January is the perfect time to stay inside, unwind from the hustle and bustle of the past festive season, and make some super cute winter craft projects with your child. Crafting in January with kids is a nice change from the Christmas crafts that dominated December, because there’s still a lot left of winter after the holidays. Which idea will you make first?
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- Creative wintry ideas for crafting in January with kids
Creative winter craft ideas with kids in January
Indoor activities that keep little ones busy and having fun can be hard to find in the winter, but don’t worry! These craft ideas are perfect for weekends or snowy afternoons at home.
Marshmallow snowflake – a delicious addition to hot chocolate.
This fun and engaging activity is great for young children who can design their own snowflakes to practice their fine motor skills. For added fun, find some pictures of real snowflakes and ask the kids to copy the designs.
You will need:
- Jumbo marshmallows
- Mini marshmallows
- First, stick 2 mini marshmallows on each of the 8 toothpicks, leaving a space between them.
- Next, insert the toothpicks into the sides of one jumbo marshmallow.
- Repeat for as many marshmallow snowflakes as you would like to make.
Make paper cup penguins with kids in January.
These paper cup penguins are so cute and fun to play with or use in a little puppet show and tell story.
- 1 black paper cup
- 2 wiggle eyes
- Black, white and orange paper
How to make the penguin:
- Cut out 2 orange feet and 1 orange beak from the paper.
- Trace the opening of the cup on the white paper and cut out the perfectly shaped penguin belly.
- Also trace the oval bottom of the glue bottle to create the wings.
- Glue the wiggle eyes, wings, beak, feet and belly to the mug.
Winter craft: Make your own Olaf out of cardboard rolls
You’ve probably not only seen the movie “The Ice Queen”, but the DVD has played it over and over again. And you probably know the cute Olaf!
- Cardboard tube
- White paper
- Black pom poms
- Orange pom pom
- 2 wiggle eyes
- Fine black felt tip pen
- 2 twigs for the arms
- 3 small twigs or leaf stems for the hair
- Glue, scissors, pin, toothpick
How to make it:
- Stick white paper on the cardboard tube.
- Cut 2 circles out of the remaining white paper and glue them to the bottom of the tube as Olaf’s feet.
- Glue 3 black pom-poms to the front of the cardboard tube.
- Roll the orange pom-pom between your palms to smooth it out a bit, and glue it to the front as the nose, and the googly eyes over it.
- Use a black pencil to draw the eyebrows, smile, and tooth.
- The easiest way to poke a hole in the side of the cardboard tube (for the arms) is to poke a pin through first, then remove it and stick a toothpick in the hole to make it bigger. Now you can put the twigs through the hole.
- Glue the small twigs or leaf stems into the top front of the roll.
Winter stone painting craft with the kids in January
Show off your artistic skills and invite your little ones to create this charming, wintry stone painting.
You will need:
- Stones (collect or buy some)
- Pencil with eraser
- Acrylic pencils or acrylic paint
- Clear varnish
Design your stone painting:
- First, clean all the stones you will be using. Remove any dirt and debris by washing them with water, soap and a brush. If you have dark colored stones, you can paint them with white paint before you start designing.
- Once the stones are clean and dry, draw your designs with a pencil and then carefully paint the areas with acrylic paint or acrylic pencils. Acrylic paint is better for larger areas and acrylic pencils are easier to use for the more detailed areas. Wait for each color to dry before using the next color so they don’t mix.
- Trace the outlines with a marker or acrylic pen to highlight your design. Finish your painted bricks with clear varnish so they will last longer and can be used outdoors.
Snowy Owl Image Stamped with Pompom
While you’re crafting this beautiful winter picture with the kids, you can also tell them about the Arctic animals that live in the colder climates.
- Large pompom
- White acrylic paint
- Black, brown, green, yellow and orange paper
- Glue stick
- Small bowl or paper plate to catch the paint
- Pour a generous amount of white paint into a small bowl.
- Attach the black paper to a flat surface or workstation.
- Dip a large pom-pom into the paint and dab three small owl structures resembling an “8” on one end of the paper. Allow them to dry completely.
- Once the stamp art has dried, tear a structure that resembles a branch from a brown paper bag. Join two or more pieces together if your torn paper is too small. Crumple the paper by rolling it between your palms to add texture. Glue the brown paper in place with a glue stick in the shape of a twig. Make sure there is a twig just below the owls. Encourage the children to create their own design.
- Cut out eyes, beaks, claws, and leaves from the papers. Add more details with markers, such as the veins on the leaves and the iris.