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Arts & Crafts: Seasons > Winter

Coffee Filter Snowflakes
added 12-13-98 
Christa from Preschool Education

Need: Coffee Filter, Scissors, Blue Tempera paint, water, and a paint brush.

Directions: Take some blue paint and water it down. Then paint a coffee filter with the paint. Once it dries fold it in half, then in half again, and then in half one more time. Cut it like you would a snowflake. When you open it will look like a blue tie dyed snowflake. Looks great in a window.

Making a Snowman added 12-13-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: one cup of ivory soap flakes, water, mixing bowl, egg beater and an out line of a snowman on colored construction paper.

Directions: Mix the soap flakes and water in a bowl until frothy and thick. (children assist or watch) Each child receives a drawing of a snowman. A little of the white soap mix is spooned on it. The child then spreads it all over the outline.

Fluffy Snowman added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: empty 2-liter bottle, white toilet tissue, glue, construction paper hat,  buttons & facial features, crepe paper for scarf

Directions: Tear the toilet tissue into squares. Cover the bottle with toilet tissue by folding each square one at a time over the end of a pencil. Dab each piece lightly in glue and attach it to the bottle. When the bottle is completely covered, allow the glue to dry. Make the hat, facial features, and buttons from construction paper and glue these pieces in place on the snowman. Gently tie a length of crepe paper streamer around the snowman for a scarf. Snip the ends of the streamer with scissors to make fringe. You can also fill the bottle partially with sand to use as a door stop. The project does take a lot of glue and patience, but they are beautiful and fluffy when 

Snowman stamping technique added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: packing bubbles, paint, dark paper

Directions: Use packing bubbles to make a snowman. cut the bubbles in to a snowman shape, then the kids paint the bumpy side with white tempera and press onto dark paper.

Balloon Painting added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: balloons, Q tips, white tempera paint, fruit loops.

Directions: Give each student a blown-up balloon. Have him/her dip the balloon in white paint and then press three circles onto a piece of blue paper - press lightly for the top circle of the snowman, press a little bit harder for the middle circle, and  press harder for the bottom circle. Voila - you have three circles, Small, medium and large - a snowman!!!! Next, add details with Q-tips dipped in different colors of paint. You can also add snow with the Q-tips. use fruit loops to make the buttons .

Dough Snowman added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Flour, salt, water, twigs

Directions: Use this dough for each child to make into a snowman. No cook modeling dough... 2 cups flour 1 cup salt, water (2 tablespoons vegetable oil unless you want it to harden). Roll the dough into balls-Bottom big, middle-- medium and head 
small use twigs, material or other things for arms, face, hat, etc..

Paper Snowflakes added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, scissors

Directions: Fold a piece of paper several times and make cut outs in places, unfold and have snowflakes. No two are alike.

Snowman mobile added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, string

Directions: Make a large circle out of white construction paper, a medium size circle then a smaller one for the head. Draw on a piece of paper, twigs for arms, eyes, buttons and hat/scarf. Carrot for a nose :-) Punch a hole on the top of the bottom circle and attach with white string to the middle hole. Attach another string from the middle circle to the head. Glue on the eyes, nose and arms.
Poem to be used with mobile
I built a little snowman
who had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny
and what do you suppose?
That funny little bunny
while searching for a snack
ate that snowman's nose
crunch crunch crunch

Snowflakes added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Fabric paint, plastic wrap

Directions: Make them from fabric paint on plastic wrap. Let dry and then peel and stick to your windows.

Glistening Snowflake added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: tape, doily, paper plate, paint brush, paint, silver glitter

Directions: Lightly tape a doily to a paper plate. Use a paintbrush to gently dab blue tempera all over the doily. While paint is still wet, remove the doily. Sprinkle silver glitter on the wet paint. Shake off excess glitter and cut around the pattern.

Snowflakes Everywhere added 12-29-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: A 4" snowman pattern, Scissors, Oak tag, Hole puncher, Straight pins, 9"x12" construction paper, aluminum pie pan, metal caps and lids from jars, old toothbrushes, compass, glue, 6" doilies

Directions: Trace snowman pattern several times and cut out from oak tag. With a hole puncher, punch out holes where for the snow man's eyes and buttons on the oak tag snowman. Pin the snowman to a piece of construction paper with two straight pins. Next, pour a small amount of white tempera paint into an aluminum pie pan. Holding a metal cap or lid in one hand and a toothbrush in the other, demonstrate to the children how to spatter the paint. Hold the cap or lid over the paper and away from the face; dip the toothbrush into the paint and brush down the edge of the cap or lid to spatter the paint onto the paper around the snowman pattern. After the children have spatter-painted their designs, remove the oak tag pattern. Using a compass, draw a 5" circle onto the oak tag and cut out Children may trace the circle around their designs and cut out then have the children glue the design onto a 6" doily. Children can glue their doilies onto folded pieces of construction paper to make cards or punch a hole near the top of the doily and tie yarn through the hole to make 
hanging ornaments.

