With the holidays over, it’s time to move from Christmas trees, Santa, reindeer, and elves into the other fun symbols of winter. These Winter Preschool Crafts are sure to be just as much fun with popular winter favorites like polar bears, penguins, and of course, lots and lots of snowmen!
You’ll find easy, creative, and fun projects to keep your preschooler engaged and entertained through the rest of the winter season. With more than 30 projects to choose from, your little one will never get bored! They’ll have some screen-free fun, and that’s always a win with parents.
Winter Preschool Crafts
Crafting together is a great way to get in some quality family time, especially on those days when you’re stuck indoors due to bad weather. So grab your scissors, glue, paper, and the rest of your craft materials, and get started on one of these winter preschool crafts today.
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Fun Winter Preschool Crafts
Save your empty toilet roll tubes to make a whole family of adorable snowmen. Their felt scarves, pipe cleaner and pom-pom ear muffs, and button accessories make these charming crafts the perfect winter day activity for preschoolers. There are so many ways to personalize the snowmen!
Our penguin craft is super simple. All you need is paper, scissors, glue, and googly eyes, so it’s great for crafting with the kids at home or making them in a group in the classroom. The penguin is made with simple shapes—ovals and hearts—to make it easy for little hands to cut and put together.
Winter is a terrific time to study polar bears! Introduce these majestic animals to your preschooler with our fun polar bear art project. Use the polar bear template to make a cutout first. Then, use a fluffy cotton ball to dab the cutout onto a beautiful blue background. It makes such a lovely piece of art to display on your wall for winter.
Looking for an activity that will keep your preschooler entertained for hours this winter? Our snowman playdough recipe will be a huge hit! This super-soft playdough is made with all-natural ingredients and keeps well in an airtight container. Add buttons, sequins, beads, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and other accessories to a tray so the kids can build snowmen of all shapes and sizes.
Don’t forget about your feathered friends this winter! Grab some birdseed, pine cones, and peanut butter to make some delicious backyard treats for the birds in your area. Hang them up outside when you’re done, and watch to see what types of birds come to feed. It’s so much fun, and it is a nice thing to do for our fellow creatures.
Easy Winter Preschool Crafts
Looking for more winter crafts to make with your preschooler?
Here are some of our favorites from around the web. You’ll find lots of simple, cute, and fun ideas to help you pass the time when you’re indoors this winter.
Penguin Headband Craft from simpleeverydaymom.com: Any penguin-obsessed kid will love sporting one of these adorable penguin headbands. They’re easy to assemble using the printable template, which includes both colorable and colored versions.
Paper Bag Snowman Puppet from iheartcraftythings.com: Act out your favorite snowman books, cartoons, and songs with these fun paper bag snowman puppets! Add washi tape, googly eyes, buttons, and pom-pom earmuffs to white bags to make these simple snowmen.
Wax Resist Snowflake Art from messylittlemonster.com: Kids will love making this snowflake crayon resist art! The purple background is stunning, and a light blue would look beautiful as well. Using liquid watercolors over the crayon creates really vivid color contrast.
Winter Preschool Activities
Snowman Bird Feeder Craft from howweelearn.com: Here’s another fun way to feed the birds this winter. Egg carton snowmen are filled with peanut butter and birdseed and hung outside for our feathered friends to find.
Snowy Owl Winter Craft from fantasticfunandlearning.com: Who knew that painting with a loofah would create such a light, fluffy shape? It’s perfect for this snowy owl craft with his big, bright eyes and fluffy white body.
Arctic Animal Crafts
Doily Snowman Craft from easypeasyandfun.com: Doilies are terrific for kids’ crafts like this easy peasy snowman made with two doilies, some colorful buttons, and a paper scarf.
Penguin Dad and Chick Craft from booksandgiggles.com: We love this endearing craft of a penguin dad keeping his baby snug in his brood pouch! The baby penguin is removable thanks to using a velcro dot, so kids can have fun putting the baby in and out of the folded pouch.
Handprint Snowy Owl from simpleeverydaymom.com: Handprint crafts make such cute keepsakes for preschool-aged kids, and you’ll love this charming snowy owl craft for winter. The owls’ big yellow eyes are curious and cute, and you’ll love looking at your child’s adorable handprint wings!
Pop-Up Polar Bear Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: Learn about the awesome arctic polar bear with this bold, colorful pop-up craft of a polar bear in his snowy habitat. This project incorporates lots of fun techniques, like paper tearing and q-tip painting, to really engage the kiddos.
