Area: Snow flakes
We save the brown cardboard cup holder that you get from places like McDonalds. We paint them white, making them look like a snow flake. Then add a string so you can hang them from the ceiling to make the room look like snow is falling.
Area: Winter Art
I teach 3 and 4 year olds and they love this project. I use popsicle sticks and white minty lifesavers to make a snowflake. I help them glue their sticks together and make it look like a snowflake we add the lifesavers and glitter and hang them form the ceiling it looks great and the parents love it. ps I let the children break up the lifesavers and i hot glue the lifesavers on how they want them arranged on their snow flake.
Freeze chunks of food colored ice and let the children paint with it. Using mittens makes it more fun- especially in states where we have no snow or ice.
Area: winter art
for fine motor skills.
cut 2 large "mittens" out of construction paper. punch several wholes around the outside. let children use yarn to "sew" the 2 mitten together.
when they are done allow them to decorate with stickers.
ask children "what can you do in winter?" teacher or parent helper can write their response on their mitten.
Area: winter art
Keeping in mind the importance of recycling and reduce the waste, here is an ecological way to make fake snow.
When buying meat or fish at the supermarket, you are left with a Styrofoam plate stamped with a 6 surrounded by the cycling arrows, meaning this material is not recyclable.
Gather a bunch of these plates in white, spread large black garbage bags on the floor, and with the help of your students shred them into Styrofoam dust, using your finger or safety scissors. Notice the static effect on the garbage bag, looking like a snow storm or a skylight! Gather the Styrofoam dust…
- Sprinkle it on hand made houses or use empty juice box to create the buildings of a city under a snow storm
- Glue it on a upside down empty yogurt plastic container to create an igloo
- Use an empty water bottle, cover with the Styrofoam dust, use a yogurt plastic container (individual portion) for the hat, cut branching arms out of cardboard (or carefully washed straws from the juice boxes, dipped in brown paint), and glue and old pen cap for the nose.
- Use different color of Styrofoam plates to make mosaics of winter landscapes.
- You can mix some blue Styrofoam dust with the white dust.
Instead of buying new Styrofoam glass or plates or any new material, open a discussion with the second life of objects… You’ll be surprised with the originality and imagination some student may have!
You Will Need;
White Tempra Liquid Paint
Plastic Snowflake Christmas Ornament
Paper Plate/to pour paint into
Dark Blue or Black Construction Paper
1/Glue cork onto middle of snowflake. Let dry/Cut string Off 2:Pour white paint into paper plate 3:Have children dip snowflake using cork as handle into white paint 4:Children print on paper by lifting snowflake several times till it runs out of paint. Children can print as many times as they want till paper is covered.
Snow Globes: We had children bring in an empty jar -- baby food, jelly, pickle, etc., any small, clear jar with a screw-top lid. (An empty spice bottle works too.) We filled the jars nearly full with a mixture of 1/3 light corn syrup and 2/3 warm water, then gave the kids popsicle sticks to stir until mixed. Then they added "one or two pinches" of glitter (we had several colors to choose from) and a few snowflake-shaped sequins. We (the adults) hot-glue-gunned the lids on the jars, screwing them tightly into place. Voila! Fun & easy swirling snow magic!
(Notes: 1-Using a mixture of water with corn syrup "thickens" the liquid and keeps the glitter in suspension longer. 2-Don't use white glue to seal the lids -- it's water-soluble and will turn the water cloudy. 3-Covering the table with a disposable plastic tablecloth will make it much easier to clean up after this craft. (Dried glitter in corn syrup may not go over real well with your custodial staff!)
Area: Winter Art
Our children were given marshmallows, a sheet of blue construction paper and a little bit of glue. They put the glue on there marshmallows and then threw them onto the blue paper. Viola! Splattered snowballs. Since the glue is non-toxic if they "accidentally" ate them once they got home it was okay:-)
Handprint pine trees make great winter and holiday projects.
Just trace the child's hand on green construction paper and cut, to make a small tree you may want to cut out at least six hands or more depending on the size of the tree, and have the children glue them in a triangle shape. Holiday trees can be decorated by providing pom-poms, stickers, buttons you can use anything you can come up with.
Area: Winter Art
For a really cute hanging decoration for the classroom, cut out big mitten shapes out of cardstock paper. Let the children paint two of them with a paint/glitter paste. Let dry, and then have them glue on sequins, buttons, fun foam shapes, lace, etc. Punch a hole at the corner of the cuff and string together with yarn. Hang from the windows or ceiling. Looks very colorful and wintery!
