PAPER PLATE PENGUIN CRAFT FOR KIDS

Valentine’s Day seems to be in full force in the blogosphere, but we picked up a penguin book on our last trip at the library so I wanted to make one last winter animal craft for the year. We have had our heart doilies out so they were a perfect compliment to our Paper Plate Penguin.

Supplies you will need:

  • 1 small paper plate
  • 1 regular-sized paper plate
  • black paint
  • paintbrush
  • black and yellow cardstock paper
  • 6-inch heart doily
  • scissors
  • glue
  • large googly eyes
  • Large Heart Punch
    (optional)
Directions:
1. Paint both of your paper plates black and let them dry completely.
2. While your paper plates are drying, get your other pieces ready. Cut two hearts out of your yellow cardstock paper with your heart punch (or just cut them out) and a triangle beak. Cut another long heart shape out of your black cardstock paper and cut it half.
3. When your paper plates are finished drying, glue your heart doily onto your large paper plate upside down, and then staple your small paper plate onto the top of the large plate.
4. Finish your Penguin by gluing on the googly eyes, beak, feet and flippers.

SPONGE PAINTED REINDEER CRAFT FOR KIDS

t’s amazing what fun things you can create by combining simple shapes together. The Kids Craft Star challenge this month is all about painting with sponges and since we we’ve already been in the mood for reindeer’s, we created this sponge painted reindeer craft that makes a great Christmas kids craft. Not only is painting with sponges fun for kids, but painting with shapes makes for a great toddler and preschool activity. Grab some sponges and lets get ready for some reindeer painting fun! Don’t forget to check out more Christmas sponge painting ideas near the bottom of this post from the kids craft stars!

HOW TO MAKE A SPONGE PAINTED REINDEER CRAFT

Supplies you will need:

  • light blue and white cardstock paper
  • large sponge
  • brown paint
  • white paint
  • small paper plates
  • red glitter glue
  • googly eyes
  • black permanent marker
  • glue

Directions:

1. Start by gathering your supplies and cutting out the shapes you’ll need from your large sponge. You’ll need a triangle for the reindeer face, rectangle for the body, and two skinny rectangles for the legs and tail. We also ended up cutting out a small circle to use for dabbing snow (not pictured).

2. Cut a section off along the bottom of your white cardstock paper for snow and glue it at the bottom of your light blue cardstock paper.

3.  Pour some brown paint onto a small paper plate. Dab your large rectangle sponge into the paint, covering the bottom of it completely and then press it in the middle of your blue cardstock paper. Continue by dabbing in the triangle in the paint and onto your paper for the reindeer head. Next the longer skinny rectangle for the four legs. Finish by using the smallest rectangle for the tail and two ears.

4. At this point we decided to cut a small circle out of our sponge and used white paint to dab it in and then on our paper all over to make snow falling. It’s an optional step but I think it looks great!

5. Once your paint has dried, glue googly eyes onto your reindeer face, draw on antlers with your black marker and finish your reindeer craft by making a bright, shiny Rudolph nose with you red glitter glue.

Here is my five year old daughter’s finished reindeer craft. I love her big, puffy snowflakes and silly googly eyes! And how adorable is it that she cut off the corners of her paper?! She told me it gave it a special touch.

 

 

A Little Pinch of Perfect | Red and Green Poinsettia Sponge Painting

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Easy Peasy and Fun | Sponge Painted Christmas Sock Craft

Pink Stripey Socks | Mini Painted Sponge Christmas Trees

Hello, Wonderful | Sponge Painted Christmas Tree Art

I Hearts Arts n Crafts | Sponge Painted Christmas Wreath Painting

Artsy Craftsy Mom | Sponge Painted Reindeer Wrapping Paper

 

NEWSPAPER BIRCH TREE WINTER ART

A big thank you to Elmer’s for sponsoring today’s winter art project! One of my favorite things about making arts and crafts with my children is how much they treasure the finished project. My daughter recently asked me if she could make some art pieces to display in her bedroom for winter and her request inspired this beautiful newspaper Birch tree winter art project. It’s super simple for children to create and making it on an art canvas makes it a perfect piece to display in your home or children’s bedroom during the winter months.

 

 

Not only is this winter art easy to create, but it makes it so you don’t even have to put on your mittens and jacket to enjoy the beauty of winter. You can look at your pretty art piece on the wall all while getting cozy in a blanket with a cup of warm cocoa. So grab your supplies and get ready to have an afternoon full of fun making this beautiful birch tree winter art project!

