Simple Snow Day Crafts for Kids

For parents, who have been affected by this week’s dangerously cold Artic blast, today marks the third day in a row that your kids have been cooped up indoors. By now your sanity may be as compromised as your video library.

If so, you might consider the following simple craft ideas. They may not be as liberating as a sunny 80 degree day, but they will keep your kids busy for a few hours and perhaps preserve the last remaining hairs on your head.

EDIBLE PLAY-DOH

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

2 cups warm water

1 cup salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

Food coloring

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together (except for the food coloring), and stir over low heat. Allow dough to thicken until it looks like mashed potatoes. When the dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and clumps in the center, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle. If the dough feels too sticky, just cook it a little longer.

Place dough onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth.

Divide the dough into balls for coloring. Add food coloring. Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your desired color.

The dough is now ready to play with and is completely edible.

CRAYON CUPCAKES

Materials:

Broken crayons with wrappers removed

Muffin Tin or silicone ice cube tray

Paper muffin cups

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place broken crayon pieces into separate muffin cups in your muffin tin. Fill about 3/4 full.

Place muffin tin in oven. Check on crayons every five minutes. Remove once completely melted. Let cool.

Once “cupcakes” are cool, pop the molds out and begin to color.

HOMEMADE PLAY-DOH

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1/3 cup salt

2 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup water

7 drops food coloring

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients with oil. Add food coloring to water and mix together. Add water to flour/salt/oil mixture slowly (about 1/4 cup at a time). Mix together with a spoon. Once you’ve added all the water, knead the dough with your hands and you are ready to mold.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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