When school’s out because of snow—or your kids are WISHING they could get some snow—these five winter crafts will keep things fun at home.
If you don’t have the exact materials, improvise and use these projects as learning moments!
- Mitten template
- Washable paint
- Laminator or faux lamination technique
- Optional (hole punch & string for ornaments)
- Optional (magnets/clothespins & hot glue for magnet idea)
Print out the template on colored card stock of your choice and cut out the mittens.
Have children write their names on the cuff. On the back, have them write their age and list their favorite toys, books, movies, foods, interests, places and things!
Paint your child’s hand and have them slap down a handprint on the front of the template.
Dry, and then decide whether you want to laminate, make an ornament, or a magnet! (Source: The Classroom Creative)
- Mini pom-poms
- Toilet paper roll/cardboard tube
- Scrapbook paper/cardstock paper
Cut the end off a toilet paper roll for the base of the snow globe. Take a dark blue piece of cardstock paper and cut it into a circle. Grab a pompom with a clothespin and have the kids use it as a makeshift paintbrush to make a snowman/snowflakes.
Wait for the paint to dry. You can either leave your snowmen as they are or you can cut out snowman pieces from paper to glue on. Finally, cut two slits in the cardboard tube and stick the circle in. (Source: Crafty Morning)
- Orange, black and white construction paper
- Big googly eyes
Cut a large black oval out for the body, one large skinny white heart for the tummy, and three small orange hearts. Two will be for the penguin’s feet and one for the beak (make that heart pointier at the bottom).
Glue the hearts onto the penguin’s body. Then add the big googly eyes to finish off your cute penguin art project. (Source: Crafty Morning)
- Paper plates
- Medium sized black buttons
- Large pink buttons
- White shimmer sugar or glitter
- Mod Podge
- Puffy paint
- Low temp glue gun kids can handle
Hot glue your two black buttons towards the top middle of your paper plate for the eyes. Then hot glue your two pink buttons below the eyes and to the side to create the cheeks. If you don’t have any buttons handy, you can also paint these with pink and black paint.
Paint your plate with Mod Podge and sprinkle your sugar or glitter onto the Mod Podge (use glitter instead of sugar if the craft will be displayed to keep away any bugs with a sweet tooth).
Use your black puffy paint to connect the two pink buttons with a wavy smile (you can also use a black marker to draw the smile, but you will have to do it before the Mod Podge and sugar/glitter steps—this will also make the smile not so visible). Alternatively, you could use small black buttons or paper.
Finally, draw on a carrot shaped nose with your orange puffy paint and let your plate dry. Your paper plate snowman craft is done! (Source: Easy Peasy And Fun)
- Hat template
- Colors—crayons, watercolors, markers, Do A Dot Markers, stickers, coloring pencils (whatever is age appropriate)
- Cotton balls
- White school glue
Print out the hat template. Let the kids color the hats, coloring outside the lines is encouraged naturally as it’s fun!
We decided to go with crayons as they make a really nice texture (and are easy to use).
Some other fun ways the kids could color the winter hats are by using their fingers, tearing magazine pages and gluing torn pieces on the hats, using stamping (potato stamps, rubber stamps, etc.), watercolors (combined with crayons or salt to explore watercolor techniques) and so on. The best way to do this crafting activity is to offer as many “coloring” materials as possible to kids or students.
Once kids have colored the hats, cut them. Cutting is done either by you for them or by them for themselves, again depending on the age group.
Add glue on top and bottom of the hat and stick cotton balls to it. It will really make this winter hat craft pop! They look fun on their own, but hang them on a string and they are even cuter. (Source: Easy Peasy And Fun)