Based on our crafts so far this year, I think it's safe to say we are hoping and waiting for it to snow. While I don't like how snow can make it harder to get around, I am very excited to take Noah out to play in it. A nice Friday snow, enough that Chris gets to stay home, would be wonderful. We could get a 3 day weekend and really just enjoy it. But until then, we will just continue making snowmen crafts inside.
The first craft we did, was to make a snow measuring snowman stick. I picked up a paint stirrer at our local Home Depot. While I had to ask the woman behind the paint counter for it, they were free. Noah helped me paint the stick white, and the next day we assembled the snowman. In all honesty, this is a craft you will have to help your child with. While Noah glued on the hat and the eyes, I had to help tie the scarf (made from felt just like the hat) and add the measurement marks. But I think the real fun will come when it finally snows and we can use it to measure how much we get!
^^^ ideally I would have used a marker for the carrot nose, but I could only find crayons at the time, and it worked fine :)
^^^ making sure I measured correctly ;)
The second snowman craft we did was of "abstract" variety. We talked about what a snowman looks like (and we've made many with play-doh) and then talked about what it would look like if it melted. I even sang him a snowman song that goes like this...
"Once there was a snowman, snowman, snowman.
Once there was a snowman, tall, tall, tall.
In the snow he melted, melted, melted.
In the snow he melted, small, small, small"
He thought the song was pretty cool and had fun making his "melted snowman". He painted some white onto the blue card stock and while the paint dried, he helped me cut out all the snowman accessories. Noah is really into cutting, so he's happy as a clam anytime I let him help. I just hold his hand when doing the smaller, more precise pieces. Then it was time to glue everything on, and I let him have total control on this part :) While it's a simple craft, I think many kids love using paint, glue, and scissors, so they will love it!
I have a few more winter crafts planned but then it's all about Valentine's Day!