For the winter, it is always fun to ease back into routines. I know that the first week or two of school after break can be quite hectic. I’m gathering up some winter crafts and other crafty winter resources and ideas to incorporate into these first couple of weeks so that students can practice their motor skills and stay engaged in their school days after having several days away for winter break.
Here are a few hands-on, crafty, fun ways to do that!
This simple art activity can be a blast for kids after a snowman read-aloud. I suggest reading Snowmen at Night, followed up with this melted snowman activity. All students have to do is cut the arms, scarf, nose, eyes, and top hat to glue down, then they can finger paint with white paint to make the snowman pile. So fun!
This idea from Maria is a great one. Working with tissue paper to create a stained glass appearance is one of my favorite memories from elementary school. The only prep-work required is to gather up blue colored tissue paper, which you can find at the Dollar Tree!
I’ve always loved this snowman craft. I see it every time I search for cute winter crafts. It’s a snowman looking up in the new snow that’s falling. This is a wonderful follow-up activity after a snowman read-aloud or when the snow has freshly fallen.
Here is a quick highlight of some crafty and useful resources that will be great for your winter season.
- Click here for your Winter Color by Number and Color by Sight Word.
Both of these craftivty flip books allow students to get crafty while still being engaged with reading. Students will read a short passage about winter and snowmen, then complete three follow-up comprehension activities on each topic. Then, they can color, cut, glue, staple, and assemble!
Although this blog post is all about winter crafts and crafty resources, I’d also like to include two reading resources that I think you will find very useful. These are differentiated passages and mini books that will help your small group instruction. They come with fiction and nonfiction reading for each topic, plus differentiated comprehension questions, too!
For even more ideas on winter resources, check out my January Round-up that comes with 3 freebies!