Area: Snow/Ice/Winter Art
Igoo: Materials: Small Styrofoam cup, small white paper plate, mini marshmallows, sugar cubes, glue, shaving cream* (*if desired) For the 3's I cut the top half of the cup off and glued the bottom half onto the center of the paper plate. When dry we started the project. The kids were instructed to put glue all over the cup. sides, top, etc. 2 sugar cubes were placed on top of each other then glued onto the paper plate touching the cup to form a door/entry way. Then they covered the cup with mini-marshmallows. When done they used popsicle sticks to put a mixture of shaving cream and glue onto their igloo's and paper plates (this makes a puffy snow that dries puffy). Also I pre cut little strips out of colored construction paper and glued them around the top of a tooth pick to resemble a flag. I put the child's name "Tommy's Igloo" on the flag and when they were all done the stuck the flag into a marshmallow on the top of their igloo. They loved making these and they turned out so cute!
Our five year old class loves to use equal parts of shaving cream (non-menthol) and Elmer's glue to make winter scenes. It has a "puffy" effect. We also use it on projects. e.g. paper mache snowmen, and our life size polar bear. It is one of our favorites! I'm sure you could add food coloring too!
Mix shaving cream and glue together to make snow that will be 3 dimensional on paper. Use your fingers to apply to houses, make snowballs or create a puffy polar bear. This dries quickly and forms a hard coat over the top.
Just a quick addition to the "toilet paper roll" snowflake idea. I love the idea and have used it before. This year I cut the strips in the cardboard with those 'wavy' scissors...so each snowflake had an extra special pattern. The kids loved it.
Dressed for winter self portrait. Have kids paint with a skin color onto a paper plate. Then have them round off two corners of a sheet of 9 x 12 construction paper to make a winter coat. Let them decorate with buttons, etc. Next glue cotton balls, (colored or white) all along the edge of the paper plate to make the "hood". Let them finish the face by gluing on eyes and drawing a nose and mouth. (I use fun foam for eyes a lot and they turn out really cute. I use two different colors and sizes of circles and have the kids draw a black "pupil" in the smaller one.) These snow kids make a great bulletin board.
After a snowstorm, bring in a large amount of snow in big tubs. Have the children help you fill the tubs outside and carry them in. When inside, give the children watercolor painting sets and let them have fun, fun, fun. As they paint the snow, the colors will blend together. It really is lovely. We always take pictures of this activity for the parents.
Snow Paint White Tempera Paint, Glitter. In a plastic cup, pour paint. Add glitter until the consistency is thick like snow. Paint onto projects! I used gold glitter and you couldn't see the color. It's much cheaper then the snow sold in stores!
My Even Start children worked with their parents to make Lifesaver Snowflakes. I glued tongue depressors together with a hot glue gun to look like an asterisk or snowflake frame and let them sit overnight. The next day, we took peppermint Lifesavers and dipped them into some glue and put them onto the snowflake frames. Then we used paint brushes to put a light coating of glue on top of the Lifesavers. We sprinkled some white iridescent glitter on them to make them sparkle. Once they dried I sprayed them lightly with a coat of clear spray paint to protect them. They take a while to dry and use a fair amount of glue, but the end result is very cute.
For ceiling art...Cut out blue snowflakes. mix ivory snow and warm water with lots of silver glitter. Children can finger paint onto the snowflake, let dry and hang! The children love the squishy feeling! If it gets on clothes, don't worry, its just soap!
Take mini pretzels. (4 per child) Pour white paint into baggies, or pie tin and coat with paint. Allow to dry thoroughly. When dry, glue all 4 pretzels corners to corners/points to points...to form a "snowflake". (hot glue gun may work the best...done by an adult). Then, when dry...take a thin ribbon, or yarn and tie for hanging...hold string and dip into a. White snowy glitter...or b. dip into craft snow. Very Cute!
I take empty thread spools and have the children dip them in white paint. They then print on black or dark blue construction paper. They look just like real snowflakes. I then put them all together on a wall add white strips to make it look like a window.
Last winter I took a piece of wax paper and had the kids lay down Q-tips end to end. Then had them take glue and squirt it where the Q-tips met. After it dried I took them off the wax paper and hung them from the ceiling! The kids loved it!!!
Christmas ornaments In my 3 year old class the children make snowflakes. Each child gets a small piece of waxed paper on which I have them squeeze a puddle of glue. I then give them several Q-tips cut in half which they place around the glue puddle, swab end sticking out to look like a snowflake. Stick a loop of string in the glue puddle for a holder. Have child sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Let them dry a couple of days and peel them off the waxed paper. In my four year old class the children make cinnamon ornaments with the easy recipe of one part cinnamon to one part applesauce. I but the cinnamon at the bulk store and the cheapest applesauce I can find. The children roll their dough, cut it into shapes, add a hole for string. Let dry on waxed paper a couple of days.
