Celebrate the colder months with these preschool winter crafts. They’ll be a creative addition to your winter activities for preschoolers to get into.
I know not everyone enjoys the colder weather that comes with winter (depending on where you live, of course). I, myself, enjoy getting cozy in a sweatshirt, with a warm cup of tea and a good book as snow falls outside.
If you’re hanging out inside a bit more this winter, why not break out the art and craft supplies? Let the kids get creative with some of the fun ideas you’ll find below.
Keep in mind that you can adjust each of the crafts I share here. Maybe you want to simplify the materials. Or perhaps you want to just set out the supplies and let the kids craft as they see fit. Either way, you know your students’ needs best. So make adjustments based on that knowledge.
Preschool Winter Crafts
The craft ideas are broken down into a few different categories. This way, you’ll find just what you’re looking for! There are snow, nature-inspired, snowmen, animal crafts and more.
Snow and Ice Creations
Let’s start off with some snowy preschool winter crafts!
If you live somewhere without snow, be sure to introduce the concept to the kids ahead of time. Non-fiction books, videos, and images of real snow are a great place to start.
Children will explore a key preschool concept, patterns, along with many other preschool concepts in our snowflake craft.
I really enjoyed watching my students get creative with their popsicle stick snowflakes! I think next time, I’ll set it up as a winter art invitation where it’s even more self-directed.
Kids will practice all sorts of motor skills as they trace snowflakes with glue, sprinkle salt, and paint in the salt painting process art project.
The coffee filter, straws, and pasta snowflake craft is the perfect art project to introduce children to using unusual objects to create beautiful art!
There are only a few materials needed for this super-simple sparkly icicle craft. And, not to mention, it is absolutely stunning!
Preschool Winter Crafts Inspired By Nature
I think the seasons give us the perfect chance to discuss nature and how it changes over time. These nature-inspired preschool winter crafts can be a support to that discussion.
Using simple materials, let the students create a winter tree with the four seasons tree craft.
Introduce your students to a new painting tool that creates a really neat design in the winter bubble wrap tree kid’s craft.
The kids will absolutely adore getting to use painter’s tape, watercolor paints, and kosher salt when creating their watercolor winter trees.
Let the children get some great fine motor practice in with the rustic rhinestone pinecone craft.
Bundle up and take the children on a winter nature hunt to find the materials they will need to make their winter tree art!
Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Admit it, you sang that in your head just now, didn’t you? One of the iconic pieces of winter in kids’ minds is often a snowman. So I couldn’t leave these ideas out of our preschool winter crafts collection!
Our name snowman craft is a great activity for preschoolers. Once your class has finished the final touches on their snowmen, they can compare and contrast the height of each snowman based on the letters in their names!
The children will have a blast creating and adding accessories to their very own cotton ball snowman.
In the melting snowman craft, students will use critical thinking skills as they decide where a snowman’s accessories will end up after all of the snow melts.
Whether you choose to turn this into a cooperative art project or make individual boxes for each student, the kids are sure to enjoy creating the snow globe in a box craft!
The snow globe snowman craft is such a fun idea that will let your students practice several preschool skills.
The children will get to implement and practice a wide variety of skills when creating their own cute little toilet roll snowman!
Polar Animal Artwork
Winter’s a good time to explore the colder areas of our world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. And animals help kids connect with different areas of the world. Read on for some preschool winter crafts that are all about animals.
The pinecone winter owls craft is the perfect way to create a piece of art while engaging the children’s sense of touch!
In a polar bear winter art project, kids will get to use their fine motor skills to create a beautiful backdrop for a polar bear silhouette.
The penguin inkblot symmetry craft is the perfect opportunity to include the math concept of symmetry into a really fun art project. I think this one would be a great finger painting opportunity!
Did you know that the arctic fox changes colors based on the season? Teach your students about these foxes and their interesting color-changing abilities with the arctic fox camouflage craft.
Let students use a loofah when painting as they learn more about an interesting arctic animal with the snowy owl winter craft.
Even More Preschool Winter Crafts
Okay, okay, I couldn’t stop there. Here are even more winter craft ideas to try with the kids!
Students will get to fine-tune those fine motor skills while they practice letter formation with our snowball names literacy activity.
Children will have so much fun building their name using “snowballs” in our marshmallow name craft!
The winter hat craft could be a great beginning to a whole series of winter clothing art pieces. Once the series is completed, put the winter clothing together for a bulletin board display!
This list is full of so many fun and unique art techniques and the symmetrical mitten craft for preschoolers is no exception!
Let the kids bring a mini figurine or water-proof toy from home to personalize their very own homemade snow globe craft!
Materials for Your Winter Crafts
I always like to suggest taking stock of the materials you already have before diving into projects. Then see if any of the preschool winter crafts match up with what you’ve found.
Of course, I’m also not opposed to picking up some extra supplies, either. The state of my own teacher stash can attest to that!
If you’re looking for some materials to grab for these preschool winter crafts, here are some ideas:
- Cotton balls
- White puff paint
- Snowflake confetti
- Snowflake hole puncher
- Tempera paint
- Watercolor paints
- Craft sticks
Winter Lesson Plans for Preschool
If you’re looking for some great lessons and activities to go along with your winter crafts for preschoolers, look no further! Preschool Teacher 101 will save you time and money with our done-for-you lesson plans and activity packs!
These winter lesson plans have over 200 pages of done-for-you resources. You’ll find a weekly grid, daily lesson plans, activity descriptions for hands-on learning, center ideas, book recommendations, and related printables ready for you.
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