Winter Theme
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Arts & Crafts

Fantastic Flakes

These snowflakes will have your room looking like a winter wonderland in a flurry! Provide each child with a paper doily and a variety of craft supplies (pom-poms, sequins, buttons, and beads) in cool colors, such as white, silver, and blue. Invite her to glue her choice of materials onto the doily to make a snowflake. When the glue is dry, spray a thin coat of adhesive on the doily; then sprinkle the entire surface with iridescent glitter. Tie a length of fishing line to each snowflake; then suspend all the shimmering flakes from your classroom ceiling.

~Submitted by Sherry from Ontario

The Snowy Day

We read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, then do an art project. Cut out the form of Peter and a sled from red construction paper. Glue to a sheet of dark blue construction paper (8 1/2 by 11"), then draw a line from Peter to the sled with a black crayon. Then use a plastic piece of greenery (ours are branches of a small Christmas tree)to dip into white tempera paint and swirl on the blue paint. Looks like a snowstorm!!

~Submitted by Anne in Nebraska

Winter Clothes

Supply the children with stencils of winter clothes and boy and girl shapes,
and lots of different papers, or wallpaper. Have the children trace the stencils
and cut them out. Have them glue the winter clothes onto the boy/girl shape.

Winter Scene

Another winter activity idea that we've done is to take a piece of construction paper, dark color works best, have the kids color a winter scene of their choice & then paint over it with a mixture of Epsom salts & water (1/2 & 1/2 mixture). You can adapt this to use with collages, we do a big one for the wall. When it dries it looks snowflaky.

~Submitted by Patricia

Winter Hats

Materials: Construction paper, paste, crayons, paint, brushes, cotton balls

Preparation: Draw a stocking cap shape for each child on a piece of construction paper. A half circle with a cuff across the bottom and a tassel at the top are simple to do. Cut out shapes. Have the children decorate their cap shapes with crayons or paint or by pasting on scraps of colored paper. Sponge painting. Let them each paste a cotton ball on the tassel area. While the children are working, talk about the changing weather and how hats help keep heads and ears warm. The children may make mittens to match caps.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Winter Wonderland

Materials: newspaper, fern fronds or evergreen branches, dark blue construction paper, straight pins, toothbrush, white tempera paint, clear liquid glue, silver glitter, clear plastic wrap

Procedure: Cover flat workspace with newspaper. Lay the construction paper flat on the newspaper and arrange the greenery on the paper to form a design you like. Pin in place. Dip toothbrush into paint and 6 in. away from the paper run your thumb across the bristles repeatedly in an upward direction. Allow the paint to dry. Dab clear liquid glue on the white surfaces and sprinkle with glitter. Remove pins and cover with clear plastic wrap for protection. Fold edges of wrap over and glue.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

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