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Winter Snowman Crafts

by Rachel Paxton

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This week my boys got to make two different cute snowman crafts. One is made with marshmallows, and one is made with cotton balls. These crafts are great for preschool-aged children.

marshmallow snowmanFor the first craft, you will need:

  • Construction paper
  • Large marshmallows
  • Small marshmallows
  • Scissors
  • Marker

Let your child help cut the marshmallows in half. You will need three large marshmallow halves to make the snowman, and 10 or so small marsmallow halves for snowflakes.

The fun part about this activity is that the marshmallows actually stick to the page! After the marshmallows are cut in half, use the large marshmallow halves to create the snowman on a piece of construction paper. Just place the cut side down on the page and press down. Next have your child place the small marshmallow halves randomly all over the page for snowflakes. Have your child use the marker to draw a face, buttons, and arms on the snowman. This activity is really fun, and fast too, if you need a quick project.

cotton ball snowmanFor the next project you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Cotton balls
  • Orange, black, blue construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s glue

You will be using the paper plate to make the face of a snowman. Pour some Elmer’s glue on another paper plate. Let your child dip cotton balls in the glue and place the cotton balls all over the paper plate.

Use the construction paper to make eyes, a carrot nose, and a hat for the snowman. Glue them in place. This is also a fun, easy project. Just takes a little while for the glue to dry.

Books to read about snowmen: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll, and Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.

Polar Bear Games

by Rachel Webb

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There are a wide variety of winter recreational opportunities you can enjoy as a family that require no money, only warm clothes and an adventurous attitude! Here are some ideas for snow fun that can be enjoyed as close to home as your own backyard where you can have a snow sculpture contest, build an igloo or make a snow cave that kids will love using as a backyard fort.

SNOW SCULPTURES

To build a snow sculpture, start by making a sketch on paper. Choose a design with a basic shape for your first project. Figure out the approximate dimensions you will need to cut. You will want to use snow that is wet and can pack or shape easily. You will need several kitchen utensils and gardening tools to help carve and shape your sculpture including a spatula, knife, garden hoe and shovel.

After you have formed your shape you can embellish your sculpture with color and shading techniques by dissolving food coloring or fabric dye in water and them painting it on your sculpture with a foam crafting brush. When you are finished, use a spray bottle or clean brush to add a thin coat of water to your sculpture. The water will freeze and add a nice glaze to your sculpture evening out any rough area’s. Don’t forget to take a picture of your snow masterpiece!

BUILD AN IGLOO

An igloo can take many hours to construct because each snow block could weigh up to 40 pounds and will require a machete or ice saw to use to cut. This activity is for families with older children or energetic dad! Blocks should be cut approximately 1/2 x 1/2 x 2 1/2 foot rectangle. Place your blocks in a circle and trim them to form a spiral ramp that continuously winds up to the top of your igloo. Trim the inside of your blocks so that they tilt inward and overlap the blocks so that the vertical seams do not lie on top of each other.

When the walls are 3 or 4 feet high cut a temporary opening for your doorway and slide the block out. The dome can be closed in using a wedge shaped block that serves as the keystone. Next you will need to chink all of the holes between the blocks with snow, both inside and out. Or you can leave the top of the igloo open to use it as a fort for snowball fights. Help the kids make a colorful flag or family crest fly from your fort.

SNOW CAVE CONSTRUCTION

A snow cave is very similar to an igloo but instead of being made out of blocks of snow, a snow cave is hollowed out of a snow bank. Snow caves are faster to make than an igloo and the only tool you will need is a shovel.

I remember making a snow cave as a little girl living in Huntsville, Utah. We made lots of tunnels and would travel through the maze laying flat in our red wagon.

Building a traditional snow cave can also be a good way to teach kids about emergency winter shelters. To build a snow cave, choose a location with a steep hillside and deep snow. Your roof must remain at least 2 feet thick after your cave is completed. A snow cave is made up of three parts, the main cavity of the cave, the entrance hole and a ventilation shaft.

The smaller you can keep the entrance to your cave, the warmer the cave will stay. After hollowing out the cave, use the handle of your shovel to add an angled ventilation shaft to the roof of your cave. Last, you will want to compact and smooth the snow walls to turn the inside layer to ice. As long as your ventilation shaft is not blocked you can use candles or a lantern to light your cave and provide additional warmth.

Inside Snow Fun

by Angela Billings

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Most children love snow and playing in it.But for those times it is too cold to play out or for those that do not get snow I hope you will enjoy these activities.

