The long winter months can lead to boredom and cabin fever, especially for kids that enjoy being outside. Fear not though, as with a bit of effort, you can keep your kids entertained and engaged with these fun creative craft projects you can do right at home. These crafts spur creativity, develop fine motor skills, and give them a chance to make cherished keepsakes for you and other members of the family. With Christmas just around the corner, some handmade crafts will go down a treat!
Make Homemade Ornaments
Craft beautiful Christmas tree ornaments using simple materials you likely already have at home. Let kids make salt dough by mixing flour, salt, and water. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut fun shapes like stars, trees, stockings or bells. Use a straw to cut out a hole before baking so the ornament can be threaded with ribbon. Decorate with glitter, sequins, beads or paint.
You can also craft ornaments from sculpting clay or create thumbprint ornaments using porcelain paint pens on glass ball ornaments. Let creativity shine by combining materials like buttons, pom poms, felt and craft jewels. The options are endless for DIY ornaments kids will love.
Design Snow Globes
Snow globes capture the magic of winter in a bottle. Have kids decorate empty jars or plastic containers by gluing on mini winter figurines, fake snowflake confetti, tree embellishments and more. Fill the globes with a mixture of glitter and water or glycerine then seal the lid to create a stunning snow globe. Display them proudly or give as homemade gifts.
Make Melted Crayon Art
Recycle old crayons to create colourful abstract art and teach kids about the science of states of matter. Have kids peel the paper wrappers off crayons then arrange the crayons in a muffin tin. Bake them at a low temperature just until melted then have kids use craft sticks to swirl and blend the wax together in vibrant designs. Add novelty items like tiny dinosaurs or glitzy beads before the wax re-hardens to make fossil scenes or gemstone art.
Craft Handmade Cards
Get a jump start on your holiday card list with DIY greeting cards. Provide construction paper, magazines, wrapping paper, buttons, ribbons, doilies, stickers and more for kids to craft one-of-a-kind cards. Show them how to fold paper in creative ways or cut interesting shapes for unique designs. Have them write special notes inside to spread cheer to friends and family. If you have foster children from ISP Fostering, help them make cards for their family and friends; this is a great project you can do together to help build bonds. The ideas are endless when it comes to creative projects kids will have a blast making this winter. Bundle up with some hot chocolate after venturing outside then get those craft supplies out to make memories that will last all season long. Unleash your child’s imagination and creativity with these fun homemade crafts!