Winter Arts & Crafts for Kids

Little hands have been busy in our house again!

Every month my daughter and browse my Pinterest boards for some arts and crafts projects.  Not only does she get to experiment with new supplies, but it's a great way to spend some one-on-one time with her while her brother naps.  Here are the projects she picked this month.  Keep reading to see what she created!

Stained Glass Mitten
Materials: paper, scissors, wax paper, glue & water mixture, paintbrush, mitten pattern

Her mitten HAD to be pink.  We didn't have any pink tissue paper left in the house, but we happened to go to a birthday party for one of her friends.  There was a ton of pink tissue paper and the mom was kind enough to let us take two sheets which was more than enough to complete the project.

We made a glue and water mixture and brushed the pieces onto wax paper.  We held the mitten template over the pink to make sure we had a large enough area covered.  After it dried, we glued the mitten template to the top and back of the wax paper.

This idea came from Kinder-Craze.

Name Snowman
Materials: paper, markers, scissors, glue

This was one of the fastest and easiest to create.  I drew 6 circles and my daughter cut them out.  She wrote one letter of her name on the circles and glued them together to make a chain.  I drew two rectangles for the hat and she cut those out and glued them together to make the hat.  Finally she drew the face on her snowman.

This project was inspired by Fun-a-Day.

Pattern Snowflake
Materials: paper, scissors, glue

Little Miss wanted her snowflake to be bright and colorful, so she chose pink and yellow papers.  I pre-cut strips of pink and yellow paper.  Then I held them in place and she cut the strips to make the squares and triangles.  She laid out the pattern she wanted on one section of the snowflake.  Once she was happy with that, I drew little dots on it to help guide her glue drops and spacing.  Then she went to work gluing and laying her pattern on the snowflake.

Her snowflake was inspired by this photo over at The First Grade Parade.

Handprint Snowman
Materials: paper, scissors, white paint, sharpies

This was probably my favorite, but it could be because I'm a sucker for handprint crafts!  We did a white handprint on blue paper.  Once it dried, I cut out around the handprint and did a stitched border.  Then I handed the marker over to my daughter and she traced the outlines of the snowmen.  Then it was time to decorate their bodies and give them personalities.

I found this idea on Pinterest.  The link leads to this blog that is written in French (I think).  I took the inspiration from the photos and went from there!

Snowman Drawing
Materials: paper, pencil, markers or crayons

My daughter loves directed drawings as much as I do.  She feels like an artist!  She was very particular about her color choices and insisted on a pattern for the eyes that was black & gold.  She also said she did not want a blue sky since it was snowing and snow is white.  Go figure!

The photo inspiration came from Doodle Bugs Teaching.  However, we ended up using the directions from First Grade Blue Skies.

For the first time since we started doing this each month, she decided she didn't actually want to do three of the projects. All well!  I hope you'll give one of these projects a try with your own children or students.

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