 

HOW TO MAKE NEWSPAPER BIRCH TREE WINTER ART

 

Supplies you will need:

  • art canvas (we used 11″ x 14″ but any size will do)
  • Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue
  • Elmer’s X-TREME Scool Glue Stick
  • Elmer’s Squeeze’n’Brush Painters
  • newspaper
  • fake snow
  • shallow baking dish
  • foam brush (optional)
  • scissors

 

Directions:

1. Use your Elmer’s Squeeze’n’Brush Painters to paint a winter sky background onto your art canvas and then let it dry completely. You can leave the bottom portion of the canvas unpainted since we are going to add snow to it. In this example I used the colors blue, light blue, purple and pink, but I encourage you to let your child use their creativity and use whatever colors they would like. The Squeeze’n’Brush Painters are amazing because there is a brush built right onto the paint tube so it makes for mess free painting.

 

 

2. Cut out long column strips from your newspaper for your birch trees. To make sure you get great hold of your newspaper strips onto your canvas, use an Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick to glue them onto your art canvas. We made a few different sizes so they would look like they were at different distances.

 

 

3. Place your art canvas into a shallow baking dish. Add Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue onto the bottom of your art canvas and spread it out with your foam brush. Sprinkle the fake snow onto the canvas covering the glue areas completely and then pat it down with your hand.

 

 

4. Add additional dots of glue onto your canvas and sprinkle fake snow onto them so it looks like it’s snowing. Let the glue dry for a few minutes and then lift your canvas up and let any excess snow fall into the baking dish. Discard all of the extra fake snow into the garbage can or recycling bin.

 

 

I love all of the fun textures going on in the artwork. Not only does the newspaper and fake snow add great texture but the paint crackled in places on the canvas and I just love the added texture that gives to the artwork.

 

 

Once the glue is completely dry on your canvas find a place to display your beautiful artwork it in your home!

POLAR BEAR KIDS CRAFT FINGER PUPPETS

When the weather gets cold and snowy my daughter always gets out some of her favorite books about Polar Bear’s at bedtime. She has a favorite called Polar Babies (affiliate) and reading it always gets us in the mood for a fun Polar Bear craft. These cute Polar Bear Finger Puppets are not only a great winter kids craft but they are perfect combined with a favorite children’s book about Polar Bears. Find some recommendations near the end of this post.

HOW TO MAKE A POLAR BEAR FINGER PUPPET

Supplies you will need:

  • white cardstock paper
  • 2 1/2-inch circle punch (optional)
  • 1/2-inch circle punch
  • googly eyes
  • small black pom pom
  • black marker
  • glue stick
  • scissors

 

Directions:

1. Start by cutting out a 2 1/2-inch circle, a 4-inch circle and two polar bear ears out of your white cardstock paper.

2. Punch two 1/2-inch circles out at the bottom of your larger circle. These will be the little finger holes for your puppet. Glue the 2 1/2-inch circle onto the 4-inch circle to make the polar bear head and body. Then glue the ears onto the back of the head.

3. Finish your polar bear finger puppet by gluing on your googly eyes, small black pom drawing on a mouth with your black marker.

Put two of your fingers into the holes for your polar bear feet and now your cute little guy is all ready for play.

 

ADORABLE BOTTLE CAP PRINTED SNOWMAN CRAFT

We are currently in the middle of our first winter snow storm.  My kids keep looking out the window at the snow falling and are so anxious for daylight to hit in the morning so they can get out their winter hats and boots and go outside to build a snowman. No matter where you live though and no matter what the weather is like, you can always bring the snowman fun indoors. Start saving those recyclable plastic lids and have an afternoon full of fun making this adorable bottle cap printed snowman craft. Make sure to check out more fun snowman craft ideas near the bottom of this post from the kid craft stars!

 

HOW TO MAKE A BOTTLE CAP PRINTED SNOWMAN CRAFT

 

Supplies you will need:

  • dark blue and white cardstock paper
  • white paint
  • bottle caps (we used a milk cap and water bottle cap)
  • toothbrush (optional)
  • variety of washi tape (like THIS or THIS)
  • permanent markers
  • white permanent chalk marker (optional)
  • small paper plate
  • glue stick

Directions:

1. Start by cutting your dark blue cardstock paper in half. This is the size we used, but you could also choose to use the entire sheet. Or, you can fold your cardstock in half and make these into adorable cards.

 

2. Tear a white snow hill off of your white cardstock paper and glue it onto the bottom of your blue cardstock paper.

 

3. Pour some white paint onto your small paper plate. Press your milk cap into your white paint, making sure to cover the bottom of it completely with paint (you may need to press it down into the paint a few times) and then press it onto your white cardstock paper somewhere along your white hill. I printed three in my example.
4. Next, press your bottle cap lid into the white paint and then press it on top of the milk cap prints to make your snowmen.

 

5. We also got out an old toothbrush (I like to keep on my craft supplies for projects like this) and pressed it into the white paint and then flicked paint onto our blue cardstock paper to look like snow was falling. This can get really messy with little ones so I suggest doing it outdoors or inside a sink where you can easily wash away any paint splatter. Let your paint dry completely.

