I keep hearing phrases thrown around like “polar vortex 2″ or “deep freeze” or — my personal favorite — “do you remember where you were during the ice storms of ’94?”

{No,  but I’m guessing there were a lot of days off of school. That may have been the year we went until practically July… but it sounds ominous, right?}

With the possibility of another snow/ice in coming up, I’ve been flexing some crafting/baking/kid activity muscles. Don’t worry. They aren’t that big. Definitely the lightweight classification. They involve things you most likely have around the house (hooray! you won’t need things like water soluble epoxy). And the easy-to-do snow-inspired activities we’re sharing over the next few days will keep the kiddos busy, so you can keep your sanity.

First up? Watercolor snowflakes. Vibrant colors will definitely help you and the kiddos shake the winter blahs!

Watercolor Snowflake Materials

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Optional: String/Tape if you want to make a garland

How to Make Watercolor Snowflakes

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Step One: Cut your watercolor paper in half and paint them. This is a fun time to experiment with lines, shapes and dots with watercolors. Have your child blend colors, too. What color will red and blue make? Allow the paper to dry.

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Step Two: Now comes the fun part — making the snow flake! Follow the picture tutorial to make these three folds (twice in half and once into a triangle.) You’ll have some excess on one side of your triangle.

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Step Three: Time for scissors. Cut the excess paper off of your triangle. Then, use your imagination to cut shapes into all three sides of the triangle.

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Step Four: Unfold. Voila!

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Optional Step Five: Use your tape and string to create a garland. Now you have a colorful winter wonderland!