Easy Winter Crafts For Kids
As winter drags on, your crew of kids is probably developing cabin fever. Instead of dreading the next snowfall, see it as an opportunity to create crafts and make memories. For inspiration, check out these easy winter crafts for kids, all using simple supplies you probably already have at home.
Food For Feathered Friends
Invite feathered friends to your yard with some tasty treats prepared just for them. One idea is to create a cereal wreath using O-shaped cereal pieces strung onto a pipe cleaner. If the cereal pieces keep falling off the end of the pipe cleaner, bend the tip to create an L shape. Once you're finished, twist the ends together and hang it from a branch. Another idea uses a pine cone to create a snacking station. Just tie a long string around the middle or top of the pine cone so it's easy to hang, roll it in some peanut butter, almond butter or lard, and then roll it in birdseed. Hang it up and wait for the birds to come flocking in.
If you've been crafting all season or have a half-empty bottle of glue, you are already on your way to creating a beautiful icicle scene. You're going to need a clothing box or other protective box, construction paper, glitter, and glue. Mix water with the glue, little by little, stirring well, until its consistency allows it to easily drip with gravity. Once the glue is just right, tape or secure the construction paper into the box, and run the glue along the top of the construction paper. The glue should drip to look like a line of icicles on a roof. Before the glue dries, dust it in glitter. Once completely dry, dust off the loose glitter and check out your sparkling icicle design.
Outdoor Ice Ornaments
For those of us who live in colder climates, we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy ice ornaments. To create ice ornaments, gather some freezer-safe (and outside-safe) bowls and dinnerware with high sides, yarn or ribbon, and bits and pieces of natural things like leaves, baby pine cones, berries and anything else that will decompose outside. Toss in the natural decorations, and use the yarn or ribbon to create a length or loop of string to hang the ornament easily. Then fill the bowls with some water remembering the more water, the heavier the ornament. Place the bowls outside to freeze overnight. Once frozen, you can hang the ornaments around your yard. The best part is the minimal cleanup come spring, since the ornaments will melt and fall off the strings with warmer temperatures, and you've used natural pieces to decorate them.
Turn craft time into an art lesson on pointillism. Pointillism is the technique of using small dots of color to create a larger image. Using the tip of cotton swabs and white paint, kids can stamp a bunch of little dots to create a picture with a winter theme. If they're painting a snowman, provide glue and different objects like buttons, googly eyes, paper strips, and more to decorate him with accessories. For snowflakes, consider adding glitter to the paint to make it sparkle like a real snowflake. For older kids, you can even challenge them to create still life portraits using only primary colors of paint, creating the illusion of secondary colors by dotting the primary colors near each other.
This craft is fun year 'round and offers great sensory play. All you need is baking soda and white conditioner to make your own indoor snow. Not only is it fun to play with, but also the scent of the conditioner will make everything smell great. For even more fun, create colored snow using colored conditioner. You can even seal the "snow" up in a baggie and save it for later. Kids can shape the snow into a snowman and decorate him with buttons, bits of fabric and more.
Not only are these crafts fun and easy, but they also have potential for great lessons for young, curious minds. And most of the supplies can easily fit into crossbody bags and other types of totes. Beating the winter blues has never been easier or as much fun.
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