15 Snow Crafts and Activities for Cold, Snowy Days

Winter days can be long, bone-chilling days with hours that seem to melt away slower than molasses. Little noses press up against the window unable to understand why they can’t go out and play in that white wonderland. So instead why not bring the snow inside to them! I’ve gathered together some fun snow activities and crafts that we have been doing together so that we can enjoy the snow in the warmth of our home.

Snow Table

That amazing water table that I talk about so often is perfect for an indoor snow table. Put down a plastic tablecloth or a few towels and fill your table up with a few shovels of snow. I also pulled out my cup of kid’s tools that I always keep on hand. They were able to shovel and scoop snow for hours! I would advise them having gloves on because their fingers will get cold.

TIP: We keep a shovel right on the deck to easily scoop up the snow any time we need some of our activities!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Every kid wants to build a snowman and I can’t blame them for not understanding why the snow isn’t right or ready. When you bring the snow inside it starts to warm and becomes the perfect consistency for packing. Gather carrots, googly eyes, beads, and anything else that can be used to decorate a snowman.

*BONUS: Try throwing in your Mr. Potatoe Head pieces!

Snow Painting

A cookie sheet, snow, and watercolor paints are all you need for hours of fun! We put towels down and painted and mixed colors together all afternoon. Then we set the trays out and watched what happened as it melted.

Tissue Paper Snow Color Transfer

Cut or tear up smaller pieces of different colored tissue paper. Place a piece of white cardstock on a tray. Have the child arrange the tissue paper on the piece of cardstock. Give them a large bowl of snow and have them cover all of the tissue paper with the snow. Allow the snow to melt. Remove the tissue paper to reveal the colors that have bled through and stained the cardstock. Allow it to dry completely and hang it to admire the beautiful artwork.

You can also do something similar to this with do-a-dots!

Glitter Snowflakes

Cut a square of white paper. Fold it in half from corner to corner to make a triangle. Fold the larger triangle in half again to make a smaller triangle. Imagine the small triangle into thirds. Fold the right third over and then fold the left third over. Cut out off the top of the paper at an angle of in a triangle. Then cut out at different spots on the edges of the paper. Unfold to reveal a beautiful snowflake. Use glitter glue to decorate the snowflake.

Salt Painting Snowflakes

Draw a bunch of simple verticle lines to create a snowflake. Trace over the lines with glue. Sprinkle salt all over the glue. Tap off the excess. Dip a small/medium sized paintbrush into water and then the watercolor. Just touch the snowflake salt and allow the color to seep in and spread.

Fluffy Snow Paint

Snow paint is so fun and easy to make. Stick the bottle of glue into the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Mix equal parts of chilled glue and shaving cream together in a bowl. Add glitter and mix well. That is all that you need to do to have a unique substance to paint with!

Ice Cube Painting

Popsicle sticks and ice cube trays filled with water and food coloring make a unique way to paint. Freeze the colored water in the trays with the popsicle stick stuck in the water. Once it is frozen take the cube out and paint with it.  Please be careful with this craft because food dye does stain.

Make Your Own Snow

Just two ingredients are needed to make your own snow…baking soda and shaving cream. Mix them together to make a consistency that you like. Then have fun playing and creating in your “snow”. After you are done, you know what is my favorite thing to do with baking soda? Add some vinegar of course! This fizzy fun will surely extend the play!

Pretzel Marshmallow Snowflakes

Need a snack to go with your snow theme? How about a big marshmallow with pretzel sticks stuck into it and little mini marshmallows stuck at the end of each stick.

Mix it up and use toothpicks and marshmallows to create unique snowflakes!

Frozen Water Beads

We LOVE water beads! They are something that we use a lot and one bag lasts FOREVER! They start out tiny and expand as they sit in water. Florist use these beads for plants but there are so many great ways to use them with kids! This week we stuck the water beads in the freezer for about an hour. Place the frozen beads into a large plastic tub and let the exploration begin. Roll, scoop, dump and smash with little hammers. As an extension, use a squeeze bottle to squirt warm water on them when you are finished exploring.

Q-tip Snowflakes

Q-tips are a fun and easy way to make your own little snowflakes. The 18-month-old was so proud that she was able to participate in this craft as well. We bent the Q-tip in half a few times causing them to break. Then we squeezed outlines of glue in the shape of a snowflake. In our case, we had leftover gold glitter glue from our other snowflakes above. Then just stick the Q-tips onto the glue.

