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Keeping The Tot Busy This Winter

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So far we’ve had a pretty mild winter and we aren’t exactly clawing to get out of the house from cabin fever… yet. Knock on wood. We haven’t gotten any crazy snow, but the temps are still cold enough to be a deterrent from our favorite outdoor activities. Winters are usually long and draining here in the Midwest, so I’ve been trying to replenish our art supplies so that we can get to crafting. I’ve been slacking in the arts and craft department and the boys have become BFF’s with their tablets. I feel no shame nor guilt because we all go through those seasons where we have to let go of one thing for another.

The boys got some fun kits and supplies over the holiday to keep them busy. Now that things have settled a bit, we can finally pull them out. On a whim, I decided to revive an old blog of mine to share all of our simple projects and then some. We are all busy and vulnerable to distractions, so my goal is to keep everything short, simple, and straight to the point. No rambling, chunky paragraphs, and carrying on like I am now. ;-)

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Juicy has been helping himself to the art supplies lately. He’s been enjoying some coloring and finger painting. To encourage creativity, we keep a roll of art paper on our chalkboard kitchen table for easy access, but it’s been more of a centerpiece than anything up until the last week or so. I got out our Eco-Kids finger paint to reduce Juicy’s screen time. He put up a mini protest, but quickly went to work once he saw the paint set up for him.

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You know your child hasn’t had enough messy play when they become upset over dirty hands, haha. I had to reassure him that his messy hands were fine and I encouraged him to keep painting.

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Once he had enough of mess-making, he requested to wash his hands. I find it so much easier to clean his hands with paper towels than setting up at the sink. I just squirt a bit of hand soap on a towel, wet it, and let him wipe away. SCOTT® Brand Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels are cut in halves to eliminate waste. I love being able to tear off smaller sheets at a time for smaller messes like Juicy’s little hands. Since we go through quite a bit of paper towels, the Mega Roll bonus packs are great for us especially during winter hibernation, haha.

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What are some of your kids’ favorite winter craft projects? We need ideas over here!

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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113 Comments

  • Richard Hicks February 10, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    They like their coloring books.

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  • Henria O. February 6, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    My daughter loves to paint. We paint all kinds of objects and paper too. If you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she’ll say she wants to be an artist.

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  • Dawn Reid February 4, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    painting and making things with Playdoh

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  • claudia February 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    cooking with me

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  • Betty C February 3, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    My children are adults now but they always enjoyed painting and decorating the house with wreaths they made. They also enjoyed finding pine cones and decorating them.

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  • Laurie Emerson February 3, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    They love to make their own future scrapbooks for summer. They paste pictures in them of summer things like beaches and flowers. They also put in pictures of places they would like to go to in the summertime.

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  • Peggy Rydzewski February 3, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    We have a craft center set up and we do different ones every week

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  • tim d February 3, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    we built model car kits . we glue and paint them.

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  • Trisha McKee February 3, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    My daughter would have a large roll of blank paper that throughout the year she owuld draw and color on. We then used that for wrapping paper during the holidays.

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  • Amber S. February 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    My boys like drawing and painting

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  • Jennifer Hiles February 3, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    I have a 4 year old daughter who i haven’t been able to get into crafts too much. She does love play-doh and painting but she would rather be playing baby or outside in the snow!

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  • aubrey February 3, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    we like making snowflakes.

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  • Kim H February 3, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    My kids like creating with clay

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  • Stephanie Larison February 3, 2016 at 6:08 AM

    She likes to paint and make hats for the family. She’s really big on making her own cards, too.

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  • Terry Cross February 2, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Coloring and painting are a couple of their favorites

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  • susan smoaks February 2, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    we like to make homemade greeting cards by using the old cards we received from other people

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  • Susan Smith February 2, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    My kids love to paint, color and draw.

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  • jane kramer February 2, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    we love to make homemade christmas ornaments and cards

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  • Jennifer Red February 2, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    painting is always fun, but their favorite is when we get out glue and cotton balls to put on the paper as well

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  • beth shepherd February 2, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    We like to paint alot in the winter. We also make homemade playdough and build different animals. THank you

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  • Sarah L February 2, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    I like making bean pictures with lots of different colored beans on a paper plate.

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  • Katie Burnette February 1, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    My girls used to love elaborate craft projects but now we do fun, pretty cooking ones. Double bonus is that with it being so cold, we stay warm and cozy.

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  • linda January 31, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    I like to do craft kits with my little niece.

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  • Hayley January 31, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    My daughter is only one so we haven’t really had a lot of crafts just yet, BUT, I am going to do an idea I saw online tomorrow. Tape a sheet of paper to her high chair tray and try to get her to color.

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  • Julie Price January 31, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    They really love to sketch, color and paint.

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  • Robin January 31, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    My son likes to draw and color in his coloring book.

