Easy DIY Winter Kids Craft, Felt Mitten Bookmarks

Snow Day Activity

I’m re-posting this Easy DIY Winter Kids Craft because it’s quick and creative. Though my K-2 After School Enrichment students enjoyed making their own Felt Mitten Bookmarks, pre-schoolers can also assemble them (Supplies for my Two’s are portioned out in our “Virtual Learning Bin.”) Don’t have suggested supplies? Use what you have. Set up a workstation, fill bowls with decorations, and invite kids to assemble, glue and decorate. Fun and done!

Gather supplies.
Measure ribbon and cut out mitten shapes.
Sandwich ribbon between back and front mittens. Decorate. Let dry.
Felt Mitten Bookmarks
Supplies:  
  • felt (or a thick fabric), small pieces will do
  • fabric glue
  • grosgrain ribbon (or satin ribbon), about 14 inches per bookmark
  • tiny pom-poms
  • small googly eyes
  • any other things to use for decorating such as glitter glue, thin ribbon, foam shapes, sparkly stars
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • marker
  • craft stick (or cotton swabs)
  • newspaper, wax paper, tin foil, or cloth (whatever you don’t mind getting glue-y)
Steps:
  1. Set up craft area with newspaper, wax paper, etc.
  2. What size book is the bookmark being made for? A picture book? A chapter book? Measure the book, then add 6 inches to that measurement, which will allow ribbon to stick out of the top and bottom of the book and to be sandwiched between the felt. For example, if a book measures 8 inches, I’d add 6 inches and cut a 14 inch piece of ribbon
  3. Draw mittens on the felt. Cut 4 mittens out of the felt, making sure they are the same shape so that when they’re glued together, they match up.
  4. Match up the felt mittens, figuring out which will be the fronts and which will be backs. Using craft sticks (or cotton swabs), spread fabric glue on the insides of the mitten. Sandwich 1 inch of the ribbon between the fronts and backs. Press to help glue adhere.
  5. Decorate mittens, either one side of each mitten or both, there’s no right or wrong.Let dry.

Tips:  Trim excess felt. Check seams for gaps and, using craft stick (or cotton swab), add extra fabric glue where needed.

Easy Kids Craft: Shaving Cream Snowmen

Shaving cream/glue snowmen made by a Three’s class.

SNOW FUN!

Creating snowmen or other snowy scenes using a shaving cream/glue combo is snow fun because it engages several senses. The kids smell the shaving cream, listen to the can, feel the texture, and see the color. What ratio of shaving cream to glue to use? According to KiwiCo Corner, “Mix one part shaving cream with one part glue. The mixture ends up thick and goopy–and dries up puffy, like snow!” The “snow paint” can be applied with paintbrushes, sponges, spoons or hands. (Two year-olds like to use their hands. LOL!)

As recommended by a Three’s teacher, I outlined snowmen, glopped “snow paint” onto the snowmen sections, and handed out spoons. Each child picked buttons and a construction paper hat, scarf, eyes, and carrot nose. Fun!

Next multi-media and textured project: Winter scenes of green, felt trees on black construction paper, snow made with both silver glitter and Q-tips dotted white paint. Winter spirit!

Snowy Mixed Media Scene, Kids Craft, Part 2

I love how different colors of snowy paper were used to create the background.

Describe your picture! 

The kids in After School Enrichment classes were happy to share their work, proud of their creations, and loved describing what was happening in their scenes. I loved seeing how each child combined materials. The kids couldn’t wait to share their pictures with their families.

Click here to learn how to make “snowy” paper.

Supplies for snowy mixed media scene:
  • “snowy” paper made with marbles and a larger, thicker piece of white paper
  • stickers (We used panda and skiing stickers.)
  • white glue
  • yarn and/or any other things you want to add to picture (ideas: mini-pom-poms, gems, foam stickers or shapes, ribbon)
  • scissors
  • markers
  • newspaper
Steps to make snowy mixed media scene:
  1. Spread newspaper over work area.
  2. Cut snowy paper to fit scene however desired. Glue to white paper.
  3. Add stickers and glue yarn or other elements to picture.
  4. Draw on picture if desired.
  5. Sign and let dry.

Snowy Mixed Media Scene, Kids Craft, Part 1

Winter’s not over yet! 

Got kids? Need an easy activity for them? Why not make a snowy mixed media scene starting with marbles, paint, and construction paper? The kids in my After School Enrichment class had fun creating their own background snow.