Paper Snowflake Fight

Grab a big stack of white printer paper and set it in the middle of a large empty area. On the count of three everyone runs to the middle and crinkles the paper up into a ball. Teams can either start stacking the balls or immediately start throwing at each other.

*BONUS: Draw letters or math problems on each one. In order for them to be able to throw it at you, they must say the letter or solve the problem. We did ours with letters and I had my oldest give me the sound of the letter while the younger two just had to name the letter.

Ice Skating Rink

 

Fill a cookie sheet that has edges with water. Place it outside for a few hours to freeze the water. Bring it in and set out your child’s little figures or cars or anything that they want to use to ice skate.

What do you like to do to keep everyone busy on these super cold, snowy days?

For more great tips on surviving bad weather with kids check out Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. She has some amazing tips and ideas!

10 Halloween Crafts Inspired By Halloween Books

‘Tis the season for Halloween crafts to get kids excited! I love holidays and to extend the fun we always do crafts and activities throughout the month. The kids learn so much from them. I’m all about learning through play! It also gets them in the holiday spirit!

Five Little Pumpkins:

Five Little Pumpkins Halloween activity

After reading Five Little Pumpkins , we made this cute little Halloween craft! And then, of course, we listened to it again on YouTube as we created our project!

Also, check out our fun pumpkin experiment to go with the book.

Materials:
  • 9 Small Popsicle Sticks
  • Blue and Green Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Pumpkin and Ghost Stickers (I got mine from Target Halloween department.)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Give each child a blue sheet of construction paper. Draw a curved, hilly line on green construction paper and have your little one practice their scissor skills cutting on the line. (Trust me, their Kindergarten teacher will love you for this practice!) Glue down the hill on the bottom of the blue construction paper. Glue down three popsicle sticks vertically on the grass. Then glue or use your hot glue gun and have the children press them down horizontally to form the fence. Children should count out five pumpkins stickers and one ghost. Have them attach five pumpkin stickers to the fence and add one owl to the sky. After that, they can color in a moon or draw in a house like the illustrations in the book.

 

Monster Mask:

Halloween activity monster mas

Materials:
  • Paper Plate
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Cotton Balls
  • Google Eyes
  • Glue

Color only the edges of the paper plate with a marker. Don’t worry about being particular. Poke a hole in the center of the plate and cut out along the center circle of the plate. Use the center to cut out oblong semi-circle teeth and two horns. Color the horns and glue them to the top of the plate. Glue the teeth on the top and bottom of the inside of the circle. Stick cotton balls all around the circle using dobs of glue. Then glue google eyes of different sizes to the cotton balls. Once it dries it can be a work of art or a mask!

Read “Goodnight Goon” a parody based off of “Goodnight Moon”. You will be rolling with laughter as you read about one little goon who isn’t ready for bed.

 

 

Dem Bones Skeleton:

skeleton Halloween activity

Dem Bones Halloween Activity

Another simple but fun craft that has a great book, song, and video to go with it!

Materials:
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Q-tips
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Create a skeleton using Q-tips. If you need smaller sections for feet or hands just cut the Q-tips into smaller sections. Arrange the skeleton first to make it the way you want and then glue each Q-tip to the black construction paper. Add a skull either by a sticker, printed out skull, or draw one with white chalk or crayon. Read the book “Dem Bones” and then watch the song on YouTube.

Chalk Skeleton:

chalk Halloween craft

Materials:
  • Black Construction Paper
  • White Chalk
  • Q-tips
  • Glue

We traced each other’s hands on black construction paper using white chalk. Then we colored in the hands with the chalk. Glue Q-tips down for bones. For older children, you could also label the different bones with their names.

I enjoy reading Steve Jenkins nonfiction book titled “Bones” to go with this craft. It compares human bones to bones of different animals. Many of the pictures are shown in actual size! Check it out and create your favorite one!

Ghost Footprints-Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet:

footprint ghost Halloween activity

Materials:

This cute craft not only is fun but it also preserves those little footprints that grow WAY TOO FAST! Paint the bottom of the child’s foot. I usually just have them step into the paint on a paper plate and then rub it around all the toes and everywhere with my finger. Then I have the black paper ready on the floor and have them step down on the paper. Once the paint dries, draw a mouth and eyes with the black marker. Add the cute little saying and it’s the perfect Halloween card.

