Glue sugar cubes on plate to make castles or igloos. For a magical touch, paint their creations with gold spray paint.
Draw a stocking cap shape for each child on a piece of construction paper. A half circle with a cuff across the bottom and a tassel at the top is simple to do. Cut out shapes. Have the children decorate their cap shapes with crayons or paint, by pasting on scraps of colored paper, or sponge painting. Let them each paste a cotton ball on the tassel area. While the children are working, talk about the changing weather and how hats help keep heads and ears warm. The children may make mittens to match caps.
Wash the sweater in the hot cycle of your washer three or four times with regular detergent. Then pop the sweater into the drier for about 45 minutes, or until it shrinks and becomes feltlike in texture. Certain sweaters shrink better than others, and the drying time will vary depending on the sweater’s thickness.
To make a mitten template, trace around one of your (or your child’s) mittens, leaving an extra inch or so around the edge for sewing. Pin the template onto the felted fabric, then cut out four matching mitten shapes.
Pin two of the mitten sides together. Using a contrasting color of yarn, stitch around the edges (a blanket stitch, as used here, looks especially nice).
Variations: Save any leftover felt to make purses, eyeglass cases, doll clothes, or even a fuzzy collar for your dog.
Tips: If you don’t have any old wool sweaters, check at a local thrift shop (they rarely charge more than two or three dollars per sweater). Keep an eye out for old Fair Isles; the intricate patterns shrink into pretty designs.
Cut out an igloo shape on the blue paper Make the igloo almost as big as the entire paper. Cut doors that can be opened up (like barn doors.). Glue it down to the white paper- make sure that you don’t glue the doors shut! The children draw igloo patterns (ice blocks) on their igloo and draw a picture of what should be inside/or might be inside an igloo. Write underneath their writing and put the caption “Inside (child’s name)’s igloo…”
Finger paint with white tempera on a sheet of art paper. Before the paint dries, have each child sprinkle his paper with clear or iridescent glitter. After the paint is dry, cut one long edge of each paper into jagged icicle shapes. Mount the straight edge of each at the top of cubbies or tables.
- Draw a large foot shape on the cardboard. Cut out the shape.
- Use the cut out foot to make another identical foot with the cardboard and cut that foot out, as well.
- Cover feet with the clear packing tape to protect the cardboard in the snow. Trim off the excess packing tape.
- Trace your own shoes in the center of the big feet and use a pencil to mark the center of your shoes. Now poke a hole through each mark.
- Cut a 2 ft. length of twine. Thread each end of the twine through the two holes so that you will be able to tie the cardboard foot to your own shoe. Repeat this for the other cardboard foot.
- Now you can walk through the snow and leave big prints for everyone to wonder what has come to the neighborhood!
Take a long strip of 3″ wide paper decorated it with stamps, stickers, or crayons. Cut up small pieces of a white doilies. Glue the dollies to the strip. When dry fit around the child’s head and tape or glue.
- Fold the shoelace in half and place the two ends across the center of the pie tin.
- Make an arrangement of the above materials in the tin.
- Fill the tin pan with water and leave outside to freeze (or use your freezer).
- When the water is frozen, remove the ice from the tin. Hang your sun catcher from a tree in a sunny place.
- Keep in mind this craft will last only as long as the ice stays frozen!
Make snowmen out of white toilet paper tubes (or paint them white). Cut them into sections and then the children can glue 2 or 3 sections together to make a snowmen. Add buttons for eyes or whatever, yard for a scarf, etc.
Put colored water in ice cube trays, put in ice cream sticks to make the cubes easier to handle. Freeze.
Let the children paint on the filters with the ice cubes. For something different let them use other textured paper and ask them what happens.