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What can you craft in winter with children under 3? 5 creative ideas with simple instructions to follow

Your toddler likes to do crafts? We’ve put together a collection of craft ideas for toddlers. Winter crafts with kids under 3 should be easy, take little time and you should use great craft materials that the little ones can easily handle. These creative ideas will keep your toddlers busy!

What winter crafts can you make with kids under 3?

Creative and easy winter craft ideas with kids under 3

This collection of winter crafts for toddlers is just plain fun! Let them enjoy the magic of childhood and spread the indescribable feeling of happiness through these projects.

Frosty pine cone craft

Make your own frosty pine cone with toddlers

This frosty pine cone is a beautiful decoration for winter. Gather some pine cones with the kids to get ready for this project and get some white tempera paint and silver glitter.

  • Place the pine cone in a bowl of white paint.
  • Paint the white paint onto the pine cone.
  • Shake the glitter onto the wet areas. You may want to put the pine cone in another bowl first to catch the glitter that won’t stick. Tip: Put the glitter in a small salt shaker, as it is easier for little hands to hold and the holes are just the right size for the glitter to come out slowly.
  • If you want to hang the pine cone, you can tie some twine around the top.

Winter crafts with kids under 3: pom pom mittens.

Make pom pom mittens in winter with kids under 3

This fun craft project is easy to make and fun for a variety of abilities. You can make it into a lesson on composition or textures, or you can just take a bunch of different materials and let the kids create with wide open borders.

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • scissors
  • white glue
  • pompoms


  • First, fold the cardboard in half.
  • Then trace your child’s hand or have them trace it themselves.
  • Cut out the mittens and you will have two mittens ready.
  • The children can embellish the mittens with markers as they wish.
  • Glue the pom poms to the cardstock and let them dry.
  • Punch a hole in each mitten and attach a string.

Do not let toddlers play with such string unsupervised. If your child wants to play with his creations, just leave out the string altogether.

Make your own winter hats with kids

Winter craft ideas for kids under 3

This is one of the cutest activities that is easy to set up and quick to make.

To do this you will need:

  • Template, at the end of the article to print out.
  • Colors – crayons, watercolors, markers
  • Stickers
  • cotton balls
  • white school glue
  • scissors
  • Glitter

Follow the step-by-step instructions:

  • Print out as many copies of the template as you need. You can have the kids make several because they are really quick to make.
  • Let the little ones color in the hats. You can also finger paint the winter hats, tear up magazines and glue the torn pieces onto the hats, or decorate them with stamps. The best way to do this craft activity is to offer the children as many coloring materials as possible.
  • Once the children have colored the hats, cut them out.
  • Add glue to the top and bottom and glue the cotton balls to the hat. This will make them really stand out!

* Print out the template here.

Create cotton pads snowman

Cotton pads snowman craft with kids under 3 in winter

Craft an adorable snowman doll with your child that you can use as fun winter decorations around the house or as great play figures.

Materials needed:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Cotton pads
  • Scissors
  • Craft felt, any color you like, but black is important
  • Glue
  • Mini pompoms


  • First, glue three cotton pads in a row on a popsicle stick. Remember to leave some wooden stick free so the kids can hold their dolls well.
  • Repeat the process for each snowman doll you want to make.
  • Set them aside to let them dry completely.
  • Next, take the felt and scissors.
  • Now cut out the decorations for your snowmen: A few black hats, colorful scarves and of course small black squares for the eyes and a triangular orange nose.
  • Now comes the last and most fun step of all – assembling the snowman dolls. Simply glue all the felt pieces to the front of the cotton pads, along with the pompom buttons of the body.
  • Add other decorations of your choice.

Make polar bear out of paper plates easily.

Make your own polar bear out of paper plates with little ones

This activity helps to exercise your child’s cutting skills and keeps the mess at bay since there is no paint to worry about.

What do you need:

  • White paper plates
  • White paper
  • Black marker
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Black pompom
  • White tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tape
  • Glue

How to make it:

  • First, take a white paper plate. Use scissors to cut out a C-shaped piece at the bottom edge.
  • Use this piece to cut out the ears.
  • From another paper plate or white paper, cut out an egg-shaped piece for the bear’s face and a smaller one for the bear’s snout.
  • Use a black marker to draw details on the polar bear’s nose and mouth.
  • Also add some details to the ears and glue them and the snout on with the glue.
  • Attach the pom-pom nose and the wiggle eyes.
  • Cut out a small bear tail and paws and assemble the cardboard polar bear in the center of the body.
  • Tear the tissue paper into smaller pieces. These can be used as icebergs. Tearing and ripping paper is a wonderful way to strengthen fingers for writing later.