Winter Crafts for Kids: An Ice Sun Catcher!

I am a strong proponent of getting kids outside, no matter what the temperature. As long as we’re dressed appropriately, I let the kids play in the freezing snow in Chicago, or at the park in 100+° in humid Houston- and I love to help them observe how nature changes with the weather. Last spring we made a duct tape bracelet on a nature hike, gathering treasures along the way. I wanted to display their nature collection this winter (on a visit to Chicago) and we found a great way to do so: ice sun catchers. Winter crafts for kids are more fun when you get the kids outside!

Winter Crafts for Kids Ice Suncatchers- Kid World CItizen

Make your own Ice Sun Catcher!

Making Winter Crafts with Kids- Kid World CitizenFirst, dress up in warm clothes and go on a nature hike! While many plants hibernate during the winter, look for pine cones, seeds, berries, and evergreens. Talk to your kids about how some trees (deciduous) have adapted to the cold by dropping their leaves while other trees have adapted by developing needles that retain water and won’t get broken in the snow. We talked about how the seeds and berries give food to the animals who do not migrate or hibernate- and were hoping a squirrel or mouse would enjoy our sun catcher as it melted away the goodies.

Materials for Winter Crafts for Kids- Kid World CitizenAfter you’ve collected your treasures in nature, you will need a pie tin, some twine, and a jug of water. Have the kids arrange their findings in the pie tin.

Winter Crafts for Kids Ice Nature- Kid World Citizen

We tied the twine around a pine cone to anchor it into the ice. The kids, in their own artistic way, arranged the pine needles, dried leaves, berries, sticks, and even rocks into the pie tin.

Winter Crafts Nature Hike Kids- Kid World Citizen

Carefully will with water, making sure the twine is at least partially underwater. Let them sit overnight in freezing temperatures (or at least for a couple of hours) and then pop out the ice sun catcher and hang up!

Winter Nature Hike Suncatcher- Kid World Citizen

Even though it was 32 degrees out, ours began to melt in the sun!

Ice Suncatchers- Kid World CitizenThis is a great art project that is both free and easy, gets your kids outside and exercising even in the cold, and helps them appreciate how nature changes in the seasons! We enjoyed watching our craft from the kitchen, as the kids waited and hoped for critters to visit and feed on the seeds and berries.

WInter Crafts for Kids- Kid World Citizen

Would you like to see more winter crafts for kids? Check out all of these great ideas from your favorite bloggers!

The Iowa Farmer’s Wife - B-Inspired Mama - Kid World Citizen - Love Play Learn - Home Learning Journey - KC Edventures - Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails - Milk and Cuddles - Putti’s World - Nurture Store - Creative Playhouse - Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas - Teach Preschool - This Reading Mama - Housing A Forest - Royal Baloo - Two Big Two Little - Ready Set Read - CraftoArt - The Outlaw Mom Blog - JDaniel4s Mom - Creative Family Fun -
Kitchen Counter Chronicles - Caution! Twins at Play - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom -
Blog Me Mom - Mama Miss - Living Montessori Now - Ingles 360 - Glittering Muffins -
The Pleasantest Thing - Here Come the Girls - 3 Dinosaurs - Train Up a Child - Little Artists -
The Chirping Moms - My Nearest and Dearest

13 Responses to Winter Crafts for Kids: An Ice Sun Catcher!

  1. These are beautiful and I bet they were fun to make. It was 67 degrees where we live today! I’m hoping some cold weather comes our way sometime this winter…Thanks for linking up to the After School Party.

    • kidworldcitizen

      Yes- we are in Texas, and it isn’t cold enough to freeze them here- we made them in Chicago:). But I’m thinking we could do them in the freezer here and then still hang them up? They might last a few hours! :)

  2. I LOVE this idea!! And it’s so freezing here that it’d be the perfect activity! :) Thanks so much for being part of the Winter Wonderland Blog Hop!

    • kidworldcitizen

      It’s so pretty hanging from the trees or fence!:) I can’t wait to see the other great ideas from the Winter Wonderland Blog Hop!

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  4. I’m taking my son on a walk today to go do this, thanks for the great idea!

  5. What a marvellous idea, I’m pinning this on Pinterest and definitely doing this with my son!

    Nipped over from ‘No such thing as bad weather’ blog.

  6. So beautiful…I love these icy sun catchers! Thanks for linking to the Outdoor Play Party

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