Supplies to make “snow” with marbles and paint:

  • white paint (we used water-based poster paint)
  • marbles
  • paint palette or paper bowl
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • newspaper
  • either a disposable cup with lid or another small container with lid

Steps to make “snowy” paper:

  1. Spread newspaper over work area.
  2. Cut construction paper into strips, squares or whatever shapes you want. Place one strip into disposable cup.
  3. Squirt paint onto palette. Place marbles in paint, rolling them around so that they’re covered.
  4. Place paint-coated marble into cup, secure lid, and shake.
  5. Carefully remove paint-splattered construction paper. Let dry.
  6. Repeat coating of marble, lining inside of cup with construction paper, and shaking marble inside of cup until you’ve created a bunch of “snowy” paper.

With lid secured, paint-coated marble is ready to shake.

“Snowy” paper drying.

Next post: mixed media scene comes together.

Easy Winter Kids Craft, Felt Mitten Bookmarks

Got kids?

Are they stuck inside because of snow, ice, and the polar vortex? Do they have a case of cabin fever? Do you need an idea for an activityHere’s an easy craft that my K-2 After School Enrichment class made. My list of supplies is a suggestion. Get creative and use what you have on hand.

Ooh–I have another idea! This craft would be a great winter birthday party activity. Pre-cut felt mittens and ribbon. Set up a workstation. Place mini pom-poms, googly eyes, foam shapes, sparkly stars, etc. in bowls. Let the kids assemble, glue and decorate their bookmarks. Fun!

Happy crafting, hon!

Gather supplies.

Measure ribbon and cut out mitten shapes.

Sandwich ribbon between back and front mittens. Decorate. Let dry.

Felt Mitten Bookmarks
Supplies:  
  • felt (or a thick fabric), small pieces will do
  • fabric glue
  • grosgrain ribbon (or satin ribbon), about 14 inches per bookmark
  • tiny pom-poms
  • small googly eyes
  • any other things to use for decorating such as glitter glue, thin ribbon, foam shapes, sparkly stars
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • marker
  • craft stick (or cotton swabs)
  • newspaper, wax paper, tin foil, or cloth (whatever you don’t mind getting glue-y)
Steps:
  1. Set up craft area with newspaper, wax paper, etc.
  2. What size book is the bookmark being made for? A picture book? A chapter book? Measure the book, then add 6 inches to that measurement, which will allow ribbon to stick out of the top and bottom of the book and to be sandwiched between the felt. For example, if a book measures 8 inches, I’d add 6 inches and cut a 14 inch piece of ribbon
  3. Draw mittens on the felt. Cut 4 mittens out of the felt, making sure they are the same shape so that when they’re glued together, they match up.
  4. Match up the felt mittens, figuring out which will be the fronts and which will be backs. Using craft sticks (or cotton swabs), spread fabric glue on the insides of the mitten. Sandwich 1 inch of the ribbon between the fronts and backs. Press to help glue adhere.
  5. Decorate mittens, either one side of each mitten or both, there’s no right or wrong.Let dry.

Tips:  Trim excess felt. Check seams for gaps and, using craft stick (or cotton swab), add extra fabric glue where needed.

Two Snow Globe Kids Crafts

 

Need a fun winter craft for two, three or four year-olds? 

Drying on a shelf outside of my pre-school classroom were these colorful tissue paper and white paint snow globes. They’d been made by older kids in the pre-school after-school program. I wanted to do something similar with my young two year-old’s, but they don’t know how to use scissors and aren’t ready for projects with several steps. I eliminated their need to use scissors and broke up the project into two days. It was a hit!

Here are instructions for both snow globes.

Happy creating, hon!

Snow Globes for 3 and 4 year-old’s

Supplies:

  • white and colored construction paper
  • a variety of tissue paper
  • white paint and paint brushes or crafts sticks
  • scissors
  • glue
  • newspaper to protect work surfaces

Steps:

  1. Cut globe of snow globe out of colored paper. Cut base of snow globe out of white construction paper.
  2. Cut tissue paper into small squares and rectangles.
  3. Using paint brush or craft sticks, drizzle white paint over globe.
  4. Glue tissue paper squares and rectangles on snow globe base.
  5. Glue painted and tissue papered snow globe pieces on contrasting construction paper.

 

Snow Globes for 2 and 3 year-old’s

Supplies:

  • white tagboard
  • black construction paper
  • dot marker
  • scissors
  • glue
  • glitter
  • newspaper to protect work surfaces

Steps:

  1. Cut snow globe shapes out of tagboard.
  2. First Day: Decorate snow globes with dot markers.
  3. Glue snow globes onto black construction paper.
  4. Second Day: Drizzle glue onto snow globes.
  5. Second Day: Sprinkle glitter onto wet glue. Shake off excess glitter.