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Winter is coming and so is the colder weather! As a child growing up in Maine, I loved playing outdoors in the snow.
But I get it–sometimes you don’t want to go outside with the kids, and maybe you can’t send them out alone.
Or maybe you just need a fun change of pace to spark your creativity and keep everyone from going a little stir-crazy.
My son loves making words with alphabet blocks or the magnetic letters on the fridge. These free printable read, write, build mats make learning fun and easy by giving your child a template to work from.
They can be a little more independent, and you can be a little more hands off knowing they're developing useful skills!
My son loves, loves, loves cutting and gluing. This activity is pretty much a young child's dream. Just gather up some buttons, q-tips, googly eyes, and other fun crafting supplies. Then cut out the snowman printable and let your kids go to town.
This post also includes question suggestions to engage your child while they're building their snowman.
I love this idea! The next time you get a package packed with starch packing peanuts (the biodegradable kind that dissolve in water, not the styrofoam kind), save them to make melting snowmen with your kids.
This idea is so simple but lots of fun. And you could turn it into a learning activity from more than one angle--talk about why certain things dissolve but others don't, or talk about reducing waste and preserving the planet.
Last snowman craft--I promise! Nicole calls this a "following directions activity that is simple enough for a Kindergartener, but fun enough for fifth graders."
This is a cute activity that gets kids thinking about their families and facts about themselves.
She created it as a class party activity, but it would be just as fun for kids at home. They'll follow the directions for decorating their snowmen, using things like the letters of their own names to name their snowmen and their number of siblings to choose an eye color.
Combine snack time with playtime with this fun activity.
These polar bears are so cute--and kids will love them because they're edible too! (Note: I'd personally suggest using natural food coloring like these since so many kids are sensitive to artificial food dyes.)
This is a fantastic idea. If your kids want to go ice skating, but you're not feeling up to getting everyone bundled up to go outside--or if you live somewhere that doesn't have good ice skating, give this contact paper skating rink a try.
I know I would have had a blast doing this as a kid!
I've only just gotten brave enough to let my 4-year old try painting. Our local kids museum has tables set up with watercolors, and on our last visit, I let him have at it. (The 1-year old also got to paint some--funny how we relax with subsequent kids, isn't it?)
This looks like a super fun way to let your kids paint without having to worry about cleaning up a mess. And, as a bonus, if you do it outdoors, it will get them outside too!
Unfortunately, we live in the South now where it hardly ever snows... but I will definitely be keeping this in mind for future snowstorms.
If you have a group of kids to keep entertained this winter, this snowman variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey is sure to be a winner. Visit the post to get free printable accessories for your snowman!