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Crafts For Winter – Indoor Activities For Kids

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Winter brings rain and gloomy days, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t still have fun! You just have to take it indoors.

Here are some fun and easy winter crafts for kids and adults alike.

3-D Artwork
Art meets science in this fun indoor activity.

What You’ll Need:
Card stock
Rimmed baking sheet
White glue
Salt
Colored water (see tip below)
Eyedropper

Instructions:
1. Place the card stock on the baking sheet and use the glue to draw a design on the paper.

2. Sprinkle salt on the wet glue until it’s completely covered; tap off any excess.

3. Using the eyedropper, drip one drop at a time of the colored water onto the salt.

As the salt absorbs the colored water, the liquid will move along the lines created by the glue, resulting in a color piece of art. Be sure to watch what happens when the colors reach intersecting lines.

Colored Water Tip: Use 5 drops of neon food coloring per 1 tablespoon of water.

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Homemade Snow Dough
This sparkling white play dough will surely brighten up your winter days.

What You’ll Need:
1 Cup Flour
1 Cut Water
1/2 Cup Salt
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2 Tablespoons White Tempera Paint
1 Tablespoon White or Iridescent Glitter
A Few Drops of Peppermint Extract (optional)

Instructions:
1. Combine all the ingredients except the peppermint extract (if you’re using it) in a medium-sized pot and cook over medium heat.

2. Stir constantly until the mixture holds together, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from hot stove.

3. Place the pay dough on wax paper to cool, about 15 minutes. If you’re using peppermint extract, gently knead it into the dough.

You may store the cooled dough in ziplock back in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

When it comes time to play with the dough, there are a variety of useful props:
Dried Beans
Small Twigs
Tiny Carrot Sticks
Cupcake Wrappers
Colorful Beads
Paper Drink umbrellas
Egg Carton Cups
Snowflake Cookie Cutters

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Snowman Thermometer
When the weather outside is frightful, make a thermometer so delightful!

What You’ll Need:
1 Jumbo Craft Stick
White Acrylic Paint
White and Red Glitter Glue
2″ Piece of White Chenille Stem
2 Medium Blue Pom-Pom Puffs
Wax Paper
½ Orange Toothpick
1 Blue Toothpick (colored toothpicks are not required, plain will work)
Scrap of Material For Scarf
Scrap of White Paper For Sign
Black Marker
White Craft Glue
Glue Stick
Scissors

Instructions:
1. Cover your working area with a piece of wax paper and paint the jumbo craft stick white; allow to dry and repeat if needed.

2. Create the snowman’s face using the black marker to draw eyes, eyebrows, and a mouth. Glue the orange toothpick piece between the eyes and the mouth to make the nose.

3. Glue the blue toothpick to the back of the craft stick, about 2.5” down from the top, leaving about 2/3 of the toothpick visible.

4. Cut a piece of white paper, about 2” x 3” and fold in half. On one half, write “BRRR!” with the black marker. Line the inside of the cut paper with using the glue stick and fold it around the blue toothpick to create the sign.

5. Glue a piece of scrap material around the neck area to create a scarf.

6. Bend the white chenille stem so that it is rounded and fits around the top of the craft stick; this will the headband of the snowman’s ear muffs. Glue in place.

7. Trim a little off the side of a pom-pom puff, making one side flatter. Glue the flat side of the puff to the craft stick where the chenille stem ends. Repeat on the other side.

8. Starting at the bottom of the craft stick, use the red glitter glue to make a “ball” of mercury, then draw a line halfway up the stick.

9. Use the white glitter glue and continue up the craft stick until you reach the scarf. Allow several hours to dry completely.

10. Using a fine tip black marker, add numbers and temperature marks to your thermometer; be sure to include the Fahrenheit and Celcius symbols (F and C).

Hint: Start your number 0 where the red and white meet, then fill in remaining numbers from there.

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