February. Just about when I hit my “winter wall” and am itching for Spring, even going as far as to start wearing bright colors and my hot pink and orange Toms, more snow falls. Thanks, Mother Nature, for slapping Chicago in the face with a blizzard and making me reach for my heavy boots once more. But instead of focusing on the negatives of winter, I am taking this month as my last opportunity to do as many fun winter crafts as possible with my kiddos. So I searched Pinterest for some of my favorites and created a board of adorable crafts. But if you have been following my blog at all, you know that I am most definitely NOT one of those Pinterest moms. So I’ve gone through and created some cute and easy winter crafts that are actually manageable and won’t make you pull your hair out. Promise. So here are my suggestions on cute and easy winter crafts to distract yourself until Spring comes:
Washi Tape Painting
Materials: Cardstock or Construction Paper, Scissors, Washi Tape
Let your little artist take the lead during this simple and easy prep craft. Cut strips of wash tape at different lengths and let your little artist put them on the paper in any design they prefer. Making a snowflake is one of the easiest approaches to take because you don’t really have to manipulate the tape very much, and after all, isn’t every single snowflake unique and different?
Pinecone Print Painting
Materials: Washable paint, pinecones, paper
This craft is a hit in our house since we love anything that is sensory focused and uses raw materials. The boys actually picked some pinecones from our winter display on the porch to use as their painting medium. After covering the pinecones with different colors of paint, they rolled the cones all over paper in different colors. Once the paint dried, we actually used these special “prints” as wrapping paper for winter gifts.
“Hidden Drawing” Painting
Materials: White paper, white crayon, watercolor paints, paint brush, water cup
This craft is a hit with my boys because they love the “hidden” aspect of it. After finding a piece of white paper, give your child a white crayon and encourage them to draw whatever winter scene they prefer. After they are done drawing, it is time to bust out the water colors. Using a wet paint brush and your favorite colors, paint the entire page. While painting, you will discover that whatever was originally drawn in white crayon magically appears and emerges through the water color painting.
Materials: Washable paint, paint brushes, construction/cardstock paper, scissors, glue, 3 different size circular objects (for tracing)
We are still working on our fine motor skills by coloring and painting often, and this craft is a great way to use their authentic art in a more structured way. After having the boys paint their little hearts out on either construction or cardstock paper and letting the paint dry, we traced circles on the paper. Working together we cut the circles out and then glued them onto a bright piece of paper to make our snowman.
Snowflake Sun Catchers
Materials: Wax paper, snowflake template (printed off the Internet), tissue paper (cut into small squares), glue/water solution, paintbrush, scissors
There isn’t much sunshine during the winter, so when the summer decides to come out, we are all about basking in its warmth through this Snowflake Sun Catcher craft. Look online for free printables in the shape of any winter objects (we prefer snowflakes). After you print it out, carefully cut out the outline in its entirety (inside AND outside). Once it is cut out, glue it to a piece of wax paper. Next, mix together a simple glue/water solution (2 parts glue to 1 part water). Have your little one paint over the entire template and then cover it with small pieces of colorful tissue paper. After it is completely dried, cut out along the template lines, attach to the sunniest window in your house and enjoy!
Looking for other winter activities? Simply search “winter.”
Hope you find some inspiration from these cute and easy winter crafts and they melt away your winter blues…at least somewhat. Spring is coming, friends, I promise!