Winter is the perfect time to play inside - but depending on how long the season, it's always nice to mix things up with some new play opportunities! An arctic small world sensory play bin or area is just the thing to beat the winter blahs!

We looked online and found several different options for coloring chickpeas for icy water. For snow, we used shredded white paper. If you don't have any, coconut or rice are wonderful options too! Finally, we used colored cardstock for ice and added some of our favorite arctic animals!

This can be set up on a table or if you want to contain it a bit more, place it in a shallow box, a baking tray, or plastic bin!

Do you have a preschooler or kindergartner learning to read in your home? Just a few materials are needed to make these simple alphabet cards!

Start with:

  • Cardboard 
  • Crafting Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut cardboard into shapes for letters. (We used light cardboard from a recycled cereal box.)

Step 2: Cover letter portions in crafting tape.

Step 3: If needed, glue letter portions together to create the letters.

Step 4: Glue the letters to cards from cardboard or cardstock.

Simple, colorful and a fun way to practice letters!

We enjoy cutting paper snowflakes, and making snowflakes from other materials - like yarn. Something cozy about using yarn to make snowflakes during this wintery season!

Start with:

  • Craft Sticks
  • Yarn
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pom Poms
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Create it!

Step 1: Glue craft sticks together into a snowflake shape.

Step 2: Tie a piece of yarn to the center of the snowflake and weave in a circle.


Step 3: Attach pipe cleaners to the ends of the snowflake by twisting around the  craft sticks. (We bent ours to make points in between each craft stick.)

Step 4: Glue pom poms to the snowflake.

We used blue for a wintery snowflake look but these would be fun in a whole rainbow of colors!

Have some textured cardboard on hand? They make the best snowflakes! And, after you've made several, they can be joined together to make a really "cool" crown!

Start with:

  • Textured Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Glue 

Create it!

Step 1: Paint textured cardboard and allow to dry.

Step 2: For each snowflake, cut four approximately 5 inches by 3/4 inch strips. Also cut eight approximately 1 inch by  1/2 inch strips.

Step 3: Glue the four strips together in a snowflake shape.

Step 4: Glue the small strips to the ends of each of the larger strips.

Step 5: On opposite ends, punch a single hole.

Step 6: Connect the snowflakes by lining up the punched hole of one snowflake to another and secure with a paper fastener. Continue until a circle is created!

If you prefer, instead of gluing the centers of the larger strips together, use the hold punch and another paper fastener for some additional sparkle!