10 ways to keep kids busy indoors this winter - Little Lullaby
Little Lullaby

10 ways to keep kids busy indoors this winter

Little Lullaby
Little Lullaby

Alice and Amelia - New Young Mum

I’m Alice, 22-year-old single mum to 3-year-old Amelia. We love exploring the outdoors but there’s nothing better than a good craft — it’s so amazing to watch Amelia learn, try and enjoy all the new things we do. I share our lives, adventures and crafts all over on my blog NewYoungMum.com.

We definitely spend more time at home in the autumn and winter as no one wants to be outdoors the entire time in the cold! So to make the most of your time at home why not try out some of these super simple, crafty and cheap things to do with kids this autumn/winter!

1. Carnival Pumpkins

With the season of Autumn brings pumpkins! It’s not always that easy for little ones to get stuck into carving so why not get creative.

Grab all your art supplies; paint, glitter, tissue paper, feathers and anything else you might have and just get painting and sticking.

Ours ended up completely glitter covered and looked like carnival pumpkins!

2. Cinnamon Playdough

Playdough is so much fun for little ones and it offers open-ended play, creativity, fine motor skills and thinking.

Even just a lump of playdough and fingers is enough but making your own and making it a bit more autumnal is easily done.

I went for cinnamon scented and the recipe is really simple. For some more autumn scented playdough recipes, have a look here.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon spice
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Boiled kettle water

Just pop all the ingredients in a bowl and give it a mix until it combines as playdough. Collect some leaves and sticks and get creating!

3. Autumn Leaf Collage

A really simple autumn craft is a leaf collage. Whilst you are out and about enjoying the glorious colours of Autumn, collect some leaves, sticks, chestnuts and whatever else you can find and make a fun little collage of your finds afterwards.

4. Conker Paint Rolling

This activity is really simple active painting craft. All you need to do is collect some conkers, place some paper in the bottom of a washing up bowl/baking tin, squirt in a few drops of paint, throw in some conkers and then get rolling and shaking!

5. Fork Firework Painting

Celebrate Bonfire Night and New Year fireworks with some fork firework painting. All you need is black card, bright paints and forks!

Either dip your fork in the paint and get printing or pop a blob of paint on the card and drag it out with the forks to make some funky fireworks, sprinkle with some glitter for an extra fancy picture!

6. Vanilla Glitter Playdough

To celebrate winter and all things white, this is a playdough recipe to get you feeling Christmassy.

The recipe is really simple and the activities are endless from making snowmen and snowballs to Christmas stars! The scent and the glitter makes it extra special and the beauty of wanting white playdough means that no food colouring is required.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • Boiled kettle water
  • Silver/white glitter!

As with the cinnamon playdough, just pop all the ingredients in a bowl and give it a mix until it combines.

7. Lolly Stick Trees

This is a really easy Christmas tree craft that you could either hang on your own tree or create a festive scene with.

All you need is 3 lolly sticks per tree. All you need to do is:

  1. Colour/paint/glitter the lolly sticks green.
  2. Stick on some pom poms, buttons or sequins for your decorations, plus a star on top.
  3. Stick the sticks together in a triangle shape.
  4. Add a little brown piece of card for the base.

And there you have some simple Christmas trees made out of lolly sticks!

8. Pipe Cleaner Stars

Making your own decorations has never been easier as all you need is pipe cleaners and beads.

This craft not only looks fab when it’s finished but uses fiddly fingers and fine motor skills throughout. Simply thread beads onto the pipe cleaner, twist the ends together and bend into a star shape!

9. Homemade Reindeer Christmas Cards

There are so many amazing homemade Christmas card ideas but I love these two reindeer ones.

There are two designs; one is with a foot print then all you need to do is draw on eyes, a nose and antlers. The other is done with various finger prints and again draw on eyes a nose and some antlers.

They are so simple but look really smart and will be a lovely treat for those who receive!

10. Fluffy Paint Snowman

Fluffy paint is just so much fun and it’s even simpler when you want to make white as all you need is PVA glue and shaving foam.

Mix together equal parts of PVA glue and shaving foam in a little bowl until combined. Cut out some snowman accessories: a hat, scarf, buttons, nose etc.

Then get painting with your puffy paint to create your snowman and stick on your extras. You could also get a bit messy and use your hands to create a sky scene.

This is so fun and wait until it dries, it feels so funny!! For coloured fluffy paint you can have a look here.

There we have it: 10 Autumn Winter Crafts that are simple, fun and will certainly get your crafty kids having loads of fun! Let me know if you make any of these crafts as I love seeing them being recreated!

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