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  • Rae C. January 31, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    They like to collect pine cones and decorate them with white paint and glitter so they look snowed on.

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  • Brian January 31, 2016 at 1:26 AM

    I wish I had at least a daughter, but unfortunately I have no kids.

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  • Cindy January 30, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    My little brother loves to paint and do hearts! haha love him <3

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  • Sarah Phillips January 30, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Our little ones love making snowmen out of play dough! We love to color and paint holiday decor too, and then we hang it up around the house!

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  • Lacey January 30, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    I have four little ones! We will have to try this!

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  • debbie January 30, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    I have a lot of kitchen cabinets so three of the bottom ones have always been “art supply cabinets”. I have always kept them stocked with every kind of supply I can think of. My kids could always entertain themselves for hours from there.

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  • Joe Bitner January 29, 2016 at 3:30 AM

    We lived in Tucson Az. as the kids where growing up. So there wasn’t much of a winter. That kept kids stuck in the house. But coloring books,board games and puzzles for those rainy days.

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  • Molli Vandehey January 28, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    my kids love making snowflakes… so easy and make for great decorating.

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  • Peter G January 28, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    The kids love to make bookmarks, place mats and picture frames from popsicle ticks.

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  • Sara Storkamp January 28, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    They love to create anything that has to do with paper glue glitter using a scissors and their imagination! So cool to watch them

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  • AlexisB January 28, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    We love to paint and color!

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  • Emily Endrizzi January 27, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    My kids like to color. We also recently made Valentine mail boxes for school.

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  • Ronda Patrick January 27, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    They like making beaded necklaces and bracelets and finger painting!

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  • Sherwood January 27, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    I don’t have kids, but when I was younger I really enjoyed futzing about with clay and doing paint by numbers.

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  • Sherwood January 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    I don’t have any kids, but when I was younger I really enjoyed playing around with clay and doing paint by numbers.

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  • Erin Will January 27, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    My son and daughter love to paint! We usually go to hobby lobby and get different crafts and ceramics for my kids to paint or color. I also just found kits to make your own puzzles, so my kids can color a picture and then do the puzzle afterwards!

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  • Natalie January 27, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    My niece loves to paint by number and make bead necklaces.

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  • Thananan January 27, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Nice and cozy

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  • Bailey Dexter January 27, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Every weekend the grand kids stay over, I have a craft room/guest room that is for them. I tried to keep as much crafty item for them. We do a new project each day. They love to make something & take home to show their mom or dad. We use so many reusable items from around the house!

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  • Donna Wilson January 27, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Coloring & making snowmen.

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  • Debbie Yoder January 27, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Coloring and stickers

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  • tammy January 27, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    I don’t have kids but my niece likes coloring books

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  • tara pittman January 27, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    My boys like making paper airplanes

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  • Travelbuds January 27, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    My kids like to make their own comic books

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  • Tammy Woodall January 27, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    In the winter, my Niece loves to read her books, Draw Great Big Colorful Pictures, and color in her favorite Coloring Books.

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  • Lisa T January 27, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    We love perler bead projects, loom knitting, and friendship bracelets.

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  • Lori January 27, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Making shadow boxes!

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  • Rachel January 27, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Making paper snowflakes.

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  • Holly Thomas January 27, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    Coloring is their favorite.

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  • Brittney House January 27, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    We love doing finger painting because we can get messy.

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  • LeAnn H January 26, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    We make ornaments and sock puppets.

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  • LeAnn H January 26, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    We make ornaments and sock puppets

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  • DeAnna Keller January 26, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    We color and paint.

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  • Pamela Gurganus January 26, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Our favorite winter craft projects are making animal mittens out of felt and making paper snowflakes.

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  • isalyne January 26, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    They love to make snowflakes with paper and glitter. You can even tie a little string and put it on the tree (before Christmas of course) :)

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  • Holden Humphreys January 26, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    We had a blast making gingerbread houses last month.

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  • christine burd January 26, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    finger painting and painting the snow

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  • Angelica Dimeo January 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    I love doing finger painting with my kids

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  • Crystal F January 26, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    My daughter likes to paint, draw and go on pinterest to get craft ideas to make. Thank you!

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  • amy pugmire January 26, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    we’ve done some ballon bean bags, some people sticks and lots of finger art.

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  • Regina January 26, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    We like to color…

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  • Jessica M. January 26, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    All three of my sons love drawing the best! We also love to make snowflakes and will be making Valentine’s Day decorations soon!

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  • Ty January 26, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    My daughters enjoy painting and drawing. They get together to draw and write books. It is too cute to watch as the stories unfold.

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  • Debbi Wellenstein January 26, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    The kids have really gotten into finger painting lately.

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  • brittany January 26, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    the kids like to make snow men with cotton balls on construction paper.

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  • Shelly January 26, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    You are such a great mom! My little guy HATES crafts, but has taken a liking to cooking (YAY!)

