26 Kids Winter Boredom Craft Busters

Looking for some activities to keep the kids entertained while its still too cold or wet to go outside? I found some really good ideas over at tip junkie. Why not use some of these ideas until the weather starts to warm up and spring arrives.

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Snow Craft

1.  Snow Ball Soap ~ Hide a small toy inside and they are the perfect gift for kids to make each other! Keep a few around for bath time fun this winter or on display in your bathroom. 

2.  Ice Ornaments ~ Make these cute and easy ice ornaments with your kiddos this winter to put some fun in those long, cold days. 

3.  Peg Dolls Winter Wonderland ~ Make your own winter scene using cardboard and the free templates.  Using cardboard makes them extra durable.  {{wink}}

4.  Winter Wonderland Windowscape ~ These snowflake suncatchers are absolutely dreamy!  Kids can paint the suncatchers with suncatcher transparent paint, string and hang them in front of the nearest window or even in a tree.

snow ice cream

How To Make Snow Ice Cream

5.  Winter Ice Cream Shop ~ Here is a great way to bring the winter fun inside where it’s warm! A clever way to keep the toddler to elementary school aged kids in your home occupied with a ice cream shop serving fresh snow! The kids will love it, and you’ll love how easy this is to set up and put away!

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Snowcraft

6.  Snow Window {indoor sensory play} ~ You don’t have to have snow to enjoy this snow craft.  Kids can use their imagination and creativity to build a winter scene using q-tips, cotton balls, cotton pads and contact paper. 

7.  Ice Marbles ~ This is a great post with an idea that could double as both a science lesson and just plain fun! Using water balloons and some really cold winter weather you’ll get some pretty ice marbles. Easy to make and super fun to see!

8.  Arctic Slime ~ A fun boredom buster your kiddo’s will love.  It’s super easy and cheap.  All the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store.

See the rest of the crafts here.

Rainy day crafts for kids

Here are a selection of rainy day crafts for you to do with your little one when you next having a rainy day in.

Use the horrible wet cold day to snuggle in, put the heating on and get all the best things out of the craft cupboard.

Im definitely going to be trying the sensory bags soon!

Find the instructions for these tootsies art at

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sensory bags

I really love the idea of these and even as a grown up i cant wait to have a squish!

Here are the instructions for the soapy sensory bag:

sensory bags
To make it, I filled a ziplock bag with one bottle of blue ocean body wash which I purchased at The Dollar Tree.  Then I tossed in a bunch of confetti that we had left over from Jewel’s birthday party.   I reinforced the ziplock bag with clear packaging tape before giving it to the girls.
This sensory bag is so FUN!  The more you handle it the more soapy bubbles you create, and the best part, they sparkle!

I agree these bags look really addictive, to find the instructions for the others check out growingajeweledrose

 

This is another idea i want to try, play dough that can be made in minutes and last 6 months, what is not to like about that? i love that there are as many varieties as you mind can think up, im liking the glitter dough. I can see my little one now squeezing her hands and watching it move!

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)

Voila!

We use these Wilton Gel colours as they are much more vibrant and take only a tiny amount to colour the dough. We also use them in all our other sensory play activities to and they last for ever!

You can store this play dough in an air tight container for at least 6 months. If you live in a humid climate you might need to store it in the fridge and out of sunlight.

 

Find out more at theimaginationtree.com

Right, these have definitely got me excited for the next rainy day, rain dance anyone? 🙂