Fun things to do in Winter with Kids
Winter is the perfect time for getting the kids involved with art and craft activities. There are so many fun winter ideas for kids and there is nothing better than a craft afternoon inside in the warm on a wet cold day! Many of these are great Winter Crafts for Preschoolers and hopefully you will inspired to have a go!
It’s Louise here from ‘Messy Little Monster’ and I’m delighted to be here to share a few of our favourite winter craft ideas for kids. Snow crafts have to be my favourite winter crafts, there is something so beautiful about snowflakes and snowmen crafts always look adorable! I have to say I do LOVE penguin crafts too though!
Below I have added some of my favourite winter crafts for toddlers and pre-schoolers and a few crafts for older children too!
- Our melted snowman craft is the perfect winter craft for young children. Using a homemade puffy paint kids can get as messy as they like as they make their own melted snowman. We have even added a cute printable poem to go with it.
- Snowman crafts are always adorable and I hope you love our fingerprint snowman craft as much as we do! These would be so fun to make after reading the story ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs.
- Older children might like to have a go at making their own snowman mugs! These DIY snowman mugs are easy to make and there is nothing better than drinking a mug of warm hot chocolate in your own homemade mug on a cold winter’s day.
- Making a DIY snow globe is one of those classic crafts that kids love making over and over again. Whether you add small ornaments, old toys or even laminated photos the kids are sure to love it.
- Snow globes are great, but there is nothing more fun than getting out in the real snow! If you are lucky enough to have real snow you have to have a go at snow painting!
- If you don’t have snow you could try making some fake snow to play with. We have an easy fake and fun snow recipe that the kids will LOVE!
- A great alternative art activity if you don’t have snow is Ice painting! Children can feel the cold ice and explore what happens as the ice begins to melt, all whilst making beautiful watery patterns on paper. Check out this great post on Ice Color Theory too.
- Foil painting is another fun way to explore cold colours and make snowflake and ice patterns. This fun painting technique is great for working on fine motor skills. More Great Artist Projects for Kids!
- Who remembers making paper snowflakes as a child? We have a fun mess free painting idea that is perfect for making snowflakes with young children without any mess!
- What do you wear to keep your hands warm in the winter? Mittens of course! We have a really cute clay handprint ornament craft shaped as a mitten that pairs brilliantly with the story book ‘The Mitten’ by Jan Brett .
- As the temperature dips don’t forget about the poor birds! Our homemade bird feeders are easy to make and I’m sure the birds will be very grateful for them as the weather gets colder. More great DIY Bird Feeders here!
- Penguin crafts are perfect to make when thinking about the weather turning colder. Using a baby handprint we made the most beautiful salt dough handprint penguin. These would be so much fun to make with babies, toddlers or pre-schoolers.
- Another fun penguin craft idea is to make penguins from potato prints. We used a really fun painting technique to add an icy background when making our penguins.
I hope that you have fun trying out these Winter craft ideas. We have had a lot of fun over the years doing them! I have tried to include a few of our favourite Winter activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers, as well as a few ideas for older kids too!
If you want even more winter activities for kids check out our Winter activity calendar full of winter art, craft and activity ideas!
These were really nice ideas. I really liked the bird feeder one. I always keep bowls of water for the bird during summers. Will start working on the DIY bird feeder this weekend.
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