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    11 Best Winter Crafts for Kids that Anyone can Make

    As the chilly winds blow and the landscape turns into a winter wonderland, it’s the perfect time to explore some fun and easy winter crafts for kids. With schools having winter breaks and the outdoors often too cold for play, crafting can be a wonderful way to keep kids engaged, entertained, and creatively stimulated.

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    In this blog, we’re going to dive into fun winter crafts for kids that are easy to make and perfect for kids of all ages. From snowy scenes to festive ornaments, each craft is a doorway to a world of imagination and joy for your children. So, grab your glue sticks, gather some basic craft supplies, and start creating easy winter crafts for kids that they will love!

    1. Snowflake Paper Cutouts

    Age Group: 5-6 years

    Snowflake paper cutout is one of the classic winter crafts for kindergarten. This activity is great for enhancing fine motor skills and creativity. Kids can fold and cut paper to create various snowflake designs, each as unique as a real snowflake!

    Materials Needed: White paper, scissors, optional glitter, or markers for decoration.

    How to Make It: Start by folding a piece of white paper in half, then in half again, forming a square. Continue folding the square diagonally to form a triangle. Cut small shapes and patterns along the folded edges and the tip of the triangle using scissors. Be creative with your cuts – triangles, circles, and slits all work well. Once you’re done cutting, carefully unfold the paper to reveal your unique snowflake design. You can add extra flair by decorating with glitter or coloring the edges.

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    2. DIY Snow Globes

    Age Group: 8-9 years

    If you are looking for winter craft for 3rd graders, then creating DIY snow globes can be a magical experience for them. They can personalize their globes with their favorite figurines and watch as the glittery snow falls around them.

    Materials Needed: Jars with lids, glycerin, water, glitter, small waterproof figurines, super glue.

    How to Make It: Begin by selecting a jar and a small figurine or item that fits inside the jar lid. Using super glue, attach the figurine to the inside of the jar lid and let it dry completely. Fill the jar almost to the top with water, then add a teaspoon of glycerin. The glycerin helps the glitter float more slowly, making your snow globe more magical. Sprinkle in a pinch of glitter – not too much, or it will be hard to see the figurine. Screw the lid back onto the jar tightly, ensuring it’s secure. Turn the jar over, and you have your very own homemade snow globe!

    3. Pine Cone Bird Feeders

    Pine cone feeders
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    Age Group: All ages

    Pine cone bird feeders are perfect for teaching kids about nature and caring for animals. This easy craft is enjoyable and provides a valuable resource for birds during the colder months.

    Materials Needed: Pine cones, string, peanut butter, birdseed.

    How to Make It: Tie a string around the pine top for hanging. Make sure the string is long enough to hang from a tree branch. Spread peanut butter all over the pine cone. Once the pine cone is covered in peanut butter, roll it in birdseed until it’s well coated. Press the seeds gently into the peanut butter to make sure they stick. Hang your pine cone bird feeder on a tree branch outside. Watch and enjoy as birds come to feast on your creation!

    4. Sock Snowmen

    Age Group: 5-6 years

    Sock snowmen are a delightful and creative way to reuse old socks. Kids can make their little snowman friends by adding personal touches with buttons and ribbons.

    Materials Needed: White socks, rice or cotton balls for filling, rubber bands, buttons, colored fabric, or ribbons for decoration.

    How to Make It: Take a white sock and cut off the foot part, leaving you with just the tube. Turn the sock inside out and tie a rubber band tightly around the bottom end. Flip it right side out again – this tied end will be the base of your snowman. Fill the sock with rice or cotton balls until it’s the size you want your snowman to be. Tie another rubber band about three-quarters of the way up to form the head. Decorate your snowman by gluing on buttons for eyes and mouth. Cut a small piece of colored fabric or ribbon to make a scarf and tie it around the snowman’s neck. You can even add a small hat or nose if you like!

    5. Ice Ornaments

    Homemade ice ornamnets
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    Age Group: 4-8 years

    Ice ornaments is one of the best winter crafts for kids to explore creativity with simple materials. Kids can experiment with colors and shapes, making each ornament a unique piece of art. This craft is perfect for a snowy day activity.

    Materials Needed: Water, food coloring, small decorations (like berries or leaves), cookie cutters, string, aluminum foil.

