We got snow this week! It didn’t stick for long :( but we’re hopeful we’ll get more for Christmas.
Snow has been on our brains nonetheless, maybe because of the lack of it. So, I’ve been doing some snowy fun activities with the kids.
Five to be exact.
This first one is a cinch. We made special “melted snow” instead of our traditional hot chocolate. This is very sweet. I honestly didn’t enjoy it as much as Reid did, but the point is for it to be a kid pleaser anyway.
Follow this recipe found here. Use the regular milk version, omit the sugar, replace the chocolate chips with double the amount of white chocolate chips. Simple!
Second, we stuck with the sweets and made powdered doughnut snowmen.
I got powdered cake doughnuts and little bits of candy from the, by the pound, candy bins at the supermarket. I got only what we needed so I paid pennies for the candy and we don’t have excess sweets around the house. The nose is made from an orange cut up gummy fish. The eyes are cut up black licorice flavored jelly beans, and the arms are broken up pretzels.
Putting the eyes in took some finesse that Owen could manage but that four year old Reid could not. The doughnuts crumble easily.
But that’s okay in his book! ;)
I also grabbed a few Christmas gummies that worked as a wreath to hang on the snowman’s arm, as a scarf, or as a hat.
This “craft” was a hit, and so good…
to the last crumb.
Keeping with the snowman theme, we got our moon sand out again and pretended it was snow! Go here for my post about homemade moon sand and a link to the recipe.
We used crumpled up construction paper for the eyes and nose of our “snow” man. The trick is to put the eyes and nose in while you’re forming the head.
As with all snow men, they eventually ‘melt.’
The moon sand is a simple recipe made up of flour and baby oil. It can make a bit of a mess inside but nothing a vacuum can’t easily fix. Just don’t get it wet! (Trust me.) Here is the link again to the recipe: click here.
We raided our pantry one more time for a quick glitter substitute and made salt scapes.
We’ve made them before, see this post.
Draw a picture, add glue and use salt like glitter. If your child is not old enough to draw their own scene, draw one for them and have them trace your lines with the glue.
When you’re cleaning up HANG ON to that leftover salt! Slide it into a dark cake pan.
And ta da!
You have a homemade…
Or a salt -a- sketch really. :)
Draw with your finger. Then gently shake from side to side to refresh the slate.
**If you shake too hard it will clump to one side.
I found it quite fun myself! ;)
If you find you need a simple, yet festive activity to keep your kids busy, I hope these ideas help you out!
Merry kid crafting!