Are your kiddos getting restless, and need something interesting to do at home? We’ve got some great ideas for all ages in this winter’s Crafts and Activities Guide. Most are for indoors, but there are some that can be taken outside on a nice day, too. We hope you have fun and enjoy them!
Most of our crafts require at least some adult supervision, depending upon the age of your crafters, so please skim each one to decide whether you should simply be nearby or closely within arm’s reach before they begin.
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And so, without further ado–whenever you’re ready have fun creating our favorite winter crafts and activities of 2022!
When you live near Phoenix, you never get snow–but it’s still fun to “make” some and pretend! Follow along with our snowy craft ideas to see if anything looks fun for your kiddos:
This pretty craft calls for 5 supplies, including a set of dabber dot markers but you can always just use regular markers and help the kiddos out, if they need it, as they go along.
The end results are lovely sparkling ‘snowflakes’ which can be hung anywhere you like. We think they’re perfectly suited for the window, where they can reflect the sunlight.
Snowball Transfer Game
For this activity, you’ll need 3 supplies, including the two containers or little buckets you’ll use for the cotton balls on each side of the tray during the game, as well as the center container, which holds all the cotton balls to begin with. Be sure to use high-quality cotton balls and straws to avoid little pieces coming up the straw as you play.
Stunning Sparkly Icicles
These sparkly icicles are so cool and easy to make, you’re sure to be impressed! All you need to get started are 4 supplies, and one of them is the aluminum foil you probably already have in your cupboard. Make sure to guide your crafters to squeeze the icicles exactly as directed in step 6; this will ensure they’re shaped as desired, as well as working on the kiddos’ motor skills along the way.
Little Bins for Little Hands gets it right with this recipe. Sometimes kids just need to make some arctic slime! The scientific explanation of what slime actually is can be read about in the blog for kids old enough to fully grasp it. Otherwise, just scroll down to the supplies (you’ll need 8 – including liquid starch, which other sites say you can substitute with corn starch) and instructions.
Snowball Activities that Don’t Require Real Snow
Scroll through the Not So Wimpy Teacher’s blog to see which games your kiddos might like. We thought the one pictured looked fun, which is basically bowling with a pyramid instead of bowling pins. You can make your own fake snowballs (this recipe makes some with foam balls, glue and glitter, so use them somewhere it won’t matter if they come apart a little), or do something else like the No Sew Snowballs shared on the blog, which will probably take a quick trip to the dollar store for supplies.
These turn out so pretty, you’ll be amazed they’re made with Q-tips! Simply created using Q-tips, scissors, and glue, just follow the pictures on Instructables, and you’ll see how easily they’re made. For a little more detailed instructions, check out Homemade Ginger’s version.
Seems like all the little ones love Frozen these days, so how could you go wrong with this sparkly, exciting Frozen inspired Playdough? You’ll only need 7 supplies, including glitter (what child doesn’t love glitter?), and a large mixing bowl. Then it’s time for some imaginative, screen-free playtime!
Bean Bag Toss Snowman Game
Now that all the holiday packages have all been delivered, wrapped and unwrapped, most households currently have a bountiful array of empty boxes awaiting their destiny in the basement. All we need for this game are 3 large-ish boxes, each a little bit larger than the one above it, as shown, and 4 other easy-to-round-up supplies. So cut the holes and paint as shown, follow the rest of the instructions, then allow a suitable amount of time for the paint and marker ink to dry before playing the bean bag game. And then? Have a blast!
Tot School Penguin Waddle
Take a cue from this kindergarten class’ studies of penguin behavior. By placing a balloon between their legs, the kiddos were able to practice walking like a penguin. You could even incorporate a race or some other type of game with this activity if the group likes that sort of thing. (This teacher worked in a discussion about penguin daddies keeping their babies warm between their feet while the moms are out hunting for food. We don’t have her lesson plans, but this free downloadable worksheet might work.)
Water Bottle Penguins
You’ll only need 9 supplies to make two of these water bottle penguin crafts, and you probably have at least a couple of them in your home ready for repurposing. Be sure to make these in groups of two though–penguins are known to pair up for life!
Paper Plate Hatching Penguin Puppets
These paper plate cuties from the Kids Craft Room are a cinch to make with just 8 supplies needed and a full set of photos to guide you along with the instructions. Great for preschoolers, it’s fun for little crafters to see the penguin “hatch” and then to interact with it as a puppet.
This fun craft from Messy Little Monster is great for encouraging reading by marking the pages of the last book your littles had out. Only 5 supplies are needed for this one (and one of them is your scissors.) You’ll need to print out the free template or, if you’re particularly artistic, you could try drawing it out yourself based on the images provided.
Easy 3D Edible Marshmallow Polar Bears
These chubby cuties are made entirely of marshmallows and food coloring, so your kiddos (and you, of course!) can eat them after you’ve constructed and admired them long enough! You’ll just need 6 super simple supplies for this craft, two of which are different sizes of marshmallows, and one which is water in a cup. **REMEMBER: Make sure your kiddos brush their teeth after eating these or tell them to wait until they get home to eat them where they’ll be able to brush their teeth when they’re done. In a pinch, at least make sure they drink a glass of water afterward to rinse some of the sugar off.
San Diego Zoo Polar Bear Live Cams
Take a peek at some real live polar bears through San Diego Zoo’s free live cams – it may take a minute to load, and you’ve got to have decent WiFi, but otherwise, no worries. You’ll be peeking in on the polar bears in seconds!
The zoo also offers a section of polar bear facts to read together if your kiddos are old enough.
Paper Plate Polar Bear Craft
Read up on a few fun polar bear facts (did you know that their skin is really black underneath all that white fur?) if you haven’t already when you click into this fun crafty blog. You only need 3