Easy Winter Crafts For Kids
There are just a few more weeks left of winter, and that means you have to keep children busy indoors. Encourage them to make fun crafts that you can use as part of your seasonal home decor. Here are a few easy winter craft ideas for your kids.
Handmade cards are a wonderful way to let special people know they are your Valentines. Cards can be as simple as messages written on cardboard, or older children can add cutouts and drawings. In addition to cards, there are dozens of other ways kids can create decorations. Make a heart garland with ribbon and paper. If you want to get your hands dirty, try making handprint hearts. All you have to do is dip your hands in finger paint, place one hand on your piece of paper with your fingers close together. Lift your hand and place your other hand on top of the first print, overlapping only the fingers the way you might place your hands on your lap. When it dries, you'll have a picture you can frame and treasure for years to come.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese lunar calendar is slightly different from the standard calendar. This year, the Chinese New Year celebration falls on February 19. The end of the Year of the Horse and the start of the Year of the Sheep or Goat is a great opportunity for children to explore Asian cultures and crafts. Make sheep and goats from construction paper and cotton balls, or try a 3-D version with a cardboard tube. Paper lanterns are fun projects for children old enough to use scissors.
For The Birds
Just because it has turned cold does not mean all the birds in your neighborhood have flown south for the winter. Many hardy birds make their year-round homes in snowy climates. While their feathers keep them warm, they do have a hard time finding food. Children can learn about their winged neighbors and help them out by making simple bird feeders. Make some popcorn, and then string it on some thread. Hang the garland on a tree outside, and the birds will snack on it. You also can create a feeder from an empty toilet tissue tube, birdseed, and peanut butter. For an even simpler version, toast some bread, cut it into a heart shape with a cookie cutter, smear it with peanut butter and sprinkle it with birdseed for a snack all the birds will go crazy for this spring.