I can’t believe we are nearing the end of January and have yet to see any real snow. Yeah, we had our little “snow day” where we had a dusting on the ground, but in southwest Ohio I am used to seeing a lot more snow by now.
So we’ve done a few snowflake crafts lately to make up for our lack of actual snow.
Of course, cutting snowflakes is an old stand-by. But when you are only 4 it can be hard to make a snowflake on your own and not be disappointed with the results. To help Peanut learn how to cut a snowflake, I folded the square of paper in half and half again. Then I drew on the paper where she should cut.Not folding the paper any more than that made it easier for her to cut through the layers. I also learned that straight cuts were easiest for her (think triangle cuts), but rounded cuts were good scissor practice. She was proud of every snowflake she made, and she hung them all on her door to show them off when she was finished.
My next snowflake craft idea involved paint. I gathered a few water bottles we have gotten from zoo trips and other outings, and even the plastic covering that came off the grill’s propane tank (for some reason the kids had claimed it and had it in a box of odds and ends).I was planning on using these items as stamps. I wish I had white or blue paint on hand, but at the time green was my only choice… I mixed a little glitter glue into the green paint to give it a little sparkle. Then we used paint brushes to paint the bottoms of the bottles and stamp our paper with snowflakes.The 2 1/2 year old had a blast smacking his stamp all over the place. I can see other stamping crafts in our future…
How about letting your little one drive his/her cars through some “snow?” A handful of uncooked rice in a high-sided cake pan gives your little one a world of snow to use little front loaders, dump trucks, or if you’re lucky enough to have one – a snowplow.
Finally, I was thinking we would make a little snow of our own… I have several empty freezer jam containers with nice tight lids. Originally I was thinking we’d use wax paper or parchment paper to make snow and add a little water so it could float around. Problem? Wax paper is almost see-through so you really couldn’t see it in the water, same with the parchment paper. (Thankfully I tried that ahead of time…)
So I had the kids rip up some plain white paper… They had fun with the ripping part, but weren’t really excited about their snow.
Then it hit me – rice! Just as we had used rice to drive cars in the “snow”… A handful of rice and water and they had their own little snow storms to play with. (Of course the rice swelled in the water overnight, which was another lesson the next day…)
Still looking for some fun winter craft ideas? Check out our cotton ball snowman!
And be sure to come back and check out our snowflake cookies this Friday!
Shared on Red Ted Art’s Blog, Yesterday on Tuesday, Quirky Momma
Karen Dawkins says
Oh how cute!!!!
You can stack marshmallows and put a toothpick through them. Dip them in white chocolate and let it cool. Once dry, carefully remove the toothpick. Decorate with edible marker. 🙂 Or while the chocolate is drying, add chocolate chip eyes, etc. Either way, cute and delicious!!!
Love that! We made snowmen with marshmallows and decorated with cake icing and candies. Yum!
Ginny Marie says
I love the water bottle stamping idea! We’ve got some blue paint around here somewhere, and maybe even glitter. Round coffee filters instead of paper also make it easier to make snowflakes for the little ones.
I tried coffee filters, but unfortunately my husband bought this funky ones that aren’t really round…. So it didn’t work out. 🙁
your creative activities will pay off for your kids!
Hoping so! 🙂
You are way too creative!! When you were back in your teaching days…those were some incredibly lucky kids. Now that you are a SAHM your own kids get the benefits and they are the lucky ones 😉
Thank you! 🙂 I’d like to think my former students enjoyed the lessons we did and learned something along the way… Loving being able to spend the time with my own little ones.
Those are some great ideas! I am always looking for something to entertain the kiddos.
Thanks – they had fun doing them, and I had fun trying to think up ideas!
maggy,red ted art says
Lovely snowflakes! And the bottle printing looks like lots of fun too!
Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
They did have fun doing it – the first time we did any type of stamping…
Great snow activities. I haven’t though of using the bottom of a plastic bottle to make snow flakes. Looks like fun.
A few really made pretty flowers more than snowflakes…but they had fun doing it.
I love the little snow storm- too cute!
Thanks – it was kind of an experiment of sorts….