Corner Bookmark

From redtedart.com

Now, this craft is definitely one for older kids (I have a tip for involving younger children below) but the great thing about this one is that they can make them as gifts and give them to friends and family!

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Best for older children or those with good fine motor skills.
* Set up the equipment and materials and let older children 8 and up follow the instructions by themselves!
* Let your child choose the colors they want to use – tutu, hair color etc…
* You could involve younger children by making these out of paper they had colored in or painted or by letting them decorate the finished product!


Bouquet of Flowers

From theresourcefulmama.com

What dancer doesn’t love to receive a flower bouquet?? These lilies are so pretty and although putting them together might need some adult supervision, there are so many ways kids can help to actually make these.

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Get your kids to paint the paper plates in any colors they like! Let them be creative, and don’t worry if they want to use multiple colors – their bouquet will be unique just like them!


Bobble Head Dancing Dolls

From thepinterestedparent.com

These look like so much fun to make! And as a teacher, I can see how I could use them to show that sound produces waves by placing them in front of a stereo speaker and seeing them vibrate and move! I love the instructions as well as you tell children are actually making these!

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Set up the equipment and materials and let older children 8 and up follow the instructions by themselves!
* Let your child choose the colors they want to use to paint and decorate their bobblehead dancers.


Pipe Cleaner Dancers

From creativekidzcrafts.com

These pipe cleaner people look like so much fun to make and play with! I can imagine some clever kid making a little film with their iPad – you know one of those ones where they take frame by frame photos and move the pipe cleaner person a little bit to make an animated video!

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Set up the equipment and materials and let older children 8 and up follow the instructions by themselves!
* If you don’t have all the materials improvise! Could you cut up straws, use a pom pom for the face, macaroni pasta anything???


Craft or Popsicle Stick Ballerinas

From gluedtomycraftsblog.com

I have seen this craft on Pinterest multiple times, but what I loved about what Stacey at Glued to My Crafts has done is create seasonal and holiday ballerinas so you can see how if you let your kids imaginations run wild how they could be creative and create something unique! These could be hung on a tree or around the house as part of your seasonal home decorating and stored and reused for years to come and provide memories of when your kids were little!

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* Set up the equipment and materials and let older children 8 and up follow the instructions by themselves!
* Let your child choose the colors they want to use – tutu, hair color, etc…
* To give your child more to do – use coffee filters and let them color those in instead of cupcake liners.
* Jumbo popsicle sticks are easier from small hands to handle.


How to draw a ballerina

With video, it is so easy to learn how to do new things! Hard things become much easier when you can watch how they are done! Kids will love to sit watch and copy the artist as they draw and learn a new skill!

KID INCLUSIVE TIPS:
* If your child can’t sit at a table when watching this, give them a clipboard to lean on and several pieces of paper, a pencil, sharpener, and eraser.
* Let them know that this artist did not learn to draw like this by trying once. It takes a lot of practice – otherwise, everyone would be able to do it! Encourage them to rewatch and redraw and keep trying – give them lots of paper or an eraser so they can!


About the Author

Samantha Bellerose

Samantha is a wife and mother of four kids aged 1-9. She danced and acted from the age of 5 and performed in film clips, on television, and in musical theatre professionally. She also taught dance, but after leaving the profession to backpack through Europe, Canada and the USA with her husband for three years, she then completed an Education Degree and taught within primary schools in Australia. Today she is a business owner with her husband and the creator and writer for Dance Parent 101 where she hopes her previous experience as a dancer, current experience as a dance parent and the research and writing skills she gained completing her education degree will help enlighten parents on their journey with their child through the world of dance.