4 Indoor and Outdoor Snow Craft Projects

indoor outdoor snow crafts
Image via Mindi Stavish

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

cotton ball snowman
Image via Mindi Stavish

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.

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Learning concepts:

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

Image via Mindi Stavish
Image via Mindi Stavish

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.

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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

Image via Sara Wellensiek
Image via Sara Wellensiek

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

snow painting
Image via Hanen Webster

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 

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What snow related activities do you enjoy doing with your children?

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4 Indoor and Outdoor Snow Craft Projects

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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