An unexpected snow day can leave kids bored and parents scrambling for activities. The next time the flurries start to fly, have the kids put together these easy crafts made from simple supplies that you probably already have on hand.
Snow day ring toss
A little active play can go a long way when everyone is stuck inside on a snowy day. Get kids moving with this snow day ring toss game.
- Empty Pringles can
- Colored felt or construction paper
- Paper plates
- Snowflake sequins
- Wrap colored felt or construction paper around the empty Pringles can and glue it in place.
- Glue snowflake sequins to the can for extra decoration.
- Fill the can up with rice so that it doesn't tip over, then place the lid back on top of the can.
- Cut the center out of several paper plates. Kids can draw on the plates or write their names on them. Toss the plates and try to get them to land around the Pringles can.
Snowman sensory craft
Create a fun sensory experience without all the mess! You can put together this snowman sensory craft with a few simple supplies from around the house.
- Gallon size zip-top plastic bag
- Black construction paper
- Orange construction paper
- Shaving cream
- Cut out 7 small circles from black construction paper. Glue 2 circles to the plastic bag to form the eyes, then glue the remaining 5 circles to the bag to make the smile.
- Cut a carrot shape for the nose out of orange construction paper, then glue it to the bag.
- Once the glue is dry, fill the bag with shaving cream. To avoid any messy spills, tape the top of the bag shut.
- Cut a long skinny rectangle and a large square out of the construction paper. Tape the square to the top of the bag, then glue the long rectangle over the base of the square to form the snowman's hat.
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Snow day mitten lacing craft
Younger kids will love this fun snow day craft that challenges their fine motor skills.
- 4 sheets of card stock
- Hole punch
- Draw and cut out a mitten shape on 1 piece of card stock.
- Trace around the mitten on the 3 remaining pieces of card stock, then cut out the other mittens.
- Line up 2 mitten shapes and hole punch around the sides. Don't hole punch along the top of the mitten.
- Use yarn to lace the 2 mitten shapes together.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other mitten.
- Cut 3 long pieces of yarn. Braid the yarn pieces together, then tie 1 end of the braid around each mitten.
Homemade glitter play dough snowman
Put away those coats and scarves! You don't need to go outside to put together your very own snowman.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- Measuring cups and spoons
- In a medium pot, combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup salt, 1 tablespoon oil and 2 tablespoons cream of tartar.
- Sprinkle in some glitter, then stir all of the ingredients to combine them.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring until the mixture thickens into a dough.
- Remove the dough from the pot. Once it's cool enough to handle, knead it until it is a smooth consistency.
- Roll the play dough into balls to form miniature snowmen.
Glitter toilet paper roll snowflakes
You can put together pretty, sparkly snowflakes with some toilet paper rolls and a little bit of glitter!
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Flatten the empty toilet paper roll and cut it into 6 sections.
- Glue the 6 sections together side by side to form a snowflake.
- Run a thin line of glue along the top edge of the snowflake. Sprinkle glitter over the top of the glue until the glue is completely covered.
- Hang your snowflakes in a window, on your Christmas tree or use as a decoration on a holiday present.
Easy snowman snow gauge
Part fun and part science, you can keep track of how much snow has fallen with this DIY snow gauge.
- Paint stick
- White paint
- Black marker
- Orange marker
- Black craft foam
- Small piece of fabric or ribbon
- Cover the paint stick with a coat of paint. (Tip: If you live in an area where snow falls in feet instead of inches, ask for an extra-long paint stick at the hardware store.)
- Once the paint is dry, lay a ruler alongside the paintbrush. Mark off every inch with a black line, then number each line beginning at the bottom of the stick.
- Draw eyes and a mouth on the top of the paint stick with a black marker, then use the orange marker to draw a carrot nose.
- Cut out a hat from the black craft foam and glue it to the top of the paint stick.
- Cut a narrow strip of fabric and tie it around the notch in the stick to make the snowman's scarf.
- Take the snow gauge outside to measure how much snow has fallen!