Crystallized Snowflakes

1 large wide mouth jar
white pipe cleaners put together to look like a snowflake
boiling water
borax
pencil or pen

Make a snowflake shape with your pipe cleaners. An adult needs to fill the jar with the boiling water.Place 3 tablespoons of the borax into the water. Stir until it is dissolved. Loop your snowflake onto the pencil(pencil should be horizontal laying across the top of the jar) with string or another pipe cleaner. Place your snowflake into the jar. It should be dangling from the pencil, and pencil should be laying across the width of the jar mouth. Let it sit overnight and remove the snowflake by lifting the pencil in the morning. You will have a beautiful crystal snowflake.

Glue Snowflakes

white glue in a squeeze bottle
wax paper
glitter

Draw a simple 6 lined snowflake onto the wax paper.Then let child squeeze glue over the design. Sprinkle glitter over the glue snowflake. Let it dry. Then gently peel from the wax paper. You can then hang snowflakes around the room.

Snowman Snack

You will need three refrigerated biscuits per person and place them vertically on a piece of foil to resemble a snowman. You can use pretzel sticks and raisins for the snowman’s arms, eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. Place the foil on a baking sheet and bake as directed on the biscuit package.

Backyard Snow Activities for Children

by Nicole Dean

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You look outside and see a beautiful blanket of white snow covering the ground. Your children are inside getting more and more restless as the morning progresses.

The next time this happens, turn off the TV, bundle up the kids, and head outside for some old-fashioned fun in the snow.

Snowman

Who says lumps of coal are a bad thing at Christmastime? All you need to make a snowman is a few lumps of coal (or rocks) for eyes and a mouth, a carrot for a nose, sticks for arms, and a scarf and hat to keep him warm, and you’ll have a snowman to make Frosty the Snowman envious. If you have very ambitious children, send them out to make an entire snow family. Your kids will be entertained for hours.

Snow Angels

Have your children lay down in the snow and move their arms up and down, and their legs in and out. Then, have them stand up. Your little angel will have made an angel in the snow. Add glitter or a garland halo to make your snow angel sparkle.

Build a Snow Fort or Igloo

There’s no cheaper way to build a playhouse than with snow. Invest in some warm mittens for your kids, and send them outside with some buckets. They may get inspired and create an entire home, with snow-furniture and decorations. You may even provide them with a spray-bottle with water and food-coloring so they can ‘paint’ their igloo. Serve them hot cocoa with yummy marshmallows in their new home.

Snowball Fight

Older kids love a good snowball fight. If you have a fluffy snowy day, jump into the fray with your kids and show them how a good snowball fight is done.

So, the next time you see the kids getting restless, bundle them up in cozy clothes, send them out into the snow, and start some hot cocoa brewing. Grab the camera and enjoy the day.

Nicole Dean welcomes you to http://www.ShowKidstheFun.com — a free website filled with activities to make memories with your children and http://www.ShowMomtheMoney.com — a fun and informative resource for moms who want to make money and save money.

Pinecone Birdfeeder

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Cold weather often keeps preschoolers inside, looking to you to find them something fun to do. This winter you and your preschool-aged child can feed the winter birds by making pinecone bird feeders.

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You probably already have everything you need for this craft project laying around your house, and your child will have a great time hanging out with you and trying something new.

Supplies Needed:

Pinecones
Yarn or twine
Creamy peanut butter
Bird seed
Knife
Plate

*Note: If you don’t have any pinecones in your yard, try a local park. Some craft stores also carry pinecones.

Place a large spoonful of peanut butter on a plate and give your child a knife to spread the peanut butter all over the pinecone. Repeat for however many pinecone bird feeders your child is going to make.

To avoid getting bird seed all over the place, it’s a good idea to do the next step outside.

Have your child take the peanut butter-covered pinecones outside. Pour some wild bird seed onto a plate and have your child roll the pinecones in the bird seed.

Help your child tie an approximately 24-in. piece of yarn or twine around the top portion of each pinecone.

Sprinkle some more bird seed on the pinecones to make sure they are completely covered.

Pinecone Bird FeederLet your child choose where he or she wants to hang the completed pinecone bird feeders and then tie the bird feeders in place.

Sit indoors with your child and watch for visiting birds!

This craft project is a big hit with preschoolers. My boys ate as much peanut butter as they put on their pinecones! Make sure to take pictures.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For resources for the Christian family, including parenting, toddler and preschool activities, homeschooling, family traditions, and more, visit http://www.Christian-Parent.com

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