Winter weather got you down? Try a few easy crafts and activities to lift your spirits.
Sure, we’ve seen the ones with foam egg cartons shapes, but we thought these little dollar store decorations looked nicer inside.
Snowflake garland or wreath
If your kids love making those little paper snowflakes, gather them up and string them on a ribbon. Use a little hot glue or rubber cement to keep them in place.
Scented Cloud Dough
This light and fluffy dough is crumbly to the touch, but will hold its shape when squeezed. Make your own with 4 cups flour and 1/2 cup of oil (vegetable or baby). To scent it, use your favorite spices, or you can even grate some Mexican chocolate into it. Use a fork to mix. If you add a lot of ground Mexican chocolate, you’ll need to add just a bit more oil, add it 1/8 cup at a time. If you want it colored, add some powdered tempera paint to the flour.
Winter Village-Complete With Creatures
Most dollar stores have little houses and other items this time of year, they are great for creating your own village. You can decorate candy canes with gummies and peppermint candies to make snails, mushrooms and more to populate your village.
White school glue can become a beautiful decoration. Just use wax paper to spread the glue into a snowman shape (fairly thickly), pipe-cleaners and foam or felt cut-outs to dress him up. When the glue is dry, just peel off the paper back.
When the temperatures dip below freezing, try blowing soap-bubbles! They will crystallize, allowing your kids to observe the formation of ice crystals.
A couple of years ago (Winter 2016), we included instructions for this bowling set made from empty water bottles. You can have fun making your own!
Learning Tangent is Gail’s brainchild. When it all goes down, she has to get the magazine out the door and on its way to subscribers. She has four kids, of whom she and her husband David homeschool two. She enjoys a wide range of activities including weaving, photography, writing, is a musician (both a teacher & performer), calligrapher, and is an avid sci-fi- & fantasy reader. You’ll generally find her busy doing whatever it is she wants to on a given day.