Updated: May 18
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Tis’ the season for tinsel and snow
For snowmen and angels and cocoa, so go...
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to start
making fun crafts of painting and art!
Don't you just love this time of year? There are so many fun winter crafts you can do with your students! Today, I'm going to be sharing 15+ fun, simple, and easy winter crafts, including some Christmas crafts, that you can do with your students. Ever find your students need a break from the normal routine because they can't keep focused during this exciting time of year? Keep these winter crafts handy for those days when you just need a fun brain break or last minute filler activity!
This Snowman made from doilies is so simple and easy and absolutely adorable! Click on the image below for a step-by-step video tutorial from Easy Peasy and Fun dot com.
Winter Snowflake Slime
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, check out this Winter Snowflake Slime. With just a few simple ingredients you can make this winter slime for hours of fun and entertainment. There is also a video tutorial for this craft at the link above. Bonus: This could count as a science lesson!
Toilet Paper Roll Penguin
Have you been saving up your toilet paper rolls for rainy day crafts? Check out these toilet paper penguins. Click on the image below to see how to make it.
Egg Carton Penguins
Don't have toilet paper rolls saved up? No problem! Here’s a link to make penguins out of an egg carton. Make 12 penguins with just one egg carton! All you need for this project is a little black paint, some paper, and a pair of googly eyes.
Paper Plate Arctic Fox
If you love winter animals like we do, check out this cute arctic fox made out of a paper plate! All you need for this project besides a paper plate is some white tissue paper, a black pom-pom, some card stock, and a pair of googly eyes.
Polar Bear Masks
If you have extra paper plates left over, check out this link to make a fun polar bear mask. It looks like all the same materials you would need to make the arctic fox with the addition of a plastic fruit cup or applesauce container for the bear's muzzle.
Winter Mitten Craft
Make this adorable mitten craft complete with glitter and snowflakes! You can also decorate your mittens with sequins, buttons, or foam shapes. Check out her step-by-step video tutorial which also includes a free printable mitten template. A great craft to pair with the book, "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. Bonus: Incorporates reading!
These Christmas ornaments make a great gift for students to give to their parents. They are really easy and quick to make as well. Just pick up a couple packs of empty glass ornaments, carefully remove the top and have students fill them with strips of ribbon and put the top back on. Viola! Super simple and fun craft/gift idea!
Winter Tree Finger Painting
If your child likes to paint, this winter snow scene is loads of fun. And don’t worry if you don’t have a paintbrush or don't want to mess with the cleanup. All you need are some q-tips that you can toss in the trash when you're done!
Christmas Trees and Math
If you know my products you know how much I love to incorporate multiple subject areas into one lesson. So, why not incorporate some math into your art lesson? Here is a fun way to teach about length, while making a Christmas tree craft. Students measure and cut several different sized strips (such as 6", 5", 4", 3", 2", 1") of green construction paper (or pre-cut for younger students then have them practice measuring them). Then have students stack their strips in order from longest to shortest to create a Christmas tree! Add some white paint or silver glitter to mimic snow. Students can also draw decorations on their tree, add a star to the top, and/or draw presents underneath to finish off their craft.
Christmas Tree Winter Art
Here’s another cute winter scene, featuring Christmas trees. I love this project because it uses so many different art tools. Kids will really get involved with this project.
Paper Plate Baubles (Ornaments)
Christmas is also fast approaching, so why not make some fun decorations for the tree or to decorate your house. These Paper Plate Baubles from Arty Craft Kids dot com are adorable!
I Spy Bottle
This is a fun craft that will keep students entertained for hours. Remove the label from an empty water bottle and fill it with bird seed, rice, popcorn kernels, dry beans, or a mixture of these. Add 15-20 winter themed items such as a small bell, snowflake, Christmas tree, etc. Include a card that lists everything for the students to find in their I Spy Bottle. Shake it all up for endless fun!
Check out this cute angel! All you need are some doilies, clothespins, pipe cleaners, paper and glue. Yes, you can also use glitter but this step can get messy….so use glitter at your own risk! Here are the steps:
Cut out a small circle for the face and draw it on.
Glue the face onto the front of a clothespin (near the top where it opens)
Squeeze a doily in the middle like a bow to form wings then insert into the top of the clothespin
Make a halo with silver or white pipe cleaners and glue it onto the back of the clothespin
Pipe Cleaner Candy Cane
These simple pipe cleaner candy canes make great Christmas tree decorations. First, teach students how to put a knot at the end of the pipe cleaner, or teach them how to curl the end. Then give students some beads and have them make a pattern (another great math skill!). Lastly, bend the pipe cleaner into the shape of a candy cane.
And for our kids who love to draw, here are some fun winter themed Art Hub Drawings:
I hope your students enjoy these winter crafts! If you have other fun winter craft ideas that were not mentioned above, please share them in the comments below for more teachers to try!
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