This lesson can be a winter project or even a social study project. The children can make igloos using sugar cubes. Have them glue sugar cubes on top of one another on top of a cardboard platform. You can also use glitter, crystal studs and sequins to decorate the igloo. If you want to preserve the igloo you can put shellac (teacher) on the project.
Snowflake ornament materials: Wheel shaped pasta white paint white glitter dry Tapioca pudding mix paint brushes glue Take round wheel shaped pasta and glue (believe me Elmer's does work!) together to be in a circle shape. Paint the whole thing white. Before the paint dries sprinkle on glitter mixed with dry Tapioca pudding mix. When dry slide a piece of string or yarn through one of the wheel hole towards the outside of one of the wheel pasta shapes. My mother had our girl scout troop make it and some of the girls say there mom's still say don't forget the pasta ornament we have to put it up and we made it 10 years ago. Younger kids love making it, they love things that are handmade and are more than paint paper paste and scissors.
Let the children try to build igloos using ice cubes (Salt helps to hold them together). Then build an igloo using sugar cubes to take home.
Want a fun way to recycle old markers? take them outside to color the snow with. Works good and nothing goes to waste.
Quick tip before you start: The easiest way to paint the pasta white is to add a small amount of white paint and some uncooked pasta to a Ziploc baggie and shake.
Draw a Medium sized circle on a piece of sturdy paper. This will be used as a guideline. The children glue the white pasta inside the circle and can even extend outside the circle if they wish. Stress that all snowflakes are different.
On The Easel
I provided blue or black paper and three different sized corks to dip into white paint. I encouraged the children to make snow man pictures. Some days I added some black paint as well as white so the children could make eyes and buttons. And on other days I added glitter to the white glue for a different effect.
Ice Painting! Using an ordinary ice tray, freeze colored ice cubes. Fill with water and add food coloring in any colors that you choose. Lay toothpicks or Popsicles sticks in the water, and freeze overnight. Next day, have the children hold the colored ice cube by the stick and swipe over white construction paper. The ice slowly melts leaving the beautiful colors behind. The children love swirling the ice and watching the colors blend. Enjoy!
using a rectangle of contact paper unpeeled have children sprinkle half teaspoon of ivory snow onto the contact paper and spread flat with spoon. Let children place precut construction paper pieces of orange nose, brown stick arms, and paper hole punched black eyes, and a black hat. Fold contact paper in half and seal the edges. You have created a melted snowman!
Craft Stick Snowflake You will need 6 to 8 craft sticks per child, glue, and white or light blue paint We took the craft sticks and put glue in the middle of each one then we stacked them up and spread them out to make a snowflake (circle). Put more glue on the middle and maybe a touch of hot glue gun to make sure it stays. Then the paint away! You can use puff paint for a nice feel or just tempera works great too.
Coffee Filter Snowflakes Here's an easy idea: take coffee filters and fold and cut then unfold.
Roller Paint Ahead of time make a snowman template out of tag board. Then the child can use small roller painters to roll paint onto a piece of paper under the template. Take the template off and you have a nice snowman!
Buy some scrub brushes that are shaped like a * on the scrubber end. I found these at the discount store for $1 each. Then use white paint and dark paper for snowflakes!
Make Puff Paint by mixing glue and shaving cream (equal parts). Then using butcher paper, cut out 3 circles: one small, one medium, and one large. The children finger paint on the paper and then when it's dry, hang it up in the hall for an instant snowman!
Contact Paper Snowman
Materials: contact paper construction paper (white and black) cotton balls stapler markers or crayons
Cut snowman shape out of white construction paper. Cut contact paper in shape of bottom half of snowman. (make sure sticky side is up) staple to snowman. Have children stick cotton balls on contact paper. Have children draw faces or whatever else they want and then cut out hat for them to glue on top! age: 2and up
Use three white cupcake liners to "build" a snowman and then provide scrap materials or other miscellaneous items for children to embellish their snow people. Sprinkle a bit of white or clear glitter on the snow person. Have children tell something about their snow person and write it on the paper.
We made a "footprints in the snow" collage; painted the children's feet gray (they seemed fascinated with the shade of pain for some reason), made the prints on a huge sheet of white paper, and then surrounded it with animal prints from a set of stampers we had. They loved it and it turned out absolutely adorable--and different!
Just got this in my e-mail box from Hsboatlady on Children's Ministry. It's a great idea for January!!!
First have children make a snowflake from a coffee filter. When unfolded, brush on some glue and sprinkle with iridescent glitter. Let dry.
