Mess-Free Fun With These 10 No-Glue Crafts For Preschoolers

Louise Kerrigan

May 25, 2019

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Want to keep those preschoolers busy but dread the thoughts of having glue and the inevitable sticky mess all over your table, walls, chairs etc.? We hear you! Mess-free fun is guaranteed with these 10 No-Glue Crafts for Preschoolers.

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When your toddler says I want to make something but you want to avoid the glue scenario then you need some other options. We’ve found some fun no-glue crafts that are perfect for smallies.

10 No-Glue Crafts For Preschoolers

#1. Wool Octopus


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There is no glue involved in this fun wool octopus from Craftbits. A few simple ingredients, and a little help from parents, and your preschoolers will have hours of fun playing with their new toy!

You will need:

  • 1 x 5oz ball of bulky wool, the bulkier the better
  • 1 x3″ styrofoam ball
  • 2-3 yards of ribbon
  • Face pieces
  • Scissors

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#2. Finger Frog Puppet

frog puppetLet your fingers be the hands (or legs) of this simple paper puppet. Cut out your frog body plus 2 legs. On the body cut out two circles for the fingers and then stick the legs on with some Sellotape. Using this idea, you could also make the entire cast of a nursery rhyme or fairy tale in just a few minutes, and then put on your own puppet show!

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#3. Handprint Craft

plaster handprint

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Make a handprint of your child using Plaster of Paris. You can hang this cute decoration on the wall and is wonderful to look back on when they have grown a few years older! Get the step by step guide here from 3 Kids and a Gluestick.

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#4. Colourful Pom Poms

colourful yarn pompoms

Pom poms are really fun and easy to make. You can make them all one colour or go for multi colours. Sprucecrafts has the details on how to make these.

You will need:

  • Yarn
  • Cardboard
  • 2 circular items of different sizes to draw around, e.g. large glass and smaller glass
  • A pen
  • Scissors

#5. Spiral Snake

spiral snakeThis simple cute snake craft, from Enchanted Learning, is made from a single piece of colored craft paper (or white paper that you decorate).

All you need is a piece of coloured craft paper, crayons or markers, scissors, tape and some string.

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#6. Pine Cone Bird Feeder

pine cone bird feeder_photopinCare for our feathered friends and also provide entertainment for the kids, by making a pine cone bird feeder.

You will need

  • A large, open pine cone
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, lard or suet
  • 2 and 1/2 cups uncooked oats or cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup seeds e.g. sunflower/millet
  • Chopped dried fruit/nuts (optional)
  • A few feet of string


  • Tie a few feet of string to a pine cone.
  • Mix your chosen fat with the oats/cornmeal and add the fruit or nuts if using until blended together.
  • Cover the pine cone with the food mixture.
  • Roll the pinecone in birdseed and then suspend it from a tree branch outside.

We also have another Bird Feeder idea here.

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#7. 3D Rainbow Paper Craft

3d rainbow craft

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This cute rainbow paper craft from dltk-kids, is perfect for preschoolers, and you can hang the resulting 3D ornament in their room.

You will need:

  • printer
  • paper
  • scissors
  • Optional: crayons (or paint, markers, etc)
  • string, thread, ribbon or wool

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#8. Make a Marble Run!

With a few simple household items you can use marbles to teach your child about simple science concepts like gravity, speed, weight, and balance. Here’s How to make a Marble Run.

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#9. Make Your Own Bunny Mask

bunny-masksFreekidscrafts has a make your own Bunny Mask which is perfect for preschoolers. Be inventive and come up with any other animal or create a whole jungle!
All you will need are some simple supplies of crayons, paint/colours, scissors, craft card, hole punch and scotch tape.

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#10. No Glue Paper Chains


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These no glue paper chains, from freekidscrafts allow kids to create a lot of different shapes and have them all connect together without messy glue. Sounds perfect!

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Over to you now! Do you have any other suggestions for no glue crafts for preschoolers? Tell us in the comments below.

Mess-Free Fun with these 10 No-Glue Crafts for Preschoolers

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Published On: May 25th, 2019 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: June 24th, 2020 / Tags: , , , /

About the Author: Louise Kerrigan

Louise Kerrigan is a busy mum of 2 boys and one of our Mykidstime content team. She's an avid foreign traveller, and does confess to devouring the odd bar of Toblerone.

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