6. Once your snowmen are finished drying, get out your markers and washi tape to decorate your snowmen and give them some personality. Draw on a carrot nose, eyes, mouth and buttons with your markers and then cut out washi tape triangles for winter hats and rectangles for little scarfs. I cut a little triangle out at the end of my scarfs but little ones will obviously not be able to do this. I also added a white ball at the end of the hats with my white chalk marker.

You can clearly see how much fun I had decorating my cute snowmen. From choosing the different patterned sweaters and hats, to giving each snowman a unique personality, it was a blast.

 

 

 

FOAM CUP SNOWY OWL KIDS CRAFT

We love learning about all types of owls, but in the winter time Snowy Owls are our favorite. They are so beautiful and since they live in the arctic they are a perfect animal to learn about in the winter. A few months ago we shared colorful owls made from foam cups and today we are sharing the same concept, but this time we made a snowy owl kids craft. Since no painting is needed, this snowy owl craft is super simple and quick to make so it’s perfect for preschool or for an activity at home. Look for some fun snowy owl book recommendations near the end of this post.

 

HOW TO MAKE A FOAM CUP SNOWY OWL KIDS CRAFT

 

Supplies you will need:

  • small foam cups (you can find these at the Dollar Store)
  • yellow and black cardstock paper
  • 1-Inch circle punch
    (optional)
  • white feathers
  • black permanent marker
  • glue (we used tacky glue)
  • scissors

Directions:

1. Start by cutting out two 1-inch circles from your yellow cardstock paper and a black bill from your black cardstock paper.

 

2. Use your black marker to make markings on your foam cup for your owl. Also, color in black pupils inside your yellow eyes.

 

3. Glue your eyes and bill onto your foam cup.

4. Finish your owl by gluing white feathers onto the sides of your foam cup. We used two feathers on each side but you could also just use one feather.

My preschooler was so cute. She told me she wanted to make her snowy owl craft have swirly dizzy eyes like it had been flying really fast and got dizzy. Her owl turned out adorable!

 

 

 

 

PAPER BAG SNOWMAN PUPPET

No matter what type of climate you live in there is always a great way to enjoy snowman in the winter by bringing the fun indoors. Yesterday we shared adorable bottle cap printed snowmenand today we are sharing this paper bag snowman puppet. It’s a perfect indoor winter craft for kids and it couples great with a favorite children’s snowman book. Look for a recommendation near the end of this post.

 

How to Make a Paper Bag Snowman Puppet

 

Supplies you will need:

  • white paper lunch bag
  • orange construction paper
  • large googly eyes
  • large pom-poms
  • pipe cleaners
  • washi tape
  • buttons
  • black marker
  • Glue Dots
  • scissors
  • tacky glue

Directions:

1. Lay your paper bag down flat, making sure the side with the hangover flap (the bottom of the bag) is face down.

 

2. Cut a triangle carrot nose out of your orange construction paper. Glue your googly eyes and nose onto your paper bag. Next, draw a mouth and any facial features you want on your snowman. My daughter and I drew eyelashes onto our snowman.

 

3. Use your washi tape to make a scarf on your snowman. Then glue your buttons onto the front of your bag.

 

4. Open up your paper bag. Add a Glue Dot onto the ends of your pipe cleaner. Attach the pipe cleaner to the sides of your paper bag.

5. Add a generous amount of glue onto your large pom pom. Put one hand inside your bag along the side of your bag, and use your other hand to attach your pom pom onto the side of your bag for your ear muffs. Use the hand on the inside of your bag as pressure and hold the pom pom in place and count to 30 to help keep it in place. We used tacky glue because it tends to give hold a lot quicker than regular school glue. Do the same to attach the other pom pom on the other side of the bag.

 

Let the glue on your paper bag snowman puppet dry for a few hours. Once the glue is dry, put your arm inside your puppet and have fun playing with your adorable snowman! Below is a picture of my preschooler’s cute snowman.

 

 

We loved combining this snowman craft with one of our favorite winter books, Snowman at Night by Caralyn Buehner. It’s a must read for winter time!

 

 

 

 

PAPER BAG SNOWY OWL CRAFT

The winter season is a perfect time for children to learn about animals that live in cold climates like polar bears, penguins, walruses, arctic foxes. This stuffed paper bag snowy owl craft is a perfect compliment to learning about snowy owls. Here’s a fun fact my daughter and I learned about snowy owls this week: As male snowy owls get older, they get whiter but females never become completely white. They always remain brownish with darker markings. If you’re planning on learning about owls this winter, you will love this simple and fun snowy owl craft.