Have children mount them on a piece of construction paper and then have them glue this poem along with it:
This is my snowflake, I made it myself. If it were real, it would quickly melt. It wouldn't be around forever and ever.
But there is one thing that won't leave us, no, never. It is God's Love for each of us all. He will never leave us, He's there when we call. So if I feel sad or just need a friend, I can always turn to God, on Him I can depend!
Soapy Snowman Using a grater, grate soap like Jerkins or Ivory Mix with a couple tablespoons of water and mix into a ball using hands. Make three balls: one small, one medium, and one large. Add eyes and a nose using spices, use toothpicks for the arms, add fabric for a scarf, gloves, let your imagination run wild. Great for fine motor movement and fun!!
As one of our family-school connections for the month of January, the teachers send home a bag of dried pasta (wheels, shells, bow ties, macaroni, etc.) with a note explaining the project. The parents and child are to work together to assemble a snowflake. A simple pattern is also sent. We emphasis that no two snowflakes are alike and they can decorate them with paint or glitter or whatever else they have at home. After the snowflake is complete, the children bring them back to the center and we display them for a month or so on the central bulletin board. We then send them back home after the season.
Cotton Snow: Glue cotton onto blue construction paper and there is your cotton snow.
Snow Art Use cool whip topping to symbolize snow. Cut a snowflake, snowball or use on heavy paper. When dried it leaves an interesting 3d image.
I noticed lots of cute snowmen ideas here. We make one out of one large and one small paper plate and add buttons, face, etc. The cutest part though, is the carrot nose. We cut a piece of orange paper into a half circle and then roll and tape it into a pointy "carrot." Make a hole for the nose and push it in from the back. It is adorable!
Push a strawberry basket so that it is inside out, dip it into white paint, and make "snowflakes" on blue or black paper.
Salty the Snowman: Make a snowman body template for the kids to trace around. Use blue construction paper for the body and lots of scraps for adding details (hats, mittens, eyes). Put table salt into shakers and let the kids glue & shake on salt to their snowmen. While the glue dries, let them cut lots of clothes for Salty the Snowman. These are super cute on the bulletin board!
Epsom salt snowflakes: Cut out snowflake shapes. Color on light blue construction paper with white chalk. Mix Epsom salt and a little amount of water in bowl. It should be frothy. Paint salt onto the snowflake. See what happens in several days.
You will need 1 large paper plate, 7-9 black craft pompoms, orange craft foam, cotton balls and glue. Have children glue the black pompoms on the top of plate to make two eyes and the smile ( space the pompoms out to look like a snowman's smile). Next, fill in the empty spaces around the black pompoms with the cotton balls. When the pompoms and cotton are glued on, glue on a carrot shaped nose from the orange craft foam. You may cut out a black hat from construction paper and glue on also! These are so cute and the kids love making them!
material: glue,Q-tips, construction paper.
"Snowballs" Blow up a balloon to a size of a softball, cut about 2 to 3 foot of white yarn place in bowl of Elmer's glue then take yarn and begin wrapping yarn around balloon when done wrapping sprinkle glitter ( I used silver glitter) on yarn then hang to dry for 24hrs, when the glue is dry pop balloon then you have this cool snowball to hang from your ceiling (my preschoolers loved this project)
After reading the book , "Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert,I had the students in my class take home a white construction paper snowman and a note that asked parents and their child to work on it and decorate their snowman in any creative way they could. They came out adorable!!! We have some made with stickers, marshmallows, cereal, twigs, candy, raisins, plastic forks (for arms), pom poms, etc...The parents enjoy this as much as the kids! they are really a delightful display in our hallway." Our Snowfolks Will Melt your Heart"
Twist 3 silver metallic pipe cleaners in the center. Have the children push 3 or 4 packing peanuts onto each spoke of the pipe cleaner, leaving a space in between the packing peanuts. Tie a piece of nylon thread from one of the pipe cleaners and hang in a window. These really catch the light. Great small motor and counting activity for 3 and up.
Make an igloo out of sugar cubes and vanilla icing!!!
This is a great winter project. Blow up three balloons, one small balloon, one medium size balloon and one large balloon. Provide a shallow dish of white paint. The other materials needed are q-tips various colors of paint, such as brown, red, black and construction paper for each child. The children will be making snowmen, by rolling the balloon in the white paint and then placing it on his/her own paper. The child needs to begin with the large balloon on the bottom, next is the medium size balloon and the small balloon print is placed on the top for the head. Next the child uses the q-tips for adding features such as the eyes, nose, hat, hands and feet. The children will have a great time doing this and the snowmen look great.
