Mrs. Bosma’s Top 10 Winter Crafts for 3 Year-Olds

When the weather is cold, and you can’t spend time outside, it’s good to have a craft or two available to do with your preschooler. Here are my favorite winter crafts and activities to do with 3-year-olds.

1. Winter Mittens

 http://www.housingaforest.com/winter-mitten-craft-for-preschoolers/

Squeezing the Elmer’s glue bottle will help your kiddo strengthen their hand muscles, and peeling the backing off the foam stickers is excellent for fine motor skills.

2. Winter Tree Finger Painting

 https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/winter-tree-finger-painting/

Tapping each branch with a little paint is great for working on fine motor skills.

3. Beaded Snowflake

 https://earlylearningideas.com/snowflake-craft/

Counting the beads then stringing them on the pipe cleaner will help them with counting and fine motor skills.

4. Paper Plate Arctic Fox 

 https://iheartcraftythings.com/paper-plate-arctic-fox-craft-for-kids.html

Again, squeezing a glue bottle is great for strengthening hands. This also makes a great learning time, so be sure to teach your kiddo about where the parts of the fox’s body go as you’re gluing them on!

5. Bubble Wrap Snowy Tree

  http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/01/bubble-wrap-snowy-tree-kid-craft.html

This craft is just plain FUN! And popping the bubble wrap afterward is even more fun!

6. Cotton Ball Penguin

  http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2015/04/cotton-ball-penguin-kid-craft.html

This is a great craft you can use to teach your child how to properly use liquid glue. Teach them “Just a dot, not a lot!”

7. Hot Chocolate Buddy 

 https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/marshmallow-snowman-make-hot-chocolate-buddy.html

What’s better than a fun craft? A fun craft and snack in one! The fact that it also helps with fine motor skills is an extra bonus.

8. Melted Snowman

 https://mominspiredlife.com/melted-snowman-shape-craft-collage/

Teach your child about shapes while making this adorable craft. To work on scissor skills, cut the white paper into 1 inch strips then help your child snip squares and rectangles for the body. (They will likely need help with the triangle and circles.)

9. Play Snow

  http://www.savvysassymoms.com/blog/diy-play-snow/

This isn’t a craft, but it’s SNOW much fun, I HAD to include it!

10. Peppermint Playdough

http://foodfunfamily.com/peppermint-playdough/

This one is also not a craft, but it is excellent for sensory free-play time. Use cookies cutters for fine motor skills, and squish it to help strengthen hand muscles.

 

By: Emily Bosma, Early 3’s Teacher, Faith Christian School

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Rachel Jones is a former classroom preschool teacher at Faith Christian School. She has an elementary education degree and currently teaches private piano lessons, preschool music at Faith West, and cares for her husband and toddler. Rachel and her husband have been a part of the FCS & Faith Church ministry since 2011.