Let It Snow: Local mom Shannon Fisher gets crafty with some winter-inspired projects
Local mom Shannon Fisher gets crafty with some winter-inspired projects.
Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography
Our state may not get much snow and ice, but we can still celebrate winter with some fun crafts!
Toddlers are known to love painting just for the fun of the activity. Painting on ice is a great way to allow them to paint over and over without the stacks of paper, plus the cold ice makes it more exciting. Take a clear pie dish or any other clear dish you have. I used a square baking dish since my pie pan is blue. For every three cups of water it takes to fill the dish, add a half-cup of baking soda. My dish took six cups of water and one cup of baking soda. Stir until the baking soda is mixed through. This turns the water white, so you have a blank canvas to work on. Freeze at least 12 hours (we froze ours overnight). When we were ready to paint, I quickly rinsed the ice with cold water to wet it down and then let my kids and their friends go crazy with washable paint and brushes to create their own mix of colors. They loved creating designs and then rinsing the ice with cold water to start all over. If your child wants to save his or her work, take a photo so that they can keep the memory—ice is hard to frame, you know! We still have the ice block in the freezer and pull it out for quick and easy painting fun!
Snowflake Window Clings
To create your own snowflake flurries, gather some wax paper, puffy paint, and a printed snowflake or a design of your own. Take the design and place under the wax paper. Next, trace the lines of the snowflake with the puffy paint. This works best when the lines all touch and are fairly thick. Our designs were about four inches by four inches to give room to make the paint lines thick enough. Allow to dry flat overnight, and then carefully peel the puff paint away from the wax paper. Press against a window or add some string and use as an ornament. This was a great activity that took a little patience, but the end result was worth the time spent. The kids wanted to keep creating more to add to the windows for their own winter wonderland!
Using salt is a great way to make a painting look as if there are snowflakes in the background. Gather watercolor paint, paintbrushes and paper, and paint a blue background, using a little more water to make sure it’s wet and even. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle some salt on the paper and allow it to dry. This may take an hour or so depending on how wet the paper was. The salt should dissolve and leave little prints that look like snowflakes. As your art is drying, you can use construction paper to create a snowman or anything else you would like to glue to your snow scene. Kids come up with the cutest designs for snow paintings! I hope you had a happy New Year and enjoy creating these winter crafts!