Snow. We have seen a lot of snowfalls this month. And with snow, that means snow days. We love to head outside & play in the snow, but that only lasts so long with three little kids. I love to find activities & ideas to keep my kids busy & happy inside while we are snowed in at home. Below, I am sharing some of the fun winter crafts & activities that we have done this month & hope you can enjoy on a fun “snow” day at your house!
1. Snow Ice Cream
My kids loved making snow ice cream. Unfortunately, all the snow had melted away by the next day so we only got to enjoy one night of this delicious dessert. It is super easy to make & it definitely isn’t truly ice cream, but my kids loved that they could make “ice cream” from snow.
Big Bowl of Snow
1 Cup of White Sugar
1 Tbsp of Vanilla
1-2 Cups of Milk
In a big bowl, mix snow with sugar and vanilla to taste. Add milk until you get the consistency that you want. Serve with sprinkles or chocolate syrup!
2. Snow Dough
My boys loved this activity & kept them busy for many hours. I kept our snow dough in this Tupperware so it was easy to close and put up & kept it lasting for a few weeks. It’s super easy to make and my boys are already asking to make it again.
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup & 1 tbsp of water
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Place on medium heat and stir continuously for about five minutes (the mixture will thicken). Let cool before playing.
3. “Name” Snowman
This is a great activity for kids learning to spell their name. On separate paper plates, write the letters of the child’s name. Mix them up & place on floor. Have child find the letters in order and build the snowman. Staple the plates together. Add a paper plate for the head. Decorate the snowman. We used construction paper to make coal eyes, coal mouth, carrot nose, & hats. My son used foam stickers to add buttons & we used pipe cleaners to make “stick” arms.
4. Mitten Handprint Banner
This is a fun craft for kids & easy to do with little ones. My kids love painting their hands & doing handprint crafts so this was a definite hit. Paint hands and stamp two handprints on several colored pieces of paper. Let dry. Cut out mitten shapes around hand. Glue cotton balls to mittens. Punch holes & string ribbon through to make matching sets. Hang a “line” & hang the mitten pairs.
5. Snowman Snowstorm Bottle
We used a mini water bottle to make our snowstorm snowman bottle. I was using the idea of “calm down” jars to make this craft. Mix 2 cups of hot water, 1-2 tbsp of glitter glue, & extra glitter in a bowl. Pour into bottle. Shake together and it will make a glitter snowstorm. Decorate the outside of the bottle to look like a snowman. We added wiggle eyes (with glue gun), foam sticker nose, & a foam sticker mouth.
6. Winter Sticker Pattern Activity
This is a super easy activity to do with kids. I always manage to grab the $1 seasonal sticker pads from the craft stores & this is a great activity to do with those. I am working with my preschool on patterns & so we made different patterns (ABAB, ABBABB, ABCABC) together.
7. Snowman Potato Prints
This is another fun one that allows you to use a potato as a paintbrush. Put some white paint on a paper plate. Cut a potato in half & dip into white paint. Make snowman on colored paper. Let dry. Decorate snowman.
8. Marshmallow Snowman
(Honestly I would have used white marshmallows, but we were out!)
Make glue in the shape of a snowman. Have child add marshmallows to glue in the shape of the snowman. Decorate with marshmallows.
9. Snowflake “Tape Resist” Painting
This is a craft that my oldest loved to do (age 6), but you can really do with ALL ages as younger ones can abstractly paint & it will still turn out cute! On a canvas, have child add masking tape to make a shape of a snowflake. Make sure tape is pressed down firmly. Paint the whole canvas. (We used blue paint). Let dry. Pull paint off. Add glitter glue, if desired!
10. Shaving Cream Snow
This is seriously one of my kids’ favorite activities & it’s SUPER easy to do! Put regular shaving cream on a cookie sheet. Let child play in the “snow”. My kids love to do trucks, but you could really play anything in the snow (animals, Little People, etc).