Winter Crafts for Kids
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
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.
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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!
If you feel particularly daring and want to attempt crafting a real snow globe, watch this video for step-by-step instructions.
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.
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!