Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Winter Craft Ideas

As you may know by now, I love crafts! Not only do they always help our classrooms look cute and inviting,  they're also a great way to practice those tricky fine motor skills. And they involve following directions which we all know can be a challenge ;) 

Here are some fun craft ideas for the winter months:
Winter Name Tree

 This idea was inspired by a couple of things...the adorable stitched Christmas trees by Ashley Hughes and the fun snowman name crafts that were so popular last year!

They turn out super cute and they're so easy to make!
Here's what you need:
Enough 4"x4" green squares for each student in your class {one square makes two triangles, I would have my students count out how many triangles they need and them come collect the squares}
One 1.5"x3" brown rectangle for the trunk
One star which you can download {HERE} and printed directly onto yellow paper, or be colored in, thanks to Ashley Hughes :)

To assemble, have your students glue down the trunk at the very bottom of their paper. Then, hold the square like a diamond and cut it in half to make two triangles. They can round the corners or the triangles or keep them point. Then glue the correct amount of triangles on top of each other. Glue the star onto the very top.
Have your students add the letters in their names using foam sticks, markers, crayons or paint. The possibilities are endless! Add dashed lines for the fun stitched look and you're done! 

You can use larger construction paper for students with longer names, or you can have the trees hanging off the paper :)

This project can also be completed without the name!

Square Penguin
This penguin is one of my favorites because he's so easy to put together and turns out so cute!

Here's what you need:
One 8.5"x9" piece of black construction paper for the body
One 6"x9" piece of white construction paper for the belly
One 2.5"x6" piece of black for the flippers
Two 2"x2" white squares and two 1"x1" black squares for the eyes
One 3"x3" orange square for the feet
and one 2"x2" orange square for the beak

To assemble:
1. Glue the white paper over the black paper to make the body.
2. Cut the 2.5"x6" piece of black in half to make two triangles for the flippers. Glue them behind the body so that the point sticks out.
3. Cut the white and black squares into circles by trimming the corners, and glue them down for eyes.
4. Trim the corners of the 3"x3" orange square and cut in half for the feet. Glue down at the bottom.
Cut the 2"x2" square in a v-shape to make the beak and glue down.

I also stumbled across this adorable little reindeer on Pinterest and thought he'd go perfectly with square penguin! Don't ya think!?


I hope you can use some of these ideas!
Be sure to head on over to Freebielicous to check out another free winter craft!

And don't forget to download the TpT Holiday Ebooks with tons of holiday ideas and freebies!!


Happy Crafting!
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29 comments:

  1. Oh goodness I am going to die from cuteness! Thank you for so many great ideas! I'm off to pin!

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  2. Love!!! Those little reindeer are adorable. Glad you found some inspiration in the trees. :)

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  3. Love it all, especially the penguin...saving it for when I go back!!
    Vickie

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  4. Super love! I'm so excited about this post! ;0)

    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  5. Love all of these. That penguin is so stinking cute and so stinking simple :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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  6. Love love love that name tree, the square penguin, and the reindeer!!! TOO CUTE!! Thanks for sharing!!!! :)

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  7. So many cute, cute ideas:) Love each and everyone of them:) Would super <3 it if you linked this up on my Monday Made It linky:) It would be perfect for the December edition:))

    4th Grade Frolics

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  8. Thank you so much for the great ideas!!!!

    Angela
    The Daily Alphabet

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  9. Cute and Simple!! Love them all {especially the tree!}

    Halle
    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

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  10. ahhhhhh! Seriously adorable. Just sayin' ;) I want to every single one of those crafts!! Thanks for the inspiration as always!!
    Nicole

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  11. WAY TOO CUTE----but everything you make is!!

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  12. I love the name tree idea!!! I will definitely make them with my firsties!! :)
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  13. You are Miss Crafty! Love these ideas!!! :)
    Pinned! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  14. Ohmygosh! Love, love, LOVE!!

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  15. These crafts are to die for!! I love that penguin!! :)

    Thanks friend!

    Susan
    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

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  16. They're so cute and simple I feel like even *I* could pull those off!

    Love that name on the tree too ;)

    Tessa

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    Randy
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  18. Oh I just adore that tree! I will have to try it with my kids. Problem is finding the time to squeeze it in.
    M

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  19. Love all these craft ideas, thank you! I especially love how I can easily tie them into our shapes unit in math.

    ~Jessica
    Fun in PreK-1

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  20. You always have the cutest ideas Hadar :) xoxo soooo crafty!!

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  21. Love these penguins! WAY TOO CUTE!!!

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  22. Hadar! These are soooooooooo darn cute! I love the penguin! Have a sweet week!

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  23. What great crafts!! I'm your newest follower :)

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  24. I absolutely love these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing such detailed instructions!

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  25. I just adore penguins and learning about them. This week I posted 101+ activities and crafts to do with a penguin theme and included a link back to this post. It was sooo cute. I hope our readers stop by and visit your site! Thank you for inspiring others to craft, learn, and connect with their children.

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