The cute book “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet” is a great story with a lot of wonderful lessons to discuss with your children. Gilbert accidentally switches costumes with his sister and has to be a ballerina at school. We enjoyed talking about making the best out of a situation and being confident with whatever you want to be!

Spooky Forest:

spooky forest Halloween activity

Materials:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Sticks
  • Googly Eyes
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

First, we went on a nature hunt for sticks and twigs. We broke them so that they were about the same size as the paper. Then the adult can hot glue the bottom of the twigs and the children can push them down on the black construction paper. With Elmer’s glue, the children can glue googly eyes between the sticks.

Enjoy the story “Where’s My Mummy” to go with this craft.

Room On the Broom:

Halloween activity

Materials:
  • Jumbo Popsicle Stick
  • Brown Ribbon
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Trace each other’s hands on a piece of brown construction paper. If the child is capable have them cut out the hands. Glue them to the jumbo popsicle stick so the fingers point down. Tie a bow with the ribbon and glue that to the top of the hands. (Use the picture as a reference for placement.)

Read aloud the book “Room on the Broom“. We even found little puppets or figures that fit the story to act it out. We love to interact with stories, find out more here.

It is also showing right now on Netflix.

 Tape Mummy:

mummy Halloween activity

Material:
  • Masking Tape
  • Black Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes

Cut out a person shape in the black paper. Tear a bunch of small pieces of masking tape and have the children stick them to the person. Then have them glue googly eyes on for the eyes. Then enjoy the funny book “Skeleton Meets the Mummy“.

 

Marshmallow Mummy:

marshmallow mummy Halloween craft

Materials:
  • Orange Construction Paper
  • Black Marker
  • Glue
  • Small Marshmallows
  • Large Googly Eyes

Draw a large oval on an orange piece of construction paper. Draw in the lines of the mummy’s wrapping. Glue a line of small marshmallows in each section. Add googly eyes and you let it dry.

There Was An Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider” is another book with a cute spin on the original “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly“.

TP Ghosts:

Materials:
  • Paper Plate
  • Toilet Paper
  • Black Marker
  • Tape

Tear six pieces of toilet paper about arm’s length long. Tape them around the edge of the front of the paper plate. Draw a ghost face and you have fun, easy dancing ghosts!

Inspired by one of our absolute favorite books “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt“, we enjoy “We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt” this time of year! Kid’s enjoy chiming in on the predictable pattern as they listen to the adventures of four kids going out to find ghosts.

 

What is your favorite Halloween book? Do you have a fun project to go with it? Share below! We would love to hear from you!

8 STEM Halloween Science Experiments

Halloween is the perfect time to get everyone interested in SCIENCE! Check out these fun and engaging STEM Halloween science experiments that are sure to have everyone screaming with excitement!

SLIME:

Everyone seems to be in love with slime projects right now. This gooey, gross sensory experience is enjoyable for all ages. Slime will entertain my girls for an hour while I make dinner. That is a win for me!

We made a fun, glitter glue slime that is fairly mess-free and a great consistency. Directions are on the Unicorn and Rainbow birthday blog. That same week we were at one of our favorite hang-outs, the Children’s Museum, and the activity was making slime!

The greatest part about making different types of slime is that you can take them out and compare and contrast them. I make a T chart where we write things that are the same and things that are different between the two types. This gets kids observing like scientists by using their senses.

This great blog from Little Hands, Little Minds has a whole bunch of great slime recipes to use!

Suspended Silverware

Materials:

  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Glass cup
  • Toothpick
  • Lighter

This is an old bar trick, with a lot of physics involved and a spooky levitation-like charm. Interlock the tines of a metal fork with a spoon. Insert a toothpick in between one of the tines. Carefully balance the fork and spoon on a glass (it is easier than it looks). Then for an added effect light the end of the toothpick on fire and watch the fire creep toward the glass. The flame will extinguish itself at the edge of the glass. Knock off the ash and observe. Hypothesize why this works, discuss the concept of balance and all the elements needed for a fire to exist. For your more advanced scientists, discuss the concept of center of gravity.

