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You don’t have to be a Picasso to have fun with your kids. All it takes is a little creativity and materials that you probably already have in your home. From painting, sewing and simple cutting and pasting projects, we’ve got something to satisfy every aspiring DIYer.
Paint the day away
Little ones love to paint! Whether they are using their hands, feet or a brush, painting can add up to hours of fun. To get your kids into the winter spirit, try something even the toddlers can enjoy. Get some paint, construction paper and cotton balls and make penguins using their footprint. Just have them dip their feet in the paint and stamp them on a piece of construction paper. Use cotton balls for the belly and paint the penguin’s face.
Another fun painting craft is to have them paint a wintry scene and then dip their hand in brown paint and stamp their handprint on the painting to create a tree. You can fluff out a few cotton balls to make snow and clouds to complete the scene. Need a gift idea for grandma? Use stretched canvas and transform it into a work of art fit for a gallery (or grandma’s wall)!
Every household has a drawer full of gloves that have lost their mates. Make some use out of them and teach your kids the art of sewing. All you need is some thread and needles, buttons and cotton. Have each child choose a glove then help them sew on the button eyes and button nose. They can use red thread for the mouth. Once that is done, stuff your gloves with cotton and sew the bottom tightly. These are great for pretend play and puppet shows.
Pull out that pile of old magazines and colored envelopes you’ve been saving and put them to some use. Have children cut pictures and words out of the magazines and paste them on to poster board. Use the envelopes to design a fun border. Make it educational by giving them a topic to focus on, like winter sports, holiday traditions or types of clothing that keep us warm during the winter months. This craft is great for youngsters just beginning to use scissors.
These are just a few great DIY crafts you can do at home with your kids this winter season. When the weather keeps you indoors, keep your kids minds and hands busy with creative projects and a nice hot cup of cocoa.