Category Archives: Winter

3-D Snowmen Scene

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Submitted by: Robyn Priest

Use modeling material and tools to create a wonder-filled winter scene.

Goals:

  • To use the imagination as a source for symbolic expression
  • To practice a variety of methods of observation from different points of view while exploring spatial relationships

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Air-dry modeling material in assorted colors, modeling tools, paper plates and miscellaneous embellishments.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Distribute the paper plates and modeling material amongst the children. Allow them to become familiar with how the material works.

Step 2.
Demonstrate how to build a snowman using the material. Encourage the children to do likewise and build a winter scene around their snowman.

Step 3.
Use different colors of modeling material to create different parts of the snowman, such as a hat and carrot nose. Mix colors if necessary to enhance the look of the winter scene. Alternatively, use all-white air-dry modeling material and paint color and details onto your snowman and your scene.

Step 4.
Add embellishments to the snowman and the surrounding scene.

Furthermore:
Modeling material will need to sit for 24 hours to completely harden. You may wish to split this activity over two days; the first for modeling the clay, the second for any painting or decorating of the winter scenes.

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BioColor® Foam Snowmen

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This is such a fun activity! I have done this project with kids from ages 2-9 years and everyone loved the experience!

Goals:

  • To create and decorate snowmen
  • Teach the concepts of small, medium, large and counting to 3
  • It is also highly sensory, so it’s great to use with special needs kids

Before You Start:
Mix equal parts white Colorations® Foam Paint and white glue. Let kids mix with their hands. You will need dark blue construction paper and decorations like BioColor® paint, paintbrushes, sequins or buttons to make the snowmen features. An old sweater cut into small strips makes a dandy scarf!

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have each child take a facial tissue, dip it into the mixture, then form a snowball on dark blue construction paper.

Step 2.
Instruct them to do this three times to form their snowman.

Step 3.
While the mixture is still wet, let children add details and features. If you are going to use paint to create a face or other features, wait until the snowman dries completely.

Step 4.
Allow the project to air dry (it’s usually dry in 24 hours).

Furthermore:
You could mix up several other colors with the Colorations® Foam paint and let the kids make a black top hat or a blue ski hat. Small twigs make cute arms!

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Personalized Deer

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Submitted by: Amanda Lacey

Make wonderful keepsakes or gifts with minimal cost!

Goals:

  • To create a fun, inexpensive seasonal craft
  • To let children explore the sense of touch through art

Before You Start:
Gather your materials: paper plates, plain white cloth kitchen towels, brown and black washable finger paint, baby wipes and paper towels (red washable finger paint and glitter optional). Pour an ample amount of paint onto the plates to provide easy access for painting hands and feet. You may want to cover the floor and/or work surface to protect from paint.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Set up all materials onto the floor or a low work surface. Have children remove one of their shoes, and give each child their own plain towel.

Step 2.
Let one child at a time step into the brown paint with their bare foot and slowly step onto their kitchen towel to make a foot print for the deer’s head. Help them clean their foot using the baby wipes and/or paper towels.

Step 3.
Have children place one hand at a time in the brown paint, palm side down. They can then place one hand on to the top left side of their foot print to create one antler and repeat with on other side to make the other antler. (The children may overlap their handprints and paint on top of the toes – allow them to be creative any way they like. Allow the prints to dry completely.

Step 4.
Children can return to paint one of their thumbs black and paint eyes and a nose on their deer/reindeer. If they are creating a reindeer, then have them paint one thumb red to make nose and sprinkle with glitter.

Furthermore:
This is a great craft for winter and the holiday season. Children can personalize their deer/reindeer any way they like and use for gifts or as a keepsake. The deer can also be printed on canvas quilt squares, tote bags or other pieces of fabric. You may also provide other collage items for children to further decorate their deer.

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Winter Snowflakes

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Submitted by: Elizabeth Claudio

Create a translucent snowflake to decorate windows or as a Christmas tree ornament children can give as a gift.

Goals:

  • To help develop fine motor skills
  • To satisfy children’s need to design something unique

Before You Start:
You will need white glue, wax paper and “snow” (i.e. opal glitter) and pipe cleaners or string for hanging.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place the wax paper on a table, you can pretrace the design or let children be creative and make their own snowflakes.

Step 2.
Help children trace their line with a thick amount of glue.

Step 3.
Sprinkle “snow” and let set overnight.

Step 4.
The snowflake should be dry enough to lift off the wax paper and hang on a string or pipe cleaner to decorate on a Christmas tree or hang by the window.

Furthermore:
This project is fun and easy and creates a great “take-home” gift around the holidays!

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Contact Paper Snowman

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Submitted by: Stacey Beauchamp

Make double-sided snowmen that hang from the ceiling.

