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Winter Crafting Activity Plan

Winter is upon us and the smell of PVA glue and the sounds of ripping sellotape are in the air. Get your craft on in your setting with our TNL Winter Crafting Activity Plan!

Winter Crafting early years activity

Follow this activity plan to make your own Christmas Reindeer, Snowman or Penguin with the children in your setting. Not only is it great fun, but good for the development of their motor skills and exploring their creativity.

What you need:

  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Buttons
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • Brown and orange pipe cleaners
  • For the eyes: Googly eyes, white and black paint, or a sticker.
  • Red, brown and black pompoms
  • Black marker pen
  • Red card or foam
  • Orange card
  • Double-sided tape
  • Winter scene decorations, e.g. white card, cotton wool, Christmas lights, glitter, etc..

Preparing the activity:

  1. Collect the toilet roll tubes – it might help to send a note home with children, asking parents to send in cardboard toilet roll tubes
  2. Cut the red card or foam into strips lengthways along an A4 sheet, about 1cm wide
  3. Cut the orange card into carrot shapes (soft-cornered triangles) and beak shapes (sharp-cornered triangles)
  4. Depending on how much time you have, this activity can be split over one or two sessions. Session one could be painting the toilet roll tubes for the children’s chosen characters and then leaving them to dry before session two. If this is not feasible, however, you can paint the tubes before the activity, just make sure you do a few of each design so everyone can have the character they want!

Doing the activity:

Allow the children to pick which character they would like to make and help them collect the items they need.

Snowman:

  1. Paint the toilet roll with white paint and let dry
  2. Wrap a strip of glitter card around, about halfway down the roll, at an angle so the ends hang down like a scarf. Use double-sided tape to secure it
  3. Draw some coal buttons underneath the scarf with the marker
  4. Stick on a carrot nose and draw coal eyes and a mouth
  5. *Optional extra* make holes in the sides of the snowman and push pipe cleaners through to create arms

Rudolph:

  1. Paint a toilet roll tube brown and let dry.
  2. Make two holes at either side of the top of the toilet roll tube. Push three brown pipe cleaners through, so they come out either side of the toilet roll. Arrange to resemble antlers
  3. Stick two googly eyes on the front of the tube, with a red pompom underneath for Rudolph’s nose. If you don’t have googly eyes in your setting, you can again draw them on, or try stickers!
  4. Stick another pompom on the back of the toilet roll tube, at the bottom, for Rudolph’s tail

Penguin:

  1. Paint a toilet roll tube black, except for an oval shape, starting about halfway down the tube, and let dry.
  2. Paint the oval with white paint and let dry.
  3. Stick two googly eyes on the front of the toilet roll, above the white oval, with an orange break stuck underneath If you don’t have googly eyes in your setting, you can always draw them on, or try stickers!
  4. Fold a yellow pipe cleaner into the shape of two penguin feet (three short toes on each foot) and stick to the bottom of the pipe cleaner so the toes stick out
Christmas Crafting

Adapting the Activity:

As this plan doesn’t have to focus on Christmas, there will be no problem using it as a non-Christmas specific, winter activity. Simply remove the red nose from Rudolph and they can simply be a reindeer, or remove the reindeer completely and just focus on penguins, snowmen or any other winter characters you can come up with!

Tracking the activity:

30-50 months

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials; “Uses various construction materials.”

40-60+ months

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials; “Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.”