3-D Snowflake added 10-9-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: 2 white paper doilies per child, white glitter, white ribbon, glue, tape

Directions: Give each child 2 doilies.  Have them spread a little glue on their doilies. Sprinkle with the glitter.  Let Dry. Make a cut on each doily which extends from one outer edge to the middle.  Help the children line up the cuts and fit on doily over the other, to create a 3 dimensional snowflake, tape into place. Curl and tape the ribbon to each snowflake and hang them in a window or from the ceiling.

Snowflakes added 1-6-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: water colors, coffee filter, Scissors

Directions: Fill cups with different watercolor colors. Invite each child to fold a coffee filter into a triangle and dip each corner into a different color. Let dry. Cut pieces out of creases to make beautiful snowflakes.

Glitter Painting added 1-6-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Dark blue paper, 3 T. Liquid starch, 1 tsp. Glitter, Jars, Paint brushes

Directions: Mix the starch with glitter to make glitter paint. Let each child experiment with glitter paint on dark paper. Talk about the pictures after they dry.

Paint with Ice Cubes added 1-6-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Food coloring, Water, Ice cream sticks, Coffee filters, Paper

Directions: Put colored water in ice cube trays, put in ice cream sticks to make the cubes easier to handle. Freeze. Let the children paint on the filters with the ice cubes. For something different let them use other textured paper and ask them what happens.

Snowman added 1-6-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, glue, scissors

Directions: We make a cute snow man with paper chains.  Each students links together 3 strips of white paper (just like you do to make the winter holiday chains). Each piece of ours is about 2" by 8". Then we use scraps to make hats, scarf, buttons, face , etc. They are very nice to hang up and make a 3-d display.

Ice Painting added 3-27-00 Submitted by: Carla Edwards

Need: water, use of a freezer, cups, craft sticks, powdered tempera paint

Directions: Put water and a craft stick in small Dixie and freeze. Remove Dixie cup.  Dip ice "popsicle" in powdered tempera paint and paint with it.

Glue and Glitter Snowflake added 1-20-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Glue, iridescent glitter, and wax paper

Directions: Last week we make glue/glitter snowflakes.  Have children squeeze Elmers onto waxed paper or foil.  Any pretty "snowflake" pattern will do.  Sprinkle with iridescent glitter.  Dry for 2 days until clear.  Peel carefully and hang.

Paper Tube Snowman  added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Toilet paper tube (or half of a paper towel tube), paper, glue

Make snowmen out of white toilet paper tubes (or paint them white). Cut them into sections and then the children can glue 2 or 3 sections together to make a snowmen. Add buttons for eyes or whatever, yard for a scarf, etc... 

Honeycomb Snowflake Picture  added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Honeycomb cereal, white paint, glitter, blue paper

Ahead of time allow children to paint Honeycomb cereal with white tempera paint. While the paint is still wet, have them sprinkle some glitter onto the pieces. The children then make a wintry scene on a blue piece of paper. Give them lots of "stuff" to glue on. As a finishing touch, they can glue the painted cereal on their picture as snow. 

Snowflake Headbands  added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, stickers, stamps, or crayons, white doilies, glue

Take a long strip of 3" wide paper decorated it with stamps, stickers, or crayons. Cut up small pieces of a white doilies. Glue the dollies to the strip. When dry fit around the child's head and tape or glue.

Glue/Glitter Snowflakes added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: iridescent glitter, wax paper, glue

Directions: Have children squeeze Elmer onto wax paper.  Any pretty "snowflake" pattern will do.  Sprinkle with iridescent glitter.  Dry for 2 days until clear.  Peel carefully and hang.

Icicles  added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, white paint, iridescent glitter, scissors

Finger paint with white tempera on a sheet of art paper.  Before the paint
dries, have each child sprinkle his paper with clear or iridescent glitter.  After the paint is dry, cut one long edge of each paper into jagged icicle shapes.  Mount the straight edge of each at the top of cubbies or tables.

Snow Painting added 11-6-01 Submitted by: Esther Joy Holbrook

Need: Snow, paint, squirt bottle

Directions: In a squirt bottle mix up powder or liquid tempera paint, making it very watery. Let the children go out and sculpt the snow and paint the snow sculptures. This will provide hours of creative fun during the snowy months.

Inside an igloo added 11-6-01 Submitted by: Britta Jensen

Need: blue and white paper, glue, scissors, and markers or crayons

Directions:  Cut out an igloo shape on  he blue paper Make the igloo almost as big as the entire paper. Cut doors that can be opened up (like barn doors.). Glue it down to the white paper- make sure that you don't glue the doors shut! The children draw igloo patterns (ice blocks) on their igloo and draw a picture of what should be inside/or might be inside an igloo. Write underneath their writing and put the caption "Inside (child's name)'s igloo..."

