Winter is just setting in, but after the Christmas buzz has ended and the dust has settled from your homemade Christmas gifts, children can quickly get tired of winter weather. Prepare to keep your children amused during the doldrums of winter with these fun winter craft ideas.
I’ve seen snowman pizza featured on dozens of sites this year. I love the idea of turning a pizza into a snowman-shaped craft! Children will love decorating their pizzas to look like a snowman. If you want to make the craft even easier, use English muffins for the body. If you want a full tutorial including a recipe for dough, Creative Juice offers excellent instructions.
I think everyone knows how to make these already, but they are a winter staple at our house. We wouldn’t have winter snow otherwise!
Last year, our snowflakes graced our windows well into March. I prefer circle-shaped snowflakes, but square or rectangular work just as well. The more you fold the paper, the prettier your paper snowflakes are! We use sticky tack to hang the snowflakes on our windows.
Beanbag Snow People
These snow people from The Purple Pug made from socks are extremely adorable. They would be the perfect thing to make out of those socks that are always missing a mate! The colorful ribbons and buttons will brighten any winter’s day.
Do your children like to make things they can use? Boys and girls alike will enjoy making a no-sew fleece scarf. Let your children choose their own fabric for even more fun. Within 10 minutes, your kids will have a brand-new scarf to wear on blustery days.
Pinecone Bird Feeder
The classic pinecone bird feeder is a fun way to keep the critters around through the winter. We’ve had success using a classic recipe of peanut butter and bird seed. Tie the piece of string or yarn to the pinecone before adding the peanut butter and you will save yourself a lot of trouble and extra clean-up. Use a piece of wax paper to roll the seeds into the peanut butter. You can use the same pinecone several times throughout the winter. Just keep adding more peanut butter and seeds.
Winter Snow Globe
Monkey and I are obsessed with snow globes this winter, but I worry about the globes breaking and water spilling everywhere. These waterless snow globes from Tidy Mom look easy to make and would be much easier to store than the globes sold in stores.
Fingerprint snowmen are the easiest craft in the world to make. Children will love dipping their fingers into paint to create snowmen characters. Use a thumb for the body, and a smaller finger for the head. Allow your children to decorate their snowman with additional paint or markers after the paint dries. This craft can also be done with stamp pads for less mess. Use dark paper so the white ink shows up on the page.
Paper Plate Penguin
Do you have construction paper and a paper plate? Then you can make a paper plate snowman! Cut out a head and wings from black paper, and feet and a beak from orange paper. Glue the wings, head, beak, and feet to the paper plate and draw eyes with a marker. If you need more inspiration, Craft Jr. has a detailed tutorial.
Preventing Boredom with Winter Crafts
Most of these crafts can be done with objects that you already have on hand. For the more involved crafts, it is wise to prepare for them in advance so you can be ready at any time to occupy restless children.
What are your favorite winter-themed crafts?