January brought with it a lot of blah weather. You know the kind — cloudy and dreary, when the sun seems to disappear for days. To brighten up our classroom, the kiddos and I have done a variety of winter crafts and colorful process art activities. One of the winter crafts involved popsicle stick snowflakes we had leftover from Christmas, but a LOT brighter!
colorful snowflakes – winter crafts to brighten up the day
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Creating Colorful Snowflakes
Using a glue gun, I glued sets of 4 craft sticks to make the snowflakes. Many of them were already done, as we’d make Christmas ornaments with them last month. I made enough so each child could make a large notched snowflake, a mini snowflake, and an already colorful snowflake.
First I had the children go wild with the colorful craft stick snowflakes. Glitter glue, sequins, pompoms, and pony beads abounded! The boys and girls seriously had a blast decorating their snowflakes. I got in on the fun, too, of course!
Once the super decorated snowflakes were done, I let the kids break out the paints. Using any variation of paints they wanted, the children made the plain ol’ wooden snowflakes into beautifully colored snowflakes. I enjoyed watching their enthusiasm for painting — they seemed to love it just as much as the decorating.
Once we had all of the awesomely colorful snowflakes done, I wanted to come up with a way to display them. This led to the creation of snowflake garlands for our classroom windows. I hot glued regular clothespins to the backs of the larger snowflakes, and mini clothespins to the smaller snowflakes. I placed hooks on either side of each classroom window, then strung some fishing wire between the hooks. I left just a little give so the weight of the snowflakes didn’t pull the wire down too far. Then the snowflakes were clipped to the fishing wire. And voila . . . snowflake garlands to brighten up the classroom (and the school hallway)!
Check out my Winter Pinterest board for more wintry fun! What kind of winter crafts are you doing with your kiddos/students? Any fun suggestions for me? I’m always up for trying something new! 🙂
Preschool Snow Lesson Plans
If you’re looking for more snow-themed lesson plan ideas, be sure to check out our plans for the preschool classroom and homeschooling preschool. They’re chock full of a week’s worth of hands-on learning activities (and bonus printables).