Shaving Cream Snowmen added 11-6-01 Submitted by: Ashley Dymond

Need: Shaving cream, glue, and black paper

Directions:  Mix 2 parts shaving cream to 1 part glue.  Mix until it becomes glossy.  The children use their fingers to make snowmen.  Works great on black paper.  It will dry 3-D and the kids just love the finished product.  You can also add food coloring to the mixture and use for other projects.

Winter Hats added 12-16-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, paste, crayons, paint, brushes, cotton balls

Directions: Draw a stocking cap shape for each child on a piece of construction paper. A half circle with a cuff across the bottom and a tassel at the top is simple to do. Cut out shapes. Have the children decorate their cap shapes with crayons or paint, by pasting on scraps of colored paper, or sponge painting. Let them each paste a cotton ball on the tassel area. While the children are working, talk about the changing weather and how hats help keep heads and ears warm. The children may make mittens to match caps.

Sparkling Snowflake added 1-18-02 Submitted by: Jules91986

Need: Paper plate, scissors, shaving cream, glue, white or opal glitter

Directions: Take a paper plate, fold in 1/2 3X's then cut out shapes from the folded paper plate (triangle, squares, or cut off the edges).  Unfold paper plate and have a snow flake.  To decorate, mix together 2/3 shaving cream to 1/3 glue, have children cover the plate with shaving cream/glue mixture.  While wet and when completely covered, then sprinkle with white or opal glitter.  Let dry over night. 

Snow added 1-18-02 Original Author Unknown
Need: Paper, crayons, brushes, Epsom salt, water

Directions: Have children draw and color winter scenes. Then have them paint over the entire picture with a mixture of (Adult Part!!) 16 ounces Epsom salts dissolved in 4 ounces of very hot water. As the picture dries, frosty crystals will appear.

Snow Paint added 2-02-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Elmers School glue, shaving cream, dark paper

Directions: Mixed equal parts of white Elmers school glue and shaving cream.  It made a marshmallow like substance that was great fun and a lot of mess. Paint with the mixture on dark colored paper.

Winter Arts & Crafts added 2-10-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, black or dark blue paper, cotton balls, white paint

Directions: Cut out a snowflake from paper. Then, lay the snowflake on top of a black or dark blue piece of construction paper. Dip a cotton ball in white paint and "dab" all over the snowflake with the paint. The paint will go through the spaces in the snowflake and onto the paper. Then, remove the snowflake. There will be a beautiful snowflake painted onto the paper.

Coconut Snowman added 11-11-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, chalk, paste or glue, coconut, raisins.

Directions: Draw outline of a snowman on black paper with chalk.  Spread paste over snowman.  Sprinkle shredded coconut over the paste.  Use raisins for eyes, mouth, buttons!

Shape Snowman added 12-17-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: blue construction paper, white construction paper, small white paper circle, black rectangle

Directions: Have children glue on circles to form the snowman. Then have them glue on the rectangle for the hat. Next have children draw stick arms. Next have them draw on carrot for nose, eyes, smile, buttons on stomach, scarf, etc.

Snowflakes added 11-10-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper and scissors

Directions: Use white napkin or light white paper in square shape.  Fold square
in half, then fold in three parts radiating from center-point on fold.  Cut your own design and open.

Spatter Paint Snowflake added 11-10-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: construction paper, paint brush, white tempera paint

Directions: Cut a large circle from black or blue construction paper.  Fold in half and open.  Dip brush into white tempera paint that is thinner than normal.  Hold brush over paper, being careful not to touch brush to paper.  Shake brush, allowing paint to fall randomly.  Fold on original crease and press.  Open and symmetrical design appears.

No Melt Snow Dough added 11-10-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 C Flour, 1/2 C Salt, 1 C water, 2 TBSP veg oil, 1 TBSP cream of tartar, 1/3 C Clear or silver glitter, 1/4 C white tempera powdered paint

Directions: Mix all ingredients together, Cook over medium heat, stirring until a ball is formed. Knead the dough as it cools. Store dough in an air tight container.

Winter Hats added 12-7-03 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, paste, crayons, paint, brushes, cotton balls

Directions: Draw a stocking cap shape for each child on a piece of construction paper. A half circle with a cuff across the bottom and a tassel at the top is simple to do. Cut out shapes. Have the children decorate their cap shapes with crayons or paint or by pasting on scraps of colored paper. Sponge painting. Let them each paste a cotton ball on the tassel area. While the children are working, talk about the changing weather and how hats help keep heads and ears warm. The children may make mittens to match caps.


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