When the weather is to cold, icy or snowy to go outside, you can keep restless children busy with arts and crafts related to the winter. For example, children are often fascinated with icicles that form along the edge of roofs. You can recreate these icicles indoors with a number of different crafts. Choose an icicle craft that is most appropriate for the child's skill level and that will also keep their interest.
Things You'll Need
White tempura paint
Cut a thick rectangular piece of letter-size card stock. Use card stock in any color other than white.
Draw a line of glue across the top edge, going back and forth over it several times.
Stand the card stock upright and watch the glue drip down, forming icicle shapes. Lay the card stock back down when the drips reach halfway down the paper.
Cover the glue icicles in glitter to make them sparkle and stand out.
Hanging Paper Icicles
Cut out a thick rectangle of construction paper.
Cover the construction paper with white tempura paint.
Sprinkle shimmering, light-colored glitter all over the paint. Let it dry completely.
Cut jagged triangles out of the construction paper from the bottom edge to create the look of a row of icicles. Create several strips of paper icicles to hang around the room.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
Combine 2 parts flour to 1 part water and 1 part salt in a mixing bowl until smooth.
Take a generous pinch of clay and shape into a log between your hand.
Taper the log to a point on one end, creating the basic icicle shape. Create a small hole at the other end of the icicle.
Bake the icicle in the oven on a baking sheet for about 1 hour until it is fully hardened. Allow the icicle to cool completely on a wire rack.
Brush a glaze made of equal parts water and glue onto the icicle.
Roll the icicle in a light-colored glitter and allow it to dry for several hours. Attach a piece of string through the hole to make an icicle ornament.
Make several clay icicles and allow children to paint them in whatever colors or designs they like.