Winter is here and it’s not going away any time soon. That means there’s going to be a lot of inside time for the kids in the near future. The next time your kids are bored and looking for something to keep themselves occupied, try having a craft day. Here are some great ideas to get you going the next time it’s too cold to go outside to play.
Clay pot snowman
This cute snowman is a great decoration for a front porch or, if you choose to use a larger pot, it can even be displayed outside in the yard. See the complete instructions here.
Small clay pot
Medium clay pot
White and black paint
2 googly eyes
Blue 3-D paint
Orange felt or construction paper
- Paint the larger pot white and the smaller one black. Let dry completely.
- Glue the strip of red ribbon around the top rim of the smaller pot.
- Turn the white pot upside down and place to black pot on top of it to make the hat.
- Glue the two googly eyes onto the white pot.
- Glue orange felt under the eyes. This will make the nose.
- Paint a mouth using the handle end of the paintbrush.
- Use the blue paint to write the words “Let it snow” on the bottom of the white pot.
Penguins are a great symbol of winter. This adorable Styrofoam penguin will be a great addition to your household decorations. Plus, its creation is adaptable to suit the needs of both younger and older kids.
Small Styrofoam egg
Black and white craft paint
Black, orange, red, and green felt
- Cut a small piece of the egg off so it can sit flat.
- Paint the egg black and white to look like the body of a penguin.
- Cut wings, feet and a beak out of the various colors of felt and glue them to the appropriate places on the egg.
- Glue the googly eyes onto the egg.
- Cut a bow tie out of the red felt and glue it under the beak. Make sure to include a small white dot to define a center point.
- Cut a hat shape out of the green felt. Pull apart the cotton ball and glue it to the bottom of the hat. Also put a dab of cotton on the top of the hat.
- Glue the back of the hat to a Popsicle stick and stick it in the top of the penguin’s head.
Snow measuring stick
What kid doesn’t love to measure the falling snow? Making a snow measuring stick makes the process even more fun.
Various sizes of cut-out wooden snowflakes
Blue and silver craft paint
White 3-D paint
Blue and silver glitter paint
Tape measure or ruler
- Paint wooden stake blue and snowflakes silver. Let dry.
- Use the measuring tape to mark off one-inch increments on the wooden stake. Trace over the numbers with white 3-D paint so they stand out.
- Glue the snowflakes onto the wooden stake.
- Place outside and wait for the next snowfall.