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We've been studying snowflakes recently and it truly is amazing how each has a unique design. Help your little artist create their own masterpiece with this nature inspired process art snowflake craft!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Sticks
  • Glue
  • Pom Poms

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a piece of cardboard and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Rip off a small portion of bubble wrap and use it as the paintbrush to lightly paint over the original paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3: Gather some similar sized sticks - small enough to be able to break to needed size. Glue the sticks to the cardboard in the shape of a snowflake.

Step 4: Paint the stick snowflake and allow it to dry.

Step 5: Finish the snowflake with a little color added by gluing on pom poms.

Any craft that starts with a nature walk to find sticks and ends with beautiful artwork sounds like a fun way to enjoy the best of both worlds during winter - inside and out!

 

Loose parts and cardboard combine to make a really fun and super easy to set up invitation to create!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Bowl
  • Pencil or Pen

Create it!

Step 1: Using a bowl, trace circles on cardboard and cut them out.

Step 2: Paint the circles white and allow them to dry.

Step 3: Set out loose parts - we used colorful wooden pieces - but buttons, pom poms, blocks or any number of items would work well too!

 

This is an activity that can work well for children of multiple ages (as long as the size of loose parts is age appropriate) and can easily be stored for using again and again!

Use a mix of recycled cardboard and other paper type materials for this fun Santa Clause collage craft. Join in the fun and create one along side your little artist!

Start with:

  • Cardboard, plain and textured
  • Paper Plates, Cardstock and Other Recycled Papers
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 Inch Paper Punch
  • Single Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a circle from cardboard. Paint it the color you would like for Santa's face and allow it to dry.

Step 2: For Santa's hat, we used the same steps as we used for our Paper Plate Apple Collage and cut it into the shape of a hat. Click here for tutorial.

Step 3: After gluing Santa's hat to the top of the cardboard circle, add facial features from cardstock or paint them! We used a 1 inch paper punch for Santa's eyes and a regular single paper punch for the pupils.

Step 4: Paint textured cardboard white and allow it to dry. Once dry, cut and punch circles. These will be used for Santa's beard and hat details.

Step 5: Glue one circle to the top of Santa's hat.

Step 6: Glue circles of various sizes along the bottom border of Santa's hat.

Step 7: Glue circles to the lower portion of Santa's face for his beard.

Put on some Christmas music, gather the materials and get set for a Christmas crafting session!

Do you have a preschooler working on number recognition and counting? Make your own Christmas Trees for a fun counting activity for the season!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Mini Pom Poms

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a piece of cardboard green and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Cut the cardboard into triangles for your Christmas tree counters.

Step 3: Cut small rectangles from textured cardboard for the tree trunks

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Step 4: Glue the textured cardboard rectangles to the green cardboard triangles to form the Christmas trees.

Step 5: Add the pom poms to count!

Season specific learning activities are a wonderful way to keep things fresh and fun for little learners! And, with just a few supplies, these Christmas trees make a delightful activity to work on together.