Goals:

  • To create an interesting snowman using clear contact paper to hang in the hallway for the holidays
  • To identify shapes used to make the snowman

Before You Start:
Prior to doing this craft with your class, you will need to cut out two 6-inch circles from clear contact paper. Cut out round black circles from construction paper for the eyes and mouth. Cut out orange triangles from construction paper for the nose. Cut out multicolored squares for the scarf. The last scarf square should be double the size to fringe one end with scissors. Trace top hats from black construction paper. Preparing each of these items prior to the activity with your class will help make this craft easy and organized for everyone!

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Children should peel off the protective paper from the contact paper.

Step 2.
They can distribute the pieces cut out for the eyes, nose, mouth and scarf onto the sticky side of the contact paper.

Step 3.
Children can then lay the hat at the top of the contact paper.

Step 4.
The teacher should help each child peel off the protective paper from another sheet of contact paper and place it on top of the first piece.

Step 5.
This creates a two-sided snowman to hang from the ceiling.

Furthermore:
Throughout the holiday season, your class will be able to see their projects wherever you decide to hang them!

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Tube Sock Snowmen

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Submitted by: Rosemary Gaffney

A great winter activity when the weather keeps everyone cooped up inside!

Goals:

  • To teach measuring and hand-eye coordination
  • To create a fun, winter craft and toy

Before You Start:
Collect clean, white tube socks you are no longer using, materials for stuffing (this can include small beads, batting, crumpled plastic bags, craft sand, dried beans, rice and more), scoops or small cups for measuring, rubber bands, yarn or twist ties. You will also need permanent markers, wiggly eyes and other decorative items, such as pom-poms, buttons, felt and ribbon.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill a tube sock about 1/3 full with your stuffing materials and secure with a rubber band, small twist tie, yarn, or another tie of your choice. This will be the base of the snowman. If you choose to use lightweight filler, such as batting or small beads, you may want to fill a small plastic baggie with sand (or something else with weight) and place in this base, so the snowman will be better able to stand upright.

Step 2.
Repeat Step 1 until the sock has three sections, making each one progressively smaller than the section below it.

Step 3.
Fold top of sock down over the last rubber band (or tie) to create a hat for the snowman.

Step 4.
Decorate with permanent markers and other craft materials.

Step 5.
Display for the holiday season!

Furthermore:
These little snowmen make great decorations for wintertime and are to fun for children to play with when they are done decorating. Have the children create their own original story about their new snowmen friends. The snowmen can even be used in a tossing game, since the materials you use makes them similar to beanbag toys. Use the counting or measurement of the stuffing materials as a math activity as well.

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Paper Roll Penguins

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These cute and perky penguins are a super easy winter activity to make using recycled craft rolls!

Goal:

  • To create a fun winter craft using recycled materials and learn about a special animal
  • To practice shape recognition
  • To encourage fine motor skills and creativity

Before You Start:
Provide recycled craft rolls to use for the craft. Cut small sections of black Colorations® construction paper for the children to use to cover their rolls and small lengths of ribbon, rick rack or yarn for scarves. The teacher may also want to create templates for some of the other penguin parts ahead of time for younger children to easily trace, cut and glue to their craft rolls, i.e. wings on black paper, tummy and head shapes using white paper, yellow/brown webbed feet. Lastly, provide small bowls with glue, Colorations® markers and crayons.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Talk to the children about penguins. Discuss what they look like, where they live, what they eat, etc. Explain that they will be making their own penguins using the recycled materials and discuss how many of the penguin parts will be circles and ovals. Review circles and ovals and other shapes they may see on their penguins.

Step 2.
Have children glue the black construction paper around the cardboard rolls for the penguins’ bodies.

Step 3.
Have them cut out two circles for the head, an oval for the tummy, webbed feet and a pair of wings using the construction paper templates you’ve provided. (The results do not have to be perfect, as the creativity of the process is an important part of the project.)

Step 4.
Children can then glue the ovals onto the front of their penguins’ bodies, the feet to stick out from the bottom of the rolls and the wings to the back.

Step 5.
Show them how to layer a small white circle on top of a larger black circle and paste together to make their penguins’ heads. Have them glue the heads onto their penguins.

Step 6.
Allow children to decorate the faces with Colorations® markers and/or crayons any way they like.

Step 7.
Have children add a final touch by tying a piece of ribbon, yarn or rick rack around their craft rolls to look like scarves. Now everyone has their own original paper penguins to display around the classroom.

Furthermore:
This is a great opportunity to incorporate a lesson on other cold climate dwelling animals and their wintertime activities. The teacher could also talk to the children about the different types of penguins that live in warmer climates as well. Consider a penguin parade or some kind of dramatic play that will allow the children to interact together with their finished penguin figures.

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