Frankenstein Hair

Materials:

 

This chemical change is one that will”wow” the kids! Order Poly A and Poly B from Loose in the Lab. Mix 1/2 ounce of each in a plastic cup using a popsicle stick to stir. The two chemicals will react and rise to form hot, foam that quickly hardens. Kids will be able to feel the heat of the cup and after it cools they can touch the large foam Frankenstein hair.

 

Bubbling Magic Potions

Materials:

Halloween science wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include dry ice experiments! Many grocery stores and department stores like Walmart carry dry ice. I would call ahead to make sure. You want to pick up the dry ice as close to when you will use it as possible. Store it in the freezer until it is time for the Halloween science experiments. Warm a large pot of water on the stove. Place the hot water in each vase or container and then add a few drops of food coloring. Then drop in a little piece of dry ice and watch it bubble. The fog will roll off the container creating a spooky Halloween look!

Screaming Pennies

Materials:

Put a small piece of the dry ice on top of a Styrofoam cup. Place the edge of a penny on the ice and listen to it scream and howl. The kids can touch the penny and observe how cold it gets just by putting it on the dry ice for a few seconds.

**Don’t hold the penny on the dry ice for too long or it will freeze to your finger.

Disappearing Ghosts

Materials:

I modeled how to draw a ghost on the packing peanut with the black marker and then the children each drew their own ghost face. Then they dropped their ghost into a glass cup filled with about an inch of nail polish remover with acetone. Immediately, the water turn bluish from the ink of the marker and the packing peanut started to dissolve. After we had stuffed a whole bunch of ghosts into the cup and watched them all dissolved, we wanted to find out what would happen if we lifted up the residue. We made our predictions and then picked it up with the fork.

Ghost Droppings

Materials:

  • Baby Diaper
  • Scissors
  • Large Zip-Lock Bag
  • Plastic Cup
  • Water
  • Plate

Cut the diaper up into sections and place it in a large zip-lock bag. Zip it up and have the children shake the bag. Then remove the large diaper pieces. You should be left with a white powder. Have the children tell you what they think it looks like. Talk about the job of a diaper. What is it’s purpose? Pour the powder into a small plastic cup filled halfway with water. Swish it around slowly for a little while. Tip it on its side and notice that it has formed a gel. Dump it onto a plate and allow the children to touch it and observe the different qualities they notice.

 

Magic Pumpkin

Materials:

  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Plate
  • Cup of Warm Water

Arrange four brown Reese’s Pieces at the top of the plate and then create a circle of orange Reese’s Pieces. Pour a small amount of warm water into the middle of the circle. Then let the magic happen. Talk with the children about what they are noticing. After the center is completely orange, flip over one of the Reese’s Pieces and look at how the shell has dissolved.

Glowing Bubbly Brew

Materials:

 

These glowing drinks are sure to be a hit with all the little scientists! Turn off all the lights and make the area as dark as possible. Fill the cup 1/4 full with ice. Pour tonic into each cup just over the ice. Top off the rest of the drink with Sprite and toss in a Halloween eyeball. Enjoy!

 

These spooky STEM Halloween science experiments will definitely leave your kids yelling for more…SCIENCE!

In fact, at our party, anytime someone said, “science” we all responded by throwing our hands up and shouting back, “SCIENCE!”.

Safety Reminder:

As with anything, be sure to follow all safety regulations. Wash hands after working with chemicals and never allow kids to handle dry ice directly, as it will harm the skin if exposed to for a long period of time.

 

10 Father’s Day Crafts for Kids

Father’s Day is just around the corner! That means it is time to start thinking about things that the kids can do to make Dad feel special. Below are 10 super quick and easy things that your little ones can do with your assistance for Dad on Father’s Day.

  1. Hands Down the Best Dad:

    I think the title gives you a clue as to what you need to do. Paint their hands and have them leave handprints on a piece of card stock. Then write the catch phrase or have them write it! Father’s Day is the perfect time to let Dad know he is “Hands Down the Best!”

Two handprints with the saying "Hands Down Best Dad Ever!"

  1. You’re My Superhero:

    While you have that paint out, you can also whip up these cute little superhero prints! Using a sponge and light blue paint, have your child stamp out a sky pattern all over a piece of white card stock. Allow the sky to dry. Then paint their foot and stamp that down on the piece of card stock for the body of the superhero. Use their handprint as the cape. Cut out a circle for the head and a small circle for the hand. Have your child glue those pieces on and draw in the face/hair. There you have it, a Father’s Day superhero portrait!