Use ivory flakes, mix with warm water. Children use egg beater on mixture. Use on black paper to make snow pictures.
I cut out the shape of a bare tree in brown construction paper and an ever green in green paper. the children cut out their own trees and bushes too and stuck these on to blue construction paper, then with toothbrushes they splattered white paint to look like a snowstorm. it looked incredibly effective.
Mix 1 cup Epsom salts with 1 cup boiling water. Let cool. Use paint brushes to paint mixture over recycled Christmas cards or note cards with pretty pictures. When dry, pictures will have a frosty appearance. Cut a piece of black construction paper to fit the bottom of a clear, flat dish. Pour any remaining mixture in dish and let sit over night to dry. The mixture forms crystals. Children can use magnifying glasses to view the crystals.
I have my children first draw a winter scene. For my younger children I cut snowpeople or skaters, snow town, etc. out of Xmas wrapping paper. I then glue these items onto construction paper. I mix up white paint and brush white paint on bubble wrap. Then the children make a print on their construction paper pictures. ITS A WINTER WONDERLAND!
We use dish detergent bottles, filled with water and food coloring. Then we go outside to color the snow. I find the squirt bottles work easier (esp. with mittens on!) than the spray bottles.
On black construction paper draw a three circle snowman with a white crayon. Have the children lick the top of miniature marshmallows and line them up all around the circles. (They will stick after licking.) Glue small pretzel sticks for arms and have the children draw a face, buttons, boots, and a hat! Allow them to eat all leftover marshmallows and pretzel sticks for snack!
Blow up a small round balloon for each child. Dip lengths of white yarn into a mixture of white glue and water, and have children wrap around the balloon in interesting patterns. Try to cover most of the balloon, but you don't have to cover the whole thing. While the ball is still wet, sprinkle with silver glitter. Allow to dry, then pop and remove the balloon from in the center. Beautiful snowballs to hang from your ceiling!
This is a fun activity you could do when discussing Winter. Fill an ice cube tray with water. Add food coloring to the water. Before putting the tray into the
Materials: One snowman pattern cut out of posterboard per child, glue, shaving cream. Mix shaving cream and glue in bowl until it is a creamy marshmallow texture. The children use their hands to spread the mixture on their snowman. The mixture is similar to puff
Take toilet paper tubes and make different length snips at the end of the tube. Bend the ends back so they are all flared out. Dip the flared edges in white paint, the tube make a great holder. When done sprinkle with silver glitter. It looks like snow flakes. Then with all the different lengths made in the cuts they are all different and unique.
Use black paper on the easel. Use a white crayon for the child's name. Let the children use white paint and paintbrushes one day for a snow scene. Each day after that use a different type of object instead of the paint brush: a brayer to roll it; a floppy sponge on a handle; a fork; little race cars dipped in white paint and rolled across; black paper and drops of white paint in a box lid and roll marbles. Have fun!
Make ice cubes in a tray with half craft sticks for handles. When frozen give one to each child. Sprinkle powdered tempera paint on a sheet of paper and rub ice cube over paint. Neat creations!
Cut a bell pepper in half crossways dip half of the pepper into white paint and make a print of the pepper (it makes a snowflake print) print the snowflake prints onto blue construction paper.
Shimmering Icicles On black construction, draw a thick line of glue across the top width of paper. Hold paper upright to let glue drip down the paper. Sprinkle glitter on glue, let dry...icicles!
Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water together (
Pre-cut, or have children cut, snowflakes from different shades of blue paper. Make a fairly thick mixture of Epsom salt and water. Have the children paint the snowflakes with mixture. When dry repeat on other side. They make a great room decoration to hang from the ceiling.
Use shape cutters (the ones that are used for dough, we have used snowmen, stars, angels etc.) Dip them in PVA glue, and make a print onto black paper. Sprinkle with glitter, and you have a lovely winter/Christmas scene.
Place dollies on black paper. The children can sponge paint over the dollies with white paint. When the dollies are removed it will look like snowflakes.
Ice Cube Painting
Freeze Ice in popsicle molds. Sprinkle Jell-O powder onto paper. Children can use ice to move Jell-O around. It works the best if ice has started to melt.
you need: light blue and brown construction paper. white paint. cut out a few tree trunks from the brown paper and have children glue to blue paper. Have children make small brush strokes with the white paint all over the blue paper around the tree trunks to make a snowy day in the woods scene.
light blue construction paper brown construction paper white paint/ paint brush
cut three tree trunks from the brown construction paper and have the children glue them on the blue paper. then let the children make small brush strokes with the white paint all over the blue paper. This makes a nice snowy day in the woods scene.
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