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!

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.

 

Ready, set, RIO! Olympic Totschool Party!

The Olympics are here and in our house that means it’s time to celebrate!

Since it was a beautiful day outside one of the first things we did was take our learning outside for some chalk drawing fun! We discussed some of the fun sports and symbols that you may see at the OlympicsIMG_6815!

Olympic symbols:

-flags of different countries

-Olympic torch

-Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals for the top three finishers of each sport

-5 rings (Olympic rings) to represent the 5 world continents: Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, and Australia/Oceania. Rings are composed of the five (six including the white background) colors that were shown on the flags of the countries competing in 1912.

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Of course all the chalk work made us pretty hungry so, we decided it was time for our first Olympic themed snack of the day!

The Torch:

Ice cream cones filled with Cheetos! The kids had a blast making this snack on their own. Be prepared for orange fingers and faces!

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Next up was the color sorting activity. I decided to break out the tongs to help with the fine motor skills. Both my three year old and almost two year old were able to do this activity however, the tongs were a little challenging for the younger one. These cute little cups are actually paint cups from the dollar store. We used puff balls of coordinating colors for them to sort into the correct container.

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We celebrated our color sorting activity with a festive Olympic themed drink. We even decided we needed to pull out the “FANCY” glasses!

All you need is life savor gummies and 7-up or sprite!

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CHEERS!!

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Next up was the marshmallow toss. The girls helped me created
the Olympic rings using color coordinating pipe cleaners. We then put a piece of tape on the floor so they new how far away from the rings they needed to stand. The goal was to try to throw the marshmallows into the rings. Disclaimer: Many marshmallows were consumed in the playing of this game!

 

I figured by now we needed to off-set all the sugar with a few healthier Olympic dinner options. Okay so pizza might not be much healthier but, the Olympics don’t happen that often right?! The girls helped me create homemade pizza. They love to cook with me. It’s a great way to keep them engaged and out of trouble while I make dinner. They do all my mixing and pouring. Homemade pizza is a great hands-on food for them to help with. They are able to help spread the dough and sprinkle the cheese. Lastly, their job was to help me create the Olympic rings out of pizza toppings.

Our toppings included:IMG_6828

-pepperoni for the red

-green pepper for the green

– pineapple for the yellow

-black olives for the black

And we added another ring of pepperoni since we didn’t have a blue pizza topping that we were big fans of. I have seen some people use Blu cheese.

While the pizza was in the oven we cut up and put the fruit in the coordinating bowls.

-strawberries for the redIMG_6794

-Oreo (okay so not a healthy fruit but…oh well!) for the black

-blueberries for the blue

-pineapple for the yellow

-green grapes for the green

 

And for dessert…

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Sorry this isn’t the best image!

We had a blue jello swimming pool with licorice rope dividers and teddy graham swimmers (technically we had Elsa, Ana, and Olaf swimming in our pool! But hey, you use what you have and make it work!)

And, strawberry cupcakes with frosting and the girls were able to add the Fruit Loop Olympic rings! Yum-yum!

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Dinner was served and extra cupcakes delivered to neighbors just in time for us to cuddle up and watch the opening ceremony! Of course the ceremony got to be a bit long for the attention spans of a three year old and two year old so we created our own Olympic torches!

How to make an Olympic torch:IMG_6836

Materials:

-toilet paper roll

-tinfoil

-red, orange, yellow, and pink tissue paper

-tape

The girls rolled their toilet paper rolls in the tinfoil. Then they helped me tear the tissue paper into smaller pieces. They would pick a color and we would put a tape ball on the end and stick it to the top of our tinfoil roll.

Since the Olympics will be going on for a while we are hoping to do a few more crafts later in the week. Look for them on instagram @teacher_at_heart_sahm! And of course don’t forget to enjoy a little break while your children watch the movie Rio!

What are some fun things that you will be doing to introduce the Olympics to your little ones?

-Ashley