When you’re stuck inside during cold weather, there are tons of fun activities and crafts to do with kids. Here are a few fun ones that kids of all ages can participate in. They will be proud of what they can create themselves!

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Bubble Wrap Snow Trees

Bubble wrap tree craft

What you’ll need:

  • Colorful construction paper (sky blue works great!)
  • Bubble wrap (with the smaller bubbles)
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black paint or marker

How to do it:

  1. Draw a tree in the middle of the construction paper with the black paint or marker. It can be big or small, have lots of branches or only a few, whatever feels right for you! There should be a thick line down the middle with thinner lines branching out from the top of the tree for branches.
  2. Take one side of the bubble wrap and paint the tops of the bubbles white. Use lots of paint to ensure that it transfers.
  3. Press the painted side of the bubble wrap everywhere across the paper, making white snow specks along the tree branches, trunk and on the ground below.
  4. Let dry and hang in any window

*If you don’t have bubble wrap, you can also do this using your fingers to dot on the white paint instead.

Santa Face

Santa Face craftWhat you’ll need:

  • Paper plate
  • Red and black construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue (white or clear work best)

How to do it:

  1. Cut a large-sized triangle with the red construction paper. This will be Santa’s hat!
  2. Cut out two small circles and one smaller circle out of the black construction paper for Santa’s eyes and nose
  3. Put glue on the bottom part of the triangle and place it on top of the paper plate so that half of it hangs off of the plate
  4. Glue the two bigger circles onto the plate for eyes and the smaller circle in the middle for a nose.
  5. Squeeze glue all across the bottom, uncovered half of the paper plate and place cotton balls all across the glue, making a fluffy beard for Santa! You can use as many cotton balls as you can fit!
  6. Let dry and hang in a window, on the wall, or on a tree as an ornament!
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Heart Mittens

Cold hands warm heart mittens craftWhat you’ll need:

  • Red construction paper
  • Construction paper color of your choice (anything but white)
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • White paint
  • Black marker

How to do it:

  1. Cut a big heart out of the red construction paper
  2. Cut mitten shapes out of the other color construction paper
  3. Glue the mittens to the top of the heart, one on each side, or anywhere in the heart that you’d like
  4. Paint or dip the palms of the child’s hands (one at a time!) in the white paint generously
  5. Place the painted hands inside of the mittens to make a handprint
  6. Glue a row or two of cotton balls along the end of the mittens, being careful not to cover the handprint
  7. (Optional) Write the child’s name or a lovely note inside the middle of the heart
  8. Let dry and hang up

Coffee Filter Snowman

Coffee filter snowman craftWhat you’ll need:

  • Coffee filter
  • Orange and black construction paper
  • Light blue construction paper
  • Black crayon or marker
  • Glue

How to do it:

  1. Cut out 5-7 small circles from the black construction paper
  2. Cut out a large square from the black construction paper
  3. Cut out a medium sized cone shape from the orange construction paper
  4. Glue the coffee filter onto the middle of the light blue construction paper
  5. Glue the square to the paper so that half of the square is on the blue construction paper and half is on the coffee filter.
  6. Glue the orange cone to the middle of the coffee filter
  7. Glue the 5-7 small circles underneath the orange cone for the snowman’s mouth
  8. Decorate around the coffee filter as desired!
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Simple Snow Globe

Snow globe craftWhat you’ll need:

  • Light blue, dark blue and green construction paper
  • Glue
  • (Optional) small jewels, stickers or glitter

How to do it

  1. Cut out a big circle from the light blue construction paper
  2. Cut out a square or trapezoid from the dark blue construction paper
  3. (Optional) Cut out a tree shape from the green construction paper
  4. Glue the circle to the top of the trapezoid or square
  5. Decorate the inside of your snowglobe with the optional tree, small jewels, stickers, glitter or make small dots of white paint inside for snow!

Any of these crafts can be jazzed up or dressed down, for larger classrooms or larger numbers of kids you can have the pieces already cut out ahead of time. Have fun with it! Kids will enjoy creating something to decorate the house with and parents love to see how proud kids are of something they create. Be sure to write the child’s name and the year on the front or the back to complete the memory.

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