These simple preschool winter crafts are the perfect addition to your daily daycare activity schedule, allowing toddlers to be creative and explore concepts related to winter. We’ve compiled this list of easy to create winter crafts that require a short list of supplies, and a lot of creativity!
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
This is a classic preschool winter craft that requires just a few different materials and only a couple of steps. Arrange 4 popsicle sticks on top of each other, alternating angles to create a snowflake or star pattern. Hot glue the sticks in the center to secure them. (You’ll want to prep these beforehand for the little ones!) Next, provide preschoolers with a range of decorations, such as glitter, snowflake confetti, cotton balls, or any other winter-themed items to stick to their snowflake with craft glue. If desired, add a string for hanging up in the window!
Snowman in a Bag
All this craft requires is a Ziploc bag, shaving cream, and a few scraps of black and orange foam sheets! Using black construction paper, cut two quarter-sized eyes and five smaller circles to create the snowman’s mouth. Glue these shapes to the outside of your plastic bag. Cut a large orange foam triangle and place it inside the bag, along with a generous squirt of shaving cream. Add glitter if desired, then seal up the bag (fold the top over and tap for added security)! Preschoolers will love squishing the snowman’s face and moving around its nose inside.
Simple Bird Feeder
What better way to attract some cold-weather wildlife than with a bird feeder? This fun winter craft for preschoolers can be tied into your curriculum to further explore the season. Each child should coat an empty toilet paper tube with peanut butter or another school safe nut butter, then roll it in birdseed until the tube is covered. Thread a length of ribbon or yarn through the center of the tube, and tie the ends. You and your preschoolers are ready to head outdoors, hang your bird feeders and wait for the birds to arrive!
You and your classroom can make pretty ornaments to hang outdoors using just a few simple items you can gather from around your preschool. Using a variety of different-sized containers, string, water, and a few odds and ends, you’ll create ice ornaments that glitter in the sun. Fill the dishes with water, submerging the end of a length of string for hanging later. Place decorations like small twigs, berries, glitter, or anything else you can think of into the water. Take the containers outdoors, wait for them to freeze, and when ready, remove the ice ornaments from the containers and hang in a tree!
Have preschoolers paint a winter landscape scene, complete with snowflakes and a thick blanket of snow on the ground. When their creations are dry, let children dip their hand in brown paint and place their handprint directly in the middle of the scene to form the tree’s branches. Add more brown paint to extend the trunk to the ground, and have the child add a little more white paint on their newly formed tree to capture the look of freshly fallen snow!
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