Depending on where you live, winter can mean lots of inclement weather, or at least a little cooler or rainier than you might like. If your kids have to stay inside, it might be a good time to try some of these winter arts and crafts for kids to keep them busy. Children love to celebrate the different seasons with special projects and activities. It helps them understand the world around them and practice all those developing skills at the same time.
Hand Print Polar Bear
Photo Courtesy of Love to Sew
Nothing says icy cold winter like a good polar bear project! This adorable hand print polar bear from Love to Sew is easy enough for even very young toddlers with some help. Kids can squish their hands in paint. Preschoolers can practice cutting out the finished product. Kids love animals, and this would be a good project to go along with a book or other learning activity about polar bears or other winter animals.
Polar Bear Paintings
Photo Courtesy of That Artist Woman
Keeping with the polar bear theme for a minute…try these GORGEOUS polar bear paintings from That Artist Woman. With a mix of techniques used, kids will be able to express their love for winter with an artistic flair. This project would be well liked by elementary school aged children.
Tissue Paper Mitten Sun Catcher
Photo Courtesy of Toddler Approved
Kristina at Toddler Approved always has great ideas for winter arts and crafts for kids. These sun catchers will look lovely when your child picks a spot to hang them. Younger children would love this project with some already cut tissue paper pieces. Children that are a little older can cut the paper themselves. This project is good practice for cutting since they only have to make one small cut to snip the paper into little pieces.
Hot Chocolate Mug Paper Craft
Who doesn’t love a good mug of hot chocolate after being outside on a blustery day? Hot chocolate is usually one of a kid’s favorite things about winter. This paper version from All Kids Network is super cute. Your kids will love it almost as much as the real thing. You could easily use paint to make the chocolate part instead of chocolate syrup, if you don’t have it. Decorating the mug with stickers and putting on the “marshmallows” is good for fine motor skills. You can even work in some math and have them count the stickers or marshmallows as they are putting them on.
Icicle Drip Painting
Photo courtesy of Things to Share and Remember
Lots of winter arts and crafts for kids involve painting projects. These paint drip icicles from Things to Share and Remember are easy and your kids will want to make several. Little ones under five really love sparkly, glittery stuff, especially if they can make a mess with it – like glue or paint. So this project will especially appeal to that age group, but school aged children would like it as well. Squeezing the paint dropper practices fine motor skills.
Easy Bird Feeders
If you don’t get much snow or cold during the winter, you probably at least have some birds in your yard that would like some food. Bird feeders make great winter arts and crafts for kids. They can learn about nature and just have fun watching all the different kinds of birds. These bird feeders from A Thrifty Mom are easy and require minimal supplies. You can hang them or just slide them over the end of a branch. ALLERGY WARNING – This project involves peanut butter.
Make Some Pretend Snow
These two winter arts and crafts for kids would be great for anyone, but especially if you live in an area that gets little or no snow. With snow dough from The Imagination Tree and snow slime from Growing a Jeweled Rose, kids can still have all the sensory experiences of playing in the snow, without the actual snow! These are for the kids old enough not to put it in their mouths. Even boys that are reluctant to sit and do a project usually like things like dough and slime. They can even build snow people and make snow balls with the dough! And the slime is cold, just like real snow!
Have Fun With Crafts This Winter
If you have had all the paper snowflakes and cotton ball snowmen you can handle, I encourage you to sit down and try some of these more unique winter arts and crafts for kids with your little ones. It’s a great opportunity to spend some time with your children, and to help them learn and grow.