8 Winter Crafts For Kids Indoor Recess & Indoor Play Days

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by

Our thanks to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post about winter crafts for kids. You can see and try out some of these crafts in the Jersey Family Fun Kids’ Quarters at the Tuckerton Seaport this month.

 

Winter Days!
 
Are your kids stuck inside day after day with a lot of energy and complaining that they are bored? Have they whined about having to sit still during indoor recess days?

While winter can be beautiful and fun, it can also be challenging for parents and teachers. When you’re a parent and your kids are home day after day because of snow days you need activities to keep them busy and to help them avoid those sibling battles that start out of boredom. When you’re teaching in a classroom and the temperature is too low or the weather is yucky and messy, it usually means an indoor recess day. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids hate indoor recess days. While they do usually get to watch a movie, they are also expected to sit still and not talk. ACK! Isn’t recess for chilling out, chatting, and wiggling before you have to focus on schoolwork again?

 

With schoolwork getting harder I feel like recess is more important than ever. Students need that fun break, even if it is only 20-30 minutes. This year I’ve been on a mission to help my sons’ teachers. I’m sending in games and winter crafts for kids. Once again I searched through the pages of Oriental Trading Company for easy winter craft ideas. Each of these Oriental Trading winter crafts for kids are age-appropriate and relatively easy. I found winter crafts for preschoolers, elementary students, middle schoolers, and teens. Most of them involve no mess meaning they can be set up, done, and cleaned up within the recess period or during a short period of time crafting with mom and dad.

 

stitching winter crafts for kids, A winter craft project with stitching is one way kids can be active during an indoor recess day.

A winter craft project with stitching is one way kids can be active during an indoor recess day.

 

8 Winter Crafts For Kids Indoor Recess & Indoor Play Days

 

8 Winter Crafts For Kids

 

Winter Crafts for Preschoolers

These winter crafts for kids are perfect for kids from 2-4 years old.

 

This Snowflake Handprint Ornament Craft Kit is a great winter craft for preschoolersSnowflake Handprint Ornament Craft Kit

About the Snowflake Handprint Ornament Craft Kit

Set your hand to this craft kit and make memories! These ornaments make lovely gifts for parents, grandparents and other relatives. A great addition to classroom art supplies, it’s a simple and charming way to prepare for holiday decorating and giving. Includes self-adhesive foam pieces, a 4-oz. bottle of white washable finger paint and satin cord. Safe and non-toxic. 8 1/2″ diam. Makes 12. Conforms to ASTM D-4236. All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions.

 

What I love about the Snowflake Handprint Ornament Craft Kit

What parent doesn’t love getting a craft that captures their child’s handprint? Handprint crafts are always my favorite. Yes, this one might be a little messy but it’s also very easy. Keep a pack of wipes nearby for easy clean up. Each kit is individually packaged and the white circles are adhesive. No glue required.

 

Another one of the Oriental Trading winter crafts for kids, Color Your Own Fuzzy Snowflake WreathsColor Your Own Fuzzy Snowflake Wreaths

About the Color Your Own Fuzzy Snowflake Wreaths

Let it snow! Your kids won’t mind when they have fun DIY crafts like these Color Your Own Snowflake Wreaths to color in the comfort of their warm house or classroom. Crafts that are easy and make adorable Christmas decorations or winter party decorations are especially popular with kids, as they love seeing their work displayed! These wreaths feature a fun, fuzzy texture that makes their marker colors really stand out! Paper. 10 1/4″ with satin cord.

What I love about the Color Your Own Fuzzy Snowflake Wreaths

This Oriental Trading winter craft is perfect for a group of kids of different ages. Use it for an indoor recess or a playgroup of kids. All you need are crayons, markers, coloring pencils, or paint. It’s up to you how you want your kids to complete this winter project. Use crayons with younger kids and let older ones make elaborate designs on the wreath with markers and paint.

 

Winter Crafts for Elementary Students

These winter crafts for kids are perfect for kids in grades from K-4 or ages 5-10 years old.

 

Lacing Snowflake Mobile Craft Kit

About the Lacing Snowflake Mobile Craft Kit

The Lacing Snowflake Mobile Craft Kit is a fun and detailed craft for kids. Let them work on a detailed and rewarding project that includes paper snowflakes. Connect it all together with satin cording. The snowflake mobiles can hang from the walls, over kids’ beds or from doorways. They’re beautiful holiday decorations! Foam. Hangs approx. 23″. (2 dz./unit)

What I love about the Lacing Snowflake Mobile Craft Kit

This winter craft for kids is the one that our Facebook fans selected as the best one for our Kids Quarters at the Tuckerton Seaport. If you’re in New Jersey you can visit this month and complete this project for free. This project will take about 20-30 minutes to complete as kids string the colorful satin cords through each snowflake. Each kit is individually wrapped. Blue cords are included to tie individual snowflakes to the main snowflake. Different color cords are for stringing through each snowflake. Self-stick jewels are enclosed in the packing to make the snowflakes sparkle. You can also dress up these snowflakes a bit more by coloring in the pattern, like we did below. Have the kids do the stitching during one recess and decorating their snowflakes during another. No glue or drying time required. There’s nothing to cut either as strings come precut.

