Winter weather is ramping up across the country, and it is time to whip out a few DIY crafts for the holidays! The best part about this season is that it gives you and your family the opportunity to play and create some winter-themed magic together. Who doesn’t want that?
Crafting activities can be a hit or miss with children, particularly with the older ones. But there is something about creating DIY crafts around the holidays that peaks any child interest - especially if they are making a craft as a gift for someone else!
The great thing about crafting is that your kids are also learning and developing important skills in the process. There is something wonderfully cozy about getting crafty with the kids and encouraging their creativity, even if it’s not that cold outside. It is an incredible opportunity to bond, connect and witness a whole new side to your child you may not have known was there!
There are tons of easy-to-do winter crafts to get them in the spirit of creating and giving. We’ve put together a couple of our favorite DIY winter crafts for you to enjoy:
Christmas Crafts for Kids: Yarn Wrapped Ornaments
Yarn wrapped ornaments are one of the best winter craft activities for toddlers and up. This craft is not just cute, but it is a great bilateral coordination activity to help improve their fine motor skills. Bilateral coordination is using both sides of the body together in a coordinated way. Having your kids create a yarn wrapped ornaments encourages them to use one hand as a stabilizer and the other hand to do the work.
Kids need bilateral coordination for all kinds of daily living and school-related tasks, including tying shoes and cutting with scissors. So this a great craft to teach them an important skill!
What You Need:
- Cardstock or cardboard
- Colorful yarn
- A star-shaped cookie cutter or other holiday shapes to trace
What to Do:
1. Trace your star shape onto the cardstock and cut it out (or for kids who are getting good with cutting with scissors, have them cut out the star themselves).
Tape the end of your yarn into a loop about an inch from one of the tips of your star.
2. Then, set your child loose, wrapping the yarn around the shapes like crazy! They can cover the whole shape, or leave some of the cardstock showing underneath. Either way, the final product is a really cute yarn ornament!
Shredded Paper Winter Snowman
Even if it doesn’t snow where you live, you can still bring on the winter blizzards with shredded paper! Making shredded paper snowmen is another great craft to help with motor skills, plus is teaches kids precision as well. This is also a great way to recycle old paper and put it to good use!
You can simply shred the paper yourself in a paper shredder, or you and your kids (if they are old enough) can use scissors to create your “snow” by hand. Now, keep in mind this craft can get a bit messy, so factor in some time for clean up with this craft. In the end, you will have a blast creating fun and festive winter snowmen!
What you need:
- Shredded paper
- 1 sheet of colored paper
- School glue or tacky glue
- Paintbrush - optional
- Poogly eyes, pom poms
- Colored paper scraps
What to Do:
1. With your pencil, draw three large circles on your paper, right in a line like a snowman.
2. Add glue to each of the three circles, one circle at a time so the glue doesn't dry out. Use a paintbrush to help get it evenly distributed.
3. Spread shredded paper onto your glued circles. Press the paper shreds down, make sure they are in place and then shake off any extra paper that didn't stick into the box. Continue this with all three of your circles.
4. Glue on your googly eyes, black pom poms for buttons, and cut and glue any paper embellishments you'd like to add. You can add a hat, arms, mouth, and nose. Now you've got adorable, fuzzy snowman to put on display!
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