It can be a challenge to keep your children entertained during the winter months, especially during school vacations. Doing fun craft projects together as a family is the ideal way to keep your kids busy and bond on chilly winter days. To help get your creative juices flowing, here are three easy and fun winter craft projects your kids will love:
- 24-inch piece of grosgrain ribbon
- Toilet paper roll
- Bird seed
- Peanut butter
Cover the toilet paper roll with peanut butter. Pour bird seed in a dessert pan, then roll the toilet paper roll in the bird seed until it’s completely covered. Thread your piece of grosgrain ribbon through the roll, and tie the ends together.
Your family can hang this bird feeder from a branch on a tree in your yard. It’s a wonderful and easy way to teach your kids how to feed the birds in the winter.
- One knit glove
- White glue
- Two button
- Needle and thread
- Small piece of ribbon
From the glove opening to the tip of each finger, stuff the knit glove. You can use a pencil to help push the stuffing up each finger. Sew the glove opening closed. Supervision will be needed for younger kids. When you’re finished sewing the glove closed, turn it upside down with the fingers pointing towards the ground. Glue the button eyes evenly spaced apart on the front of the toy, then glue the ribbon smile below it. Trim the ends.
Your kids can decorate their bed with their homemade toy, or they could also make two glove toys and give one to a friend.
Winter Tree Art
- 12-inch piece of heavy poster board
- White glue
- Permanent marker
- A pile of broken twigs about 2-inches in length
- Small ribbon bow with tails
Make a tree in the center of your poster board with the twigs. Once you’re satisfied with how your tree looks, glue the twigs in place. Let dry. Your kids could use a hot glue gun instead of white glue as long as they’re supervised. Have your kids write their name on the tail of the ribbon bow, then have them glue it to the trunk of their stick tree.
Once your kid’s tree art is dry, put it in a pretty wood frame. Proudly display it in the main family living area of your home for all to see.
Making these winter craft projects with the family will bring out your child’s creativity and teach them how to work well as a team. Crafting is also a fun way for your child to build self-confidence and learn new skills as well!
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This guest post contribution is courtesy of The Ribbon Retreat, a crafting supply company located in Idaho that specializes in in many types of ribbon as well as foldover elastic, skinny elastic and assorted other crafting materials.