 

Snowflake Mobile Winter Crafts for kids

 

Crinkle Tissue Paper Snowflake Tree Craft Kit another one of Oriental Trading's winter craft kits for kidsCrinkle Tissue Paper Snowflake Tree Craft Kit

About the Crinkle Tissue Paper Snowflake Tree Craft Kit

Create homemade decorations for winter with these Crinkle Tissue Paper Snowflake Tree Crafts for kids. Each child will make theirs as unique as they are and you will cherish their artwork for years to come. Kids’ winter crafts make fun homemade decorations and become heirlooms as they grow. Includes self-adhesive pieces and satin cord. 7″ x 8″ Makes 12. All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions.

What I love about the Crinkle Tissue Paper Snowflake Tree Craft Kit

This is another great indoor recess activity. As kids complete this winter craft activity they’ll twist and turn tissue paper around their pencils before dotting them on their snowflake. What made this winter tissue paper craft stand out from others is that this one includes self-adhesive paper. No worrying about messy glue fingers that leave fingers sticky and discolored from the tissue paper. It’s also an activity that will likely take 15-20 minutes, keeping kids active but also focused and in their seats instead of running around the room.

 

Winter Crafts for Middle School Students

As I started to look for winter crafts for older kids I wanted to find crafty items and kids that had appeal to teens, ones that not only were easy to do, but that they would be interested in doing and showing off to others. These Oriental Trading winter crafts for kids are perfect for kids in grades 5th through 8th or from 11-14 years old.

 

Snowflake Mini Bottle Glass Charms winter crafts for tweensSnowflake Mini Bottle Glass Charms

About the Snowflake Mini Bottle Glass Charms

There is a certain magic that is found in every snowflake. You can capture this magic with these beautifully crafted snowflake mini bottle glass charms. When shopping for wholesale beads and beading supplies for your DIY projects, you will be amazed to find what a wonderful addition these charms are to your jewelry making collection. Glass. (6 pcs. per unit) 30mm bottle with a 20mm metal charm.

What I love about the Snowflake Mini Bottle Glass Charms

Have tweens fill these bottle glass charms with beads in any color, shredded tissue paper, glitter, or confetti. There are so many ways tweens can show off their personality by how they fill the jars. Plus these snowflake charms can be added to a chain for a necklace, attached to a pencil as a pencil topper or laced to a strip of cardstock for a bookmark.

 

Winter crafts for tweens Snowman Washer Necklace Craft KitSnowman Washer Necklace Craft Kit

About the Snowman Washer Necklace Craft Kit

This craft kit is a fun and unique addition to your holiday jewelry making supplies! Quickly and easily fashion an eye-catching handmade jewelry creation that’s a perfect gift for a friend. These necklaces make great holiday or Valentine’s day gifts! Craft one for yourself and one for someone special so you can both celebrate the season in style. Includes metal washers, plastic beads, and a metal chain with clasp. 12 1/2″ Makes 2. Includes instructions.

What I love about the Snowman Washer Necklace Craft Kit

It’s such a unique winter craft! I would never have thought of this had I not seen it on the Oriental Trading Company website. And with the craft kit, tweens will have everything they need. No glueing or drying required. Your students can chat while crafting to keep busy on those inside recess days.

 

Winter Crafts for High School Students

These winter crafts for teens are perfect for teens in high school or from 13-17 years old. While you might think teens at this age are no longer interested in crafts I disagree. Sitting around chatting together and crafting can be a great community service project to do in a short period of time. After these winter crafts for teens are completed they can be used to donate to nursing homes, senior centers, and children’s hospitals. These winter crafts are also something a teen could do with a younger child as a collaborative project.

 

winter crafts for teens Silvertone Winter Snowflake Earrings Craft KitSilvertone Winter Snowflake Earrings Craft Kit

About the Silvertone Winter Snowflake Earrings Craft Kit

For a fun craft on a wintry day, these glass earrings are a real winner. Elegant Christmas gifts for friends and family, this Silvertone Winter Snowflake Earrings Craft Kit are an easy way to add a personal touch to your gift giving. Keep a pair for yourself to add to your winter jewelry. Makes 6 pairs. Glass. 2 3/8″ Instructions included.

What I love about the Silvertone Winter Snowflake Earrings Craft Kit

Making jewelry has become such the go-to activity for teens. I found several DYI jewelry kits on Oriental Trading. This winter one was my favorite because of snowflake design and added embellishments of glass jewels.

 

Fleece Snowflake Scarf KitFleece Snowflake Scarf Kit

About the Fleece Snowflake Scarf Kit

Give the gift of warmth this holiday season with this scarf craft kit! Teens will enjoy bundling up for winter weather in accessories they make themselves. With a pretty snowflake design, this craft project is the perfect boredom buster for teens during winter vacation. Fleece fringe is pre-cut. 60″ x 7″ Imported.

What I love about the Fleece Snowflake Scarf Kit

This scarf is perfect for winter time. It’s easy enough to complete that teens can catch up during recess while also creating a warm scarf for themselves, to gift to another, or to donate to someone else.  Teens looking to add their own personal touches can decorate the scarf with fabric markers or paints.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our ideas for easy Oriental Trading winter crafts for indoor recess activities or projects for snow days. These winter crafts for kids will make any snow day easier for teachers and parents.

 

Looking for more snow day activity ideas, click over to visit our 18 Snow Day Activities to Keep Kids Busy & Happy. For more ideas on how we are using the Oriental Trading Company to have fun with kids visit our Oriental Trading Crafts series.

 

What ideas do you have that make indoor recess days more fun?

Comment below we’d love to hear them.

 

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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