Winter and Indoor Crafts for Kids, Preschoolers, and Toddlers

Many of you are stuck inside right now and have been for a while.  So I thought this would be a great time to do some craft ideas.  These crafts can be used for all ages, just adjust how much you do for the ability of the child.  Older kids can do more; younger kids can do less.

Chalk Snow Scene

(Some of you might remember that I did this last year too, but I figured it was worth the repeat.  Both boys got into this although they made blizzards.)

Things you need:

  • White chalk
  • Blue or black construction paper
  • Hairspray (optional)

Have the child draw a snow scene on the construction paper.  Spray hairspray to “glue” on the chalk if you want to keep it around for a while.

Variation:

The child can color with all colors of chalk on white paper, teaching him/her about impressionism.

Epsom Salt Snow Scene

(So why not make a 3D snow scene?  This can be messy.  Sean really didn’t care to participate, so he just did a few dots.  Evan went crazy.  The scenes turned out very cute.)

Things you need:

  • Blue or black construction paper
  • Glue
  • Epsom salt
  • Glitter (optional)

Have the child make a snow scene with the glue.  Let the child pour Epsom salt onto the glue.  If you want to make it extra special, let the child add glitter.

Variation:

Using silver glitter glue, let the child create a starry scene with blue or black construction paper.

Shells

(Some of you are sick and tired of snow, so let’s pretend to be on a beach with shells.  These were a lot of fun and clever.  The boys enjoyed them.  I only tried markers and glitter glue as mediums, but I’m sure you can do so much more.  I’ll try more and let you know unless you beat me to the punch.)

Things you need:

  • Large pasta shells (uncooked)
  • Markers
  • Glitter glue (optional)

Have the child decorate the shells, telling him/her how each shell is different.

Another fun thing to do is allow your child to color on a window with dry erase markers.  As an added bonus, my boys love to clean windows, taking turns spraying the window with window cleaner and rubbing it down with paper towel.

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7 Responses to “Winter and Indoor Crafts for Kids, Preschoolers, and Toddlers”

  1. Steel Magnolia Says:

    Great! These ideas are right on time!

  2. MyLittleRembrandt Says:

    My kids and I are going stir crazy too! Today, we made “snow things” like in Lois Ehlert’s book “Snowballs” — it was a blast! http://www.MyLittleRembrandt.blogspot.com

  3. ck Says:

    What great ideas…we are in desperate need of new things to do at our place these days. So done with this snow.

  4. Country-Fried Mama Says:

    Beach shells…I’m definitely more interested in the beach shells.

  5. faemom Says:

    Steel~ I’m glad I can help.
    MLR~ I’ll have to check that out. Thanks.
    ck~ I think Naptime would agree, you could move somewhere warmer . . . and closer to us.
    CFM~ I’ll get right on it!

  6. TheKitchenWitch Says:

    In the words of David Cassidy: I think I love you.


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