Preventing Boredum with Winter Themed Crafts

Winter is a magical time when the land becomes barren, sometimes snow covered and cold. It is also a time when the children are often indoors and it can be difficult to keep them entertained. I mean there is only so many pages to color, so many play dough snakes you can make, and movies to watch. I believe it is important to find joy in even the most mundane days – which for me often occur during the winter months. I feel like I run thru ideas like I run thru diapers and I am always almost out! So this quick list of winter crafts should help both you and your children keep away those winter blues.

Snow Crafts – Here are some great snow crafts. There are some sensory ones, some for decoration, and others that are fantastic keep sakes. This is especially great for those who don’t have snow during this time of year.

Make some snow! Not only is this a sensory activity but it is also great for those kids in the South who never experience snow and the kids in the North who always want to bring their snowy creations inside.

These adorable snow globes are great decorations and work on some fine motor skills as well.

I love making slime with the kids. It is so easy and fun!

These icicles are great decorations for the winter season!

This activity is the perfect keep sake for this time of year!!

Winter Animals – Winter animals are so fun to learn about because of their unique lifestyles. They have great ways to stay warm and fed even in the coldest of days. Here are some great crafts for all the kids to share with this time of year.

Here is an adorable walrus that could also easily be made into a mask for extra hours of fun!

This is a great activity for kids to practice a variety of skills in the creation of this polar bear.

This is a fantastic activity because not only does it show how some animals deal with winter but there are some fantastic books that can be read with this craft as well.

Here is an adorable penguin art project that even young kids could complete with a little guidance.

Here is a great project for some of the older kids. This project is a fantastic one to encourage engineering and critical thinking skills.

Winter Clothes – Winter clothes crafts are important for kids to help understand what clothes are appropriate to wear in each season – especially for those who live in warmer weather and may travel to colder regions someday.

Adorable idea of making ice skates – which could also be turned into a great lesson on the sport.

This is a great activity that actively shows children how to dress for winter using paper dolls

Another fun activity where you get to use those white crayons… finally!

Here is great mitten activity that is also great for decoration!

This is a super adorable activity that could keep the kids busy for hours once they have completed the craft!

Branches – Since the branches are bare during these months its important to discuss with the children that the plants are dead but are also hibernating like so many animals during this time of year. Here are some great crafts that include decorating with branches but also showing how they won’t stay bare forever.

Here is an adorable Valentine tree that is easy to create and very adaptable to any time of year.

This is an adorable craft that shows how the trees won’t stay dormant all year – plus it’s a fantastic decoration to keep in the home.

Here is another adorable craft the can even help you make a sensory book!

Here is a great painting and sensory activity for the kids

This is a great cause and effect winter craft for the kids.

These winter crafts are a great quick reference to a lot of fun things you can do with your children. Some are inherently educational and other can become education. What I like most is they mostly require items that are already located in the home. I hope these ideas help you to entertain those kiddos during these mundane months of the year. Plus there is nothing better than seeing those little minds at work creating their masterpieces and creating a lifetime of memories.

ciao_laurencop_sig-01Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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