Preschool Crafts for Winter
Ice Lantern Winter STEAM Activity from ourfamilycode.com: Learn about the states of water with a fun STEAM activity to keep your preschoolers engaged. Not only can you explore water as a liquid and a solid, but if you’re in a cold region, you can put these ice lanterns out on your porch or patio to add a glowy wintery touch to your decor.
Paper Plate Snowflake Yarn Art from iheartcraftythings.com: Work on beginner sewing skills and get in some fine motor practice with these beautiful yarn paper plate snowflakes. Try different colors, like icy blues or rainbow-colored snowflakes. You could also do white ones against a dark paper plate background.
Texturized Snowman Craft from booksandgiggles.com: Make a snowman that really looks like he has a snowy texture! This is a clever idea using granulated tapioca, so it’s taste-safe.
Northern Lights Art from taminglittlemonsters.com: Kids are mesmerized by the stunning Northern Lights. Watch a few videos of the phenomenon and make your own Northern Lights-inspired art using chalk pastels on a dark background. Blending the colors is so satisfying! This is a wonderful activity for an arctic studies unit.
Winter Animal Crafts
Potato Print Penguins from redtedart.com: Printing is a fun technique to try with preschoolers, as it makes art projects quite easy by using simple shapes that can be stamped on the paper. These potato print penguins are an excellent example. Painting on earmuffs or a cute bow on top is a cute way to personalize each penguin.
Gnome Craft Finger Puppets from iheartcraftythings.com: Gnomes have been all the rage for the past couple of holiday and winter seasons, and we can’t get enough of them either. These gnome finger puppets will be a blast to play with this winter, but you could change out the colors and make them springtime garden gnomes, too. It’s a very versatile craft!
Snow Globe Photo Craft from messylittlemonster.com: Turn your child’s picture into a fun handmade card that’s perfect for all winter long. It doesn’t have to be Christmas to send a card! Send one just to let someone know you’re thinking of them. The grandparents would certainly love a picture of the grandkids inside a snowglobe! The template makes quick work of this project.
Coffee Filter Snowflakes from darcyandbrian.com: Cutting out snowflakes is a winter tradition for kids. You can make them even more beautiful by dying coffee filters pretty pastel colors using washable markers and a bit of water. String them up into a banner or tape them to your windows.
Winter Windsocks from iheartcraftythings.com: Polar bears, penguins, and snowmen—oh my! These winter windsocks are going to look so fluttery and fun hanging in any breezy area in your home. They’ll look fantastic near a window for all to see as they twirl and dance around!
Easy Snow Globe Craft for Kids from 123homeschool4me.com: Make your very own snow globe using winter-themed toys, a plastic jar, glitter, baby oil, and a few other materials. Kids will love personalizing it with their favorite winter characters like Olaf or Elsa!
Polar Bear Origami from redtedart.com: Preschoolers interested in origami will enjoy this simple starter project making a polar bear. Follow along with the video tutorial to make it even easier to master.
Newspaper Polar Bear Craft from iheartcraftythings.com: Using recycled materials like the newspaper is a simple way to make crafting a little more frugal. The newspaper used in this polar bear craft gives the bear lots of character and visual interest. Wouldn’t this make a nice greeting card for someone this winter?
Winter Scrape Painting Narwhals from projectswithkids.com: Narwhals are the unicorns of the sea! Kids will love learning about these fantastical creatures with this fun craft. Scrape painting is an easy technique for preschoolers to master, resulting in a pretty, marbled-looking paper.
Winter Arts and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Circle Snowman Craft from 123homeschool4me.com: Use a hole punch to make circles or find some circle stickers to make this easy layered circle snowman craft! Layering the circles gives it a cool, textured look, and the ribbon scarf and shredded paper snow are a nice touch.
Simple Tissue Paper Snowflakes from happyhooligans.ca: Work on fine motor skills like crumpling paper and practicing the pincer grip with these lovely snowflake ornaments made from tissue paper and thin cardboard strips.
Frosted Winter Pinecones from teaching2and3yearolds.com: If you’re not afraid of a bit of glitter, these frosted winter pinecones are a fun way to add a bit of sparkle to your winter decor. Your preschooler will have lots of fun collecting the perfect pinecones for painting and decorating.
Puffy Snow Paint from 123homeschool4me.com: Paint spectacular snowy scenes with this easy-to-make puffy snow paint made with only three ingredients you probably have on hand already. It’s perfect for painting snowmen and snowy landscapes.
Paper Cup Luminaries from littlebinsforlittlehands.com: Brighten up dark winter evenings with DIY paper cup luminaries. All your kiddo needs is a hole punch and battery-powered tealights to make these fun luminaries for their rooms.
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Winter Preschool Activities
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