4 Indoor and Outdoor Snow Craft Projects
While parts of the states have been hit hard with snow, here in DC our sidewalks still remain bare. We had a few “storms” that left just enough snow for my boys to play in back in December. Each time the snow melted the next day and they were left wanting more. There hasn't been a day they haven't asked, “When will we get more snow?” This weekend I decided to bring the snow to them.
After searching Pinterest and the blogging community, I pulled together enough snow projects to get us through the weekend.
1. Cotton Ball Snowman
Materials: cotton balls, glue, buttons, felt, popsicle sticks, googly eyes, construction paper
Instructions: Help your child draw the outline of a snowman. Place glue in the outline. Then have your child place the cotton balls on the glue, forming the snowman's body. Decorate the snowman using various materials.
Size – Talk about small/little, medium, and big/large, while you are drawing the snowman. You could also have buttons of various sizes to compare and contrast big vs little.
Numbers – Have your child estimate how many cotton balls it will take to create their snowman. Once he or she has glued on all the cotton balls help count them. Talk about how many are on each part of the snowman, teaching about more vs less.
Fine motor – Your child will practice fine motor skills, while gluing, cutting, and manipulating small items like buttons.
2. Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
Materials: popsicle sticks, glue, paint, sponges or paint brushes, various materials for decorating the popsicle sticks (buttons, shells, rocks, feathers, felt cleaners, etc.
Instructions: Have your child paint six popsicle sticks. Allow the paint to dry and then construct the snowflake, gluing the sticks together. Allow the glue to dry and then decorate.
Learning Concepts: Teach your child about how each snowflake is different, just like real snowflakes. Look at pictures of snowflakes in books or online.
3. Snow Paint
This inexpensive and fun project involves using shaving cream and glue to “paint” snowflakes made out of cardstock. Check out Sara's full tutorial at momendeavors.
Learning Concepts: fine motor skills painting the snowflakes, snowflake patterns
4. Paint in the Snow
Hanen's Painting in the Snow activity is on the top of our list for our next snow day. With just plastic squeeze bottles, water, and a few drops of food coloring, your kids can create masterpieces in the snow.
Learning Concepts: color mixing
What snow related activities do you enjoy doing with your children?