1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Crafts With Me
Out of all of the items I post, it seems that the crafty activities are downloaded and pinned the most. I’m so glad! I LOVE LOVE LOVE doing hands-on art with children.
You really can make some time for it if you turn the craftivities into an independent center, where standards can be reviewed and reinforced + they are excellent fine motor practice as well.
These independent centers are a great motivational tool to get kids to focus and stay on task, as you reward those who do a good job finishing by allowing them to transition to a crafty center, when they have completed their work.
I know the day is packed, but perhaps if you ban together with the other teachers in your grade level, you can make a 1-hour block for a craft exchange. This is especially fun for the last day of school before break. Even older students really enjoy this. When I taught 1st and 2nd grade we did 4-fifteen-minute craft exchanges and allowed 2-3 minutes to transition.
Each teacher thought of a 15-minute quickie craft activity and supplied all of the materials. We’d start with our own class and then rotate through to the next 3. If “craftivities” needed to dry, we’d set them in a line in the hallway. Each teacher had their own section.
We tried to think of things that students could do independently, without a whole lot of explanation. We often included items that children could give as a gift. When everyone had rotated through the rooms, students could wrap their items in tissue and then read some Christmas books.
I’ve included some of my all-time favorite winter crafts in the blog today, and hope you find something to interest you and your kiddo’s. I gave up on asking parents for empty cans, toilet paper tubes or whatever recycled item I needed. It was simply much easier to save them myself and toss them into labeled waste baskets that I kept in my basement.
I also had a special can opener that I bought from Magic Chef that seamed the top of the can in such a way that there were no sharp edges for a child to get cut on. The Tin Can Snowman was a huge hit with my Y5’s.
If you don’t want to mess with painting, have students wrap the cans with paper or white & black Duct tape. They have all sorts of colors available at craft stores now. I cut the hat brims out of foam, but you could also use black construction paper for them as well. Don’t forget to take a moment to reinforce circles and the 3D-cylinder shape with your students (A standard covered! Woo hoo). Click on the link for the Tin Can Snowman.
Another way to review the cylinder shape is by making Silas, the Cylinder Windsock.
Students decorate the flat surface; glue a black strip to the top to make the hat and then gently roll the paper to make a cylinder.
Staple them at the top, in the middle and on the bottom. Punch a hole on either side and make a yarn tie. These look awesome displayed from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download the Cylinder Snowman Windsock,which can be found in the Winter Art & Activities Packet.
You'll also find this 3D snowman dangler, as well as the Doilie Dan Snowman.
He reinforces a variety of standards, including small-medium and large.
I did this as a whole group activity to assess listening and following directions, which also reinforced ordinal numbers (1st do this, 2nd this etc.)
Spatial directions were also included. (Place this above, under, to the left etc.) Completed projects made a wonderful assessment tool, as parents asked their child the questions that were on the snowman's tummy.
Winter Art & Activities was one of the first packets that I put together several years ago, before I had all of the fonts and software programs that I use today, but I think the simple hand drawn patterns are easy to follow.
Besides snowmen, I've included penguin and mitten crafts as well. Click on the link for this whopping 118-page packet filled with all sorts of fun. Winter Art & Actiities packet
One of my students' favorites was Charlie the paint stick snowman. He dangles from the doorknob.
Sample in hand, I’d go to a paint store or home-depot sort of place, show Charlie, explain it was for a kindergarten Christmas craft, and could I buy 20 paint stirrers.
For 11 years no one asked me to pay, and they all thought Charlie was adorable. If you'd like to make a matching ornament, simply use an extra large Popsicle stick. Click on the link to view/download the Paint Stick Snowman.
“Snowy.” is my all-time favorite. What home doesn’t have a pile of socks missing a mate? Send a note home asking parents if they’ll donate them to your class. Cut the toes off, tie the tops with a bit of yarn, flip up the “cuff” and tadah you have an adorable hat.
You’ll need some white tube socks as well. These need to be the kind that are straight with no heel.
I turn them inside out so they have a nice scruffy look. A scrap of flannel with the ends frayed makes the perfect scarf.
You can also use ribbon (plaid is a personal favorite) Adjust how tight you tie on the scarf so it “sections” the body. Wiggle eyes, buttons and a wooden heart all add to the cuteness factor. I stuffed Snowy with pillow batting. You can buy it by the bag at most fabric stores. Click on the link for all of the directions to make this sweet sock snowman.
Finally, Snowman Prints is one of those keepsake "Awww-dorable" craftivities that parents so enjoy. This is not my original idea. I've seen it all over Pinterest on glass ornaments, and wanted to make this safe and inexpensive for a teacher to do with her class, so I designed one using construction paper and added an aluminum foil top.
Sometimes, parents fail to realize that some of the art work, especially this one, was made from their child's hand, so I wrote a poem to accompany this keepsake.
I guess it did the trick because one mom said: "I loved Conrad's ornament and didn't even know it was his hand print 'til I read the poem. Now I love it even more!"
I think they turned out super-cute and my kiddo's really enjoyed making them. I experiemented with red and green construction paper, but think the blue background turned out the best. Click on the link to get the patterns for the Snowman Print Ornament.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you can stop by tomorrow, as I will be posting lots more helpful FREEBIES. Feel free to PIN away.
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store." -Dr. Seuss from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas