Puffy Shaving Foam Paint
An easy way to add a new dimension to a child’s painting experience! All you need is paper, sensitive shaving cream and white glue.
Mix the glue and shaving cream ( half and half) to produce a whipped, puffy paint. Use whatever painting tools that you have on hand and watch . . . → Read More: Puffy Paint
Long, cold winter days linger on and it is sometimes hard to come up with something new to do with the kids on days when they can’t stay outside for very long. I was rummaging around the craft’s cupboard, when I came across some fake glass gems from the dollar store. I grabbed one and buried . . . → Read More: Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy
Supplies for Confetti Glue Pictures
For this craft, you will need white confetti. It can be found at dollar stores, party places and your local department store. The children can use white glue or a glue stick.
Have the children “paint” their picture with glue first. I keep my confetti in small bucket and . . . → Read More: Confetti snow picture
Inside snow play
Why not bring the outside in!! Here’s some ways to get kids playing and learning about snow and ice inside. These activities combines sensory (feel of snow, texture, properties as it starts to melt) and science (colors combine as the snow melts).
Fill tupperware bins or buckets with snow and bring . . . → Read More: Snow and Ice Play
Having snowball fights in playground and school yards are prohibited, so why not pretend to have one inside? First, make two teams. Each team chooses a colour of tissue paper. Then scrunch up the paper into balls. (Don’t tell the children what the game is until the last minute. This prevents over-excitement!). Once you have everything ready, you can collectively decide the rules of the “battle.” Older children can create various barricades with chairs or toys to hide behind. . . . → Read More: Indoor “Snowball” fight
One of my favorite fables for young children is Stone Soup. Here is a link to a version of the story that you can read to the children. The best way to enhance this story is to have the children participate and “act-it-out.”
Gather up the food items needed, either fresh or plastic foods. Give . . . → Read More: Stone Soup Story Time
Here’s a few quick ideas for winter arts and crafts: Winter Day Collage Create a winter day collage using dark construction paper as the back sheet (colours like black or dark blue to contrast with the white materials). Put out white glue and sticks along with anything white, light and feathery: lace, doilies, cotton balls, confetti, tissue paper etc. for the children to glue on the paper. . . . → Read More: Winter Art
This is an easy and fun sensory activity that children really enjoy. All you need to do is collect some items, foods or spices with strong aromas that are familiar to most kids. You can, of course, make it more difficult for older children. Put them in baby food jars or small tupperware containers with holes in the top. . . . → Read More: “Guess the Smell” game
Go on a winter nature walk with the kids. Make observations about: Trees with and without leaves — why are they bare? Evergreens that don’t lose their needles … Collect some branches, pine cones, evergreen boughs and make a collage when you get back. Feel the snow. Is it hard, soft, wet, fluffy? Does it pack well or fall apart in your mitts? . . . → Read More: Winter Nature Walk
On a day when it is actively snowing, grab some magnifying glasses, and dark paper or felt on your way outside. If nothing else, you can just use the children’s coat sleeves. The children catch the snowflakes and then look at them magnified.
Observe their different shapes, sizes, and symmetry. This is amazingly simple, but . . . → Read More: Observing snowflakes