ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Winter Crafts for Kids

Updated on September 2, 2018
Noelle7 profile image

Vivian is a stay-at-home mom who sets education as a top priority for both of her children. Learning is fun when you do it smart!

Baby, it’s cold outside. Your kids are climbing the walls, and your arsenal of snowy day activities is empty. You’ve hosted play dates, watched movies, played board games, visited the mall’s indoor play area, built elaborate Lego creations, and drank hot cocoa by the gallon. You don’t have to be crafty or highly imaginative to create some wintry art that will keep your little Michelangelos busy for a day.

Use winter as a time to teach your children about the seasons by discussing how our five senses recognize and respond to it. Create a simple worksheet where your child can explore what he sees, hears, tastes, touches, and smells during winter. Younger children can draw their answers while older children can both draw and write their responses.

Snow is magical. Children spring from bed in the morning and excitedly press noses to the window to get a closer look at the sparkly, winter blanket. They will suffer through the mummification process of layering clothing for a chance to plunge into piles of freshly shoveled snow, flail on the ground making snow angels, and building a snowman. In winter, you can build a snowman both inside and out (is Frozen song, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? playing in your head right now?)

Paper Plate Snowman

A paper plate snow man is a cinch to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two paper plates

  • Construction paper

  • Googly eyes

  • Glue

  • Markers or crayons

Either freehand mittens, boots, hat, and nose for your snowman for your child to cut out, or print them from an online template. Use whatever craft materials you have on hand. You can substitute felt or foam for the construction paper.

Frosty the Snowman Trivia

view quiz statistics

Paper Snowman Snow Globe

Time for a little messy painting. Cut out a circle from colored cardstock. If you don’t have colored cardstock, simply cut your snow globe out of construction paper and then mount it to something sturdier—cardstock or the lightweight cardboard of a cereal box. To develop fine motor skills, give your child a pom pom to dip into white paint, and then swirl three circles to create the body of your snowman. Use Q-tips dipped in paint to create stick arms, ear muffs, a face, and buttons. You can dot paint snowflakes for the background or use a combination of markers and stickers to finish your scene.

Next, cut a thick strip of cardstock and cardboard and decorate it. Staple the ends together and then cut a slit on each side. This will be the base for your snow globe. If you’ve visited the dollar bins at Target, you might even have some cute winter stickers on hand!

Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint is the best. Unlike other paints that claim to be “washable,” this type truly doesn’t stain clothes. It’s easy to apply and comes in a nice variety pack of colors.

Paint Dot A Snowflake

While you’re already in paint mode, find an online snowflake template and print it on cardstock. Your child can either dot paint it, or use the Q-tip to fill in the snowflake. After it dries, you can cut out the snowflake, attach a hangar, and place it on the frig, bulletin board, or doorknob.

Q-Tip Snowflake

No two snowflakes are alike, so let your kiddo design her own unique snowflake. She can draw her snowflake and then outline it with glue, or, if she’s daring, just let her twirl and swirl the glue into a flaky shape. Using Q-tips cut to various lengths, have her place them along the ooey, gluey page until her snowflake is complete.

Hot Cocoa With Writing and Drawing Prompt

Draw a large mug onto a piece of construction paper. If this is beyond the realm of your capabilities, online templates are available! Ask your child what his favorite part of winter is, and have him draw it on a small piece of white paper that you will later affix to his mug. If he’s able to write, have him include text describing his picture. Cut an oval out of brown paper and glue to the top of the mug—this is your hot chocolate. Last, glue mini marshmallows (or mini pom poms or cotton balls) to the top.

Did someone say hot chocolate? Better take drink break. Have you ever tried Snowman Soup? White hot cocoa mix works best for this because it looks like a melted snowman. Just add two Hershey kisses, a few mini marshmallows, and stir with a candy cane stick you might have left over from Christmas.

Name Snowman & Marshmallow Snowman

Are you tired of snowmen yet? If not, let your child practice writing her name. Cut out circles from white paper and an extra one for a head. Cut out a snowman hat and stick arms. Have her write each letter of her name on the circles and then glue them together to make a name snowman.

Draw a snowman with glue on a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Have your child affix mini marshmallows and then draw the missing parts! Use glitter glue to add some extra sparkle. This is a great way to use up stale marshmallows!

To wrap up your crafting and snow frolic, curl up with your kids under a warm blanket and read Ezra Jack Keats’ book, The Snowy Day. It’s a classic, and it contains all the elements from your own snow day—the perfect summary for a perfect day!

Winter Preferences

What's your favorite thing to do in winter?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)