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Looking for some indoor fun on a snow day or a cold winter day with your toddler, preschooler, or youngster? These 5 winter crafts are fun and each can be done in 15 minutes or less.
Fun 15-Minute Winter Crafts for Kids to Make
Have you ever looked out the window on a cold, winter’s day and seen a beautiful red bird? Making a fun cardinal art piece with your kids is fast and fun. No matter where they put the washi tape on the paper, it is going to look good. Our preschooler LOVES playing with washi tape so making a fun winter craft with it was super fun!
Supplies You Will Need for All the Winter Crafts
Washi Tape Cardinal
Have you ever looked out the window on a cold winter’s day and seen a beautiful red bird? Cardinals can easily be found in the winter so let’s make a winter craft with one. Making a fun winter bird art piece with your kids is fast and fun. No matter where they put the washi tape on the paper, it is going to look good. Our preschooler LOVES playing with washi tape, so making a fun winter craft with it was a lot of fun.
Supplies you will need for the washi tape cardinal winter craft
- Have your child cover the center of the blank piece of paper with washi tape
- Cut the cardinal out of the template leaving the legs and branch
- Place the cut paper over the top of the washi tape paper
- Tape along the sides of the two pieces of paper
Construction Paper Snowflake Countdown
Making a construction paper chain is always fun. Adding a winter craft twist to it makes it even better! This winter craft doesn’t take very long to make, but your child will have a great time with it for DAYS!
You can hand this fun winter craft as a decoration and once the countdown is over, you don’t have to find a place to store it.
TIP: Take a picture of your snowflake countdown chain to keep in your child’s scrapbook, photo book, or artwork box.
Supplies you will need for snowflake countdown
- Using your child’s school calendar, count the days left until a break
- Print and cut as many snowflakes as you need for the number of days left
- Write or have your child write the number of days on the snowflakes
- Fold your light blue paper in half longways
- Fold in half longways again
- Cut along the folds to make strips
- Help your child to make a loop with a construction paper strip and secure it with the stapler or tape
- Help your child make the second chain by looping it in the first loop
- Again, secure it with the stapler or tape
- Repeat until you have a long chain with 2x the amount of snowflakes you have created in step #3
- Attach a snowflake to every other chain link
- Let your child rip off 2 chain links every day until the winter break
Most of the snow globes I have seen are made of glass. Not exactly a good fit for young kids. So, I came up with a DIY snow globe that doesn’t involve glass at all. Instead, this winter snow globe craft uses a sandwich bag. Mind blown!
Supplies you will need for the snow globe winter craft
- Have your child color the snow globe picture
- Cut out the snow globe picture out of the template
- Cut the grey lines out of the second page
- Tape the snow globe picture to the inside of the bag with the opening of the bag at the bottom
- Have your child put the white pom-poms into the bag
- Close the bag leaving some air in the bag
- Help your child thread the 2 top bag corners trough the hols you cut
- Tape the corners to the back of the page
- Help your child thread the bottom zippered part of the bag through the long hole that was cut in the bottom
- Tape to the back
- Ta-da!! A fun snow globe without glass!
Sledding Winter Craft
Have you ever been sledding down a hill before? I have, but, to be honest, it is not my favorite winter activity. BUT, when you need a break from the cold on a winter’s day, you can create a fun winter sledding scene craft with your kids using only a few supplies! Crafting sledding down a hill is better than actually sledding down a hill, in my opinion. I know, I know, I’m a scaredy-cat!
The sledder can slide down the hill or go back up the hill by flipping the sledder picture back and forth. SO FUN!
Supplies you will need to make the sledding scene
- Have your child color the sledder
- Cut the sledder out
- Cut/hole punch the 2 small grey circles out on the sledding scene
- Help your child tread the yarn through the holes to the back of the paper
- Tie a knot in the yarn on the back of the paper
- Help your child fold the sledder in half along the dotted line
- Loop the sledder over the string
- Secure the 2 sides of the sledder together using the stapler or tape
- Now your child can slide the string back and forth
- If you flip the sledder one way he moves down the hill. If you flip the sledder the other way, he moves up the hill
With young kids, it is hard to stay outside in the cold long enough to build a snowman. Instead, we are going to make a mini-indoor snowman using sandwich bags and construction paper!
Supplies you will need for the mini-indoor snowman
- Have your child make balls using the white construction paper (a 1 piece of paper ball, 2 pieces of paper ball, and 3 pieces of paper ball)
- Help your child fill the sandwich bags with white construction paper balls
- Secure the ends of the bags with a rubber band
- Cut off the excess bag
- Tape the rubber band to the bag
- Cut a nose out of the orange construction paper
- Hole punch buttons and eyes out of the black construction paper
- Help your child tape the eyes, buttons, and nose onto the snowman
- Cut the pipe cleaner into four pieces for the arms
- Help your child stack the snowman and insert the arms
Tip: To help the snowman stay together better, roll a piece of gift-wrap tape to hold each snowman layer together.
Whether you and your kids are stuck inside on a snow day or you are looking for a break from the cold winter weather, these winter crafts are perfect for you. Each of the crafts can be completed in 15 munites or less.
Having 5 quick winter crafts on hand will help keep your child busy inside without turning on the TV. Crafting is not only fun, but it builds skills and memories too!
Which winter craft is your favorite? Mine is the snow globe using a sandwich bag. It’s so cute and creative!