    How to Make It: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place cookie cutters on it. Fill the cookie cutters with water, add a few drops of food coloring, and gently place small decorations inside. Cut a string length, fold it to make a loop, and place the ends in the water inside the cookie cutter, ensuring the loop sticks out. Freeze until solid, then carefully remove the ornaments from the cookie cutters. Hang them outside on a cold day to enjoy their colorful beauty.

    6. Winter Scene Mason Jars

    A winter scene mason jar
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    Age Group: 7-12 years

    Creating a winter scene inside a mason jar is like building a miniature wonderland. This snow crafts allows kids to use their imagination to recreate the magic of winter in a jar.

    Materials Needed: Mason jars, cotton balls or fake snow, small tree figurines, animal figurines, glue.

    How to Make It: Start by placing a layer of cotton balls or fake snow at the bottom of the jar to create a snowy base. Arrange small tree and animal figurines inside the jar, creating a winter scene. You can glue the figurines to the bottom of the jar to keep them in place. Once satisfied with the arrangement, close the jar. Kids can shake the jar gently to see the snow move around their winter scene.

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    7. Paper Plate Polar Bears

    Polar bear paper plates
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    Age Group: 3-6 years

    If you are looking for kindergarten winter crafts, paper plate polar bears can be a great option. This activity is great for developing fine motor skills and allows kids to create their cuddly polar bear.

    Materials Needed: Paper plates, white cotton balls, black and white construction paper, glue, and markers.

    How to Make It: Cover the paper plate with glue and stick white cotton balls onto it until it’s completely covered. Cut out ear shapes from white construction paper and smaller inner ear shapes from black paper. Glue these to the top of the plate. Use black construction paper to cut out a nose and glue it in the middle. Draw eyes and a mouth with markers to complete your polar bear face.

    8. Salt Dough Ornaments

    Baked ornaments
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    Age Group: 7-10 years

    Salt dough ornaments are a classic craft that allows kids to create lasting memories. This activity is perfect for making personalized ornaments or gifts.

    Materials Needed: 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water, cookie cutters, acrylic paint, string.

    How to Make It: Mix flour, salt, and water to form a dough. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Make a hole at the top of each shape for the string. Bake the ornaments in the oven at 200°F (93°C) for 2-3 hours or until hard. Once cooled, paint the ornaments with acrylic paint. After the paint dries, thread a string through the hole for hanging.

    9. Felt Christmas Tree

    Age Group: 4-6 years

    The felt Christmas tree is a wonderful craft that allows kids to decorate their tree repeatedly. It’s a safe and fun way for little ones to be involved in holiday decorating.

    Materials Needed: Large green felt sheet, various felt colors for ornaments, scissors, Velcro or double-sided tape.

    How to Make It: Cut a large Christmas tree shape out of the green felt. From the other colored felt, cut out various shapes like stars, circles, and bells for ornaments. If you like, add Velcro to the back of these shapes. Attach the large felt tree to a wall using double-sided tape. Kids can then stick the felt ornaments onto the tree, rearranging them as they wish.

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    10. Handprint Penguins

    Handprint penguins
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    Age Group: 3-5 years

    Handprint penguins are a cute and personal craft for young children. This activity is great for a keepsake and adds a personal touch to winter decorations.

    Materials Needed: Black and white paint, paper, orange construction paper, googly eyes, glue.

    How to Make It: Paint the child’s palm and fingers with white paint, leaving the thumb unpainted. Press the painted hand onto a sheet of paper to make the penguin’s body. Once dry, paint the unprinted thumb area with black paint to create the head. Cut a small triangle from orange construction paper for the beak and glue it with googly eyes to the head. You can add feet and a snowy background if desired.

    11. Yarn-Wrapped Stars

    Yarn wrapped stars
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    Age Group: 5-10 years

    Transform simple materials into a galaxy of colorful stars with this engaging yarn-wrapped stars craft. It’s a wonderful way for kids to express their creativity while developing their dexterity and concentration.

    Materials Needed: Cardboard, different colors of yarn, scissors, star template (optional), glue (optional).

    How to Make It: Begin by cutting out star shapes from the cardboard. Start by making a small hole in one point of the star. Secure one end of the yarn in this hole. Then, let your child wrap the yarn around the star, crisscrossing between the points and around the edges until the cardboard is completely covered. Once the wrapping is complete, secure the end of the yarn with a knot or glue. 

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    Conclusion

    As we wrap up our journey through these simple winter crafts for kids, we hope you and your little ones find joy and creativity in each project. These winter craft ideas  are not just about making things; they’re about making memories. So grab your supplies, gather around the table, and let the winter crafting fun begin!

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