    BTW, thanks for sharing the coupons savings :)

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  • sandra January 26, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    puzzles, board games, video games

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  • Rajee January 26, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    He only loves to draw ghost rider lol

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  • Audra O'Hara January 26, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    In the winter, when we’re cooped up like this week, my daughter likes to paint. Lately she’s really been into making bead necklaces and bracelets too.

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  • Carlos Mujica January 26, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Thank you. <3.

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  • Cynthia C January 26, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    I helped my niece make home-made play dough. She loves to make play food with it.

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  • Nikolina January 26, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    We love creating plaster “pictures” with hand prints, foot prints, leaves etc…

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  • Tammy Woodall January 26, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    My Little Niece and Nephew loved it when I taught them how to make paper. It was a messy process – but they loved it.

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  • Saundra McKenzie January 26, 2016 at 5:14 AM

    They love to paint and color. Now we are working on Valentine’s crafts.

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  • Dovile January 26, 2016 at 4:58 AM

    Cutting snowflakes!

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  • Myra Ball January 26, 2016 at 1:33 AM

    My 3 youngest kids love to paint on canvas. Painting allows their imaginations to explore. Ive also been surprised at their artist ability.

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  • saegan anderson January 25, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    I don’t have kids, but i used to like making snowflakes out of paper and TONS of glitter. Also i did wreaths with tissue paper

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  • Alice Smith January 25, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Love to see new ideal for kids to use their imagination!

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  • Deb Dorrington January 25, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    The kids like to make their own Connect a Dot pictures and then exchange them with each other and they connect the dots to see what the picture is..Keeps them busy for hours.

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  • Katie Scalmato January 25, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    I teach little kiddo art classes at a local nonprofit. We loved making arctic foxes and snow man collages this year.

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  • Odar January 25, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    My nephew likes everything that involves reaping the paper.

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  • Becca January 25, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    My boys love play-doh. If I let them use their army men or other action figures in it all the better.

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  • Ann Fantom January 25, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    My daughter likes to cut out snowflakes from folded paper

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  • Diana January 25, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    My nieces love craft projects, they made their own doll house using cardboard!

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  • Laura January 25, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    We don’t have any kiddos yet, but my nieces like to make snowflakes out of paper! :)

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  • Janet W. January 25, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    My grandsons enjoy making snowflakes as a winter craft.

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  • Linda Bradshaw January 25, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    They like to paint and to color things.

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  • Brenda McCracken January 25, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    My 14 year old loves painting and my 12 year old loves to crochet.

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  • Lynne Marie January 25, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    I do not have children.

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  • Linda kwolek January 25, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Our kids favorite winter activity is baking things they can eat and smell.

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  • klynn January 25, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Favorite craft these days is trying to cut paper and glue it back down, to anything she can get her hands on.

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  • Amanda January 25, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Some of my son’s favorite winter activities are building snowmen when it snows, but he loves to make his own books!! That’s an all year round hobby he has :)

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  • Jennifer W January 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    He’s pretty young, but we’ve been doing lots of glue-stick pictures lately :)

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  • Sheila K. January 25, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    My niece likes everything to do with glitter!

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  • Donna L January 25, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    My daughter is an adult now, but when she was a child she would like to color with crayons and markers.

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  • Crystal Rogers Walker January 25, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    I like doing crafts with construcyion paper and letting Grandkids help me bake cookies and cupcakes

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  • HS kraftmaking January 25, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    My kids love Q-Tip Painted Snowman Craft .

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  • DebP January 25, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Lots of drawing and crafty stuff, with all sorts of recyclables and odds and ends from the second hand store.

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  • Ellie Wright January 25, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    My boys like to make cards for special occasions and holidays.

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  • Jessica Padilla January 25, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    We made Christmas cards and also paper snowmen. It has been fun.

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  • Rosalie Mason January 25, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Her favorite craft project is creating vision boards.

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  • Margaret Smith January 25, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    My kids like to use recycled type of items, like plastic bottles, paper towel holders, etc. They like to add contruction paper, glitter, material, etc, to make items like snowmen, penguins, bears and that sort of projects.

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  • Lisa Brown January 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    My kids like to craft a lot with paper and glitter, glue, clays and do fun projects with them.

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  • Petra Kos January 25, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    We usually make paper snowflakes :)

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  • Sandy Klocinski January 25, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    I don’t have any kids at home anymore but my daughter used to love using a flour mixture in a dish soap bottle to paint fun snowflake designs. Make them puffy by heating them in the microwave!

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  • Audrey griffis January 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    We set up with bath tub as a finger painting showcase we tape paper to the walls and wear an old bathing suit and paint away with very easy clean up

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  • Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva) January 25, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    My nephews love making cards for everyone. They use a variety of markers, crayons and a little paint. I like to add the glitter (lol).

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