Footprint body and handprint cape to create a flying superhero with the catch phrase "You are my superhero!"

  1. Following In My Daddy’s Footsteps:

    You may be noticing a pattern; I really like handprints and footprints. Father’s Day is such an important time to let Dad know that the little ones really do look up to him. This is another adorable and easy project to complete for Dad. Stamp his shoe in black paint or have your kids paint the bottom of it with a paintbrush. Then print it on a piece of card stock. After it dries, paint your child’s foot and lay that down on top of Dad’s shoe print. Add the phrase “Following in my Daddy’s Footsteps!” and you are all set!

Shoe print with a child's footprint inside with the saying "Following in my Daddy's Footsteps!"

  1. Self-Portrait:

    Nothing is cuter than seeing what you look like in the eyes of your child, right?! Draw the outline of a head, neck, and shoulders on a piece of white paper. Let your kids create the Father’s Day masterpiece from there!

Child's portrait of what they think their Dad looks like.

  1. Crayon Resistance Painting:

    This is by far my go to project for cards and thank you notes! It is super simple and the kids have fun creating it. That a double win in my book! On a white piece of card stock write out the message you want to appear with a white crayon. Set out the water colors (I’ve linked our favorite water colors) and a cup of water and let the kids create the masterpiece. Make sure that they paint all of the paper so that the message comes out clear! No matter how many times you do this type of project, it never fails that they will get super excited when the message starts to appear!

Water color paint with many colors with the words "Daddy we love you!" showing through in white.

  1. Dad Survey:

    Mother’s Day is during the school year and most of you know that the kids come home with this cute little survey all about you! It’s hilarious to read and melts your heart all in one. But Father’s Day is not during the school year, therefore, most Dad’s do not get the joy of these cute little surveys. So why not do it for them! It’s super easy to type up a page for them to either fill in or answer as you record. Insert their funny antics on the line and sit back and enjoy Dad’s expression as he reads it on Father’s Day.

A filled in "All about Daddy" survey done by a four year old.

  1. Side Walk Chalk Pictures:

    As you might have guessed, we love photographs over here. This is one of my favorite projects for us to do. If you check out my Instagram you will see a few others that we have created for other events! Draw a fun background with a little message to Dad wishing him a Happy Father’s Day. Have the kids lay down on it and get above them to take a cute picture. The large pack of Crayola Sidewalk Chalk is a must for any chalk drawing this summer!

(DON’T DO THIS IN YOUR OWN DRIVEWAY UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO WASH AWAY THE EVIDENCE!)

A Moon with kids around it and the saying "We love you to the Moon and back" as a Father's Day picture present!
Okay, so getting all the kids to look at you and have it not be too bright is definitely a challenge when you need to do it during that day because Daddy is home at night! That’s why the next idea may work a little easier, unless you have bigger kids than mine!!
  1. Shadow Picture:

    Write out your message in block letters. Cut out the letters and have your child hold the sign up on a sunny day! Easy right!? And best of all you don’t even have to worry if all the kids are actually looking at the camera!

Shadow of three kids holding a sign that says We (Heart) Daddy!

  1. Photo Gifts:

    I love Shutterfly! We are always working on books, mugs, or printing prints from there. A coffee mug is always a fun way to show Dad every day how much he means to you! Sit down with your children and have them pick the pictures that they think Dad will like the best. Fill it with his favorite treat or a fun pair of socks and you are golden! Or create a special Daddy and Me book as a keepsake. Add special pictures of the kids and Dad! Browse their website for a bunch of unique Father’s Day gift ideas! Put those cute photographs that you had the kids try out from the last two ideas to use on some amazing products on Shutterfly!

Two picture coffee mugs and a photo book about Daddy.

  1. Dad You Rock:

    Father’s Day is the perfect time to tell Dad how much he “Rocks”. Grab a rock and have your child paint it! Once it dries write on it with a sharpie marker!

A hand holding a painted rock that says "You Rock Daddy!"

There you have it, 10 easy projects that you can do with your child for Father’s Day!

Do you have a special project that you like to do for Father’s Day? Feel free to share it below!

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