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HOW TO MAKE A PAPER BAG SNOWY OWL CRAFT


Supplies:

– white paper lunch bag
– newspaper
– yellow and black cardstock
– black marker
– stapler
– scissors
– glue (you could also use Glue Dots)

Directions:
1. Start by cutting off about 2-3 inches from the top of your white paper bag. Cut several strips from your newspaper, crinkle them up and stuff your paper bag about 1-inch down from the top. Staple the top shut. Then fold the top down and staple it down to make the top of the paper bag flat.  This will be the bottom of your owl.

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2. Pinch the top corners of the bag up and add a staple to hold it in place and to make owl ears.

3. Cut out two yellow circle eyes and a black beak from cardstock. Also, cut out two half circles out of newspaper for your owl wings. Use your black marker to draw pupils inside your yellow eyes and feather markings on your newspaper wings. Glue your eyes, beak and wings onto the front of your paper bag.

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4. Finish your paper bag snowy owl craft by drawing more feather markings on the front and sides of your paper bag with your black marker.

COFFEE FILTER, STRAWS AND PASTA SNOWFLAKE CRAFT

My kids are excited to be expecting our first snow storm this week so with winter on our mind I put together this fun snowflake craft for my kids over the weekend. It was a blast. Painted coffee filters, pinwheel pasta and  paper straws come together to create awesome texture in this winter kids craft. This fun snowflake craft is also a fun way for kids to be creative with symmetry when creating their own, unique snowflake design. Look for a book recommendation at the end of this post.

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HOW TO MAKE A COFFEE FILTER, PAPER STRAW AND PASTA SNOWFLAKE CRAFT


Supplies:

– coffee filters
– liquid watercolors
– paintbrush
– blue paper straws
– pinwheel pasta
– white paint
– school glue

Directions:
1. Start by painting your coffee filters with your liquid watercolors. We used blue and purple for winter snowflake colors. Set the coffee filters aside to dry completely.

2. While your coffee filters are drying, paint your pinwheel pasta with your white paint. One easy way we like to paint our pasta is by pouring some white paint on a paper plate. Then dip the pasta into the paint and place it paint side up on a place mat or parchment paper to dry.

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3. Cut a handful of blue paper straws into 2-inch and 1-inch sections. I would say you’ll need 2-3 straws per snowflake.

4. Once your coffee filters and pasta are dry, set all of your materials out and design your snowflakes. We spent some time doing a dry fit with our straws and pasta to figure out what designs we wanted. After you have decided on your design, use school glue to glue down each piece of your snowflake.

PAPER PLATE SNOWFLAKE YARN ART

Eeek! I’m a little bit obsessed with how cool our latest winter craft turned out. I came across some fun snowflake paper plates at my local Target and was struck with the idea of how to turn them into this gorgeous paper plate snowflake yarn art. Not only is this a perfect activity for the winter months but it’s great for beginning sewing and fine motor skills.

 

HOW TO MAKE PAPER PLATE SNOWFLAKE YARN ART


Supplies:

– snowflake paper plates (We purchased ours at Target.)
– push pin
– steel yarn needle (These don’t have as sharp of a tip as normal needles.)
– yarn (color of your choice)
– scissors
– tape

Directions:
1. Start by using your push pin to poke holes in all the end points and intersecting points of the snowflake on your paper plate. See picture below. We have found the best way to do this is to place our paper plate on the carpet and then poke the holes. This way the push pin easily goes through the paper plate and you don’t have to worry about the pin scratching or hurting the surface below. (NOTE: If you can’t find these paper plates simply draw a snowflake pattern on the front of a regular paper plate.)

You can see the picture below with all the holes showing through the bottom of the paper plate. This is an important step so the holes are prepped for bringing the yarn needle through, and also so kids can see the outline of where the thread will go next.

2. Cut off a big piece of your yarn. Thread one end through your yarn needle and tie a knot at the base of the needle. Then tie a double knot at the end of the yarn.

3. Thread the needle and yarn through the center hole in the plate on the front of the plate, then use the holes you poked and the pattern on your paper plate to thread through the snowflake pattern. You will end up going through some of the holes a few times to get the pattern complete. When you reach the end of your snowflake pattern cut off any excess yarn and tape the end of the yarn onto the paper plate.

The end result of the paper plate snowflake yarn art is so gorgeous on the back of the paper plate. I loved how both the multi-colored snowflake turned out and the blue ones. You can make several and thread them together to make a fun winter themed banner to hang in your home. Or decorate your snowflakes even further with sequins, glitter glue and craft gems.

While my Kindergartner completed this craft with me it was a big challenge for her. I had to stay by her side and guide her through about half of the snowflake before she was able to be let loose on her own and complete the snowflake. Because of this, I wouldn’t recommend this for preschool students unless you plan on doing it as a one-on-one activity with them. Elementary age students of all ages will enjoy the challenge of this craft though.