Winter Survival Guide
Looking for fun things to do at home with your kids during the colder months? Have no fear, your librarian is here!
DIY Family Crafts
Discover learning and more through a variety of projects and crafts you can do with items you can find at home.
- STEAM Crafts
- Create Your Own Winter Wonderland
Design your own winter wonderland by building a 3D diorama of a wintery scene, using whatever materials you have at home.
Have a mason jar handy? Create a winter scene snowglobe!
You can also bring your vision to (virtual) life with the Stop Motion Studio App!
- Make Fake Snow!
The first kind of snow you can make is really simple – you only need 2 ingredients:
- Conditioner (you can also substitute the conditioner for lotion)
Add 1 bag of cornstarch (ours was 454 grams/ 16 ounces) with 1 cup of conditioner.
Our librarians used unscented conditioner, but lavender or light scented version would also work. If you find it’s a little too sticky, just add more cornstarch and if you find it’s too dry, add a little more conditioner. You want the consistency to not be sticky. It should let you form it into little balls to make your own snowman!
- Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough
- 2 cups plain flour (all-purpose)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- food colouring (optional)
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Add the glycerine (optional) Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!
- If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right
- 5-Minute Ice Cream in a Bag!
- 1/2 cup whole milk half and half, or cream
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp sea salt
- 2 cups of ice
- Sandwich sized ziplock bag
- Quart sized ziplock bag
- In the sandwich sized ziplock, bag, add milk, sugar, and vanilla. Seal bag tightly.
- In the quart sized bag, add the ice and salt.
- Place the smaller bag inside the larger bag and seal tightly.
- Shake the bag as hard as you can, without popping it open, for 5 minutes or until it reaches the consistency of ice cream.
- Remove the smaller bag and give it a quick rinse to remove any pieces of salt. Make sure you rinse the opening as well.
- Open the ice cream and eat it straight out of the bag with a spoon
- Decorative Window Display
Celebrate the new year by designing your own decorative window display! Not sure you can fit your vision within the frames of your window? Decorate your doors instead!
- Virtual Fun with Family & Friends
Connect with others through the following Zoom activities:
Everyone on the Zoom meeting (kids and adults) brings along one of their favourite items to show and talk about.
Zoom Show-and-Tell (Maker Version)
Everyone brings something they have made (it can be a sweater that someone knit, a painting, a LEGO creation, etc.) to talk about.
Everyone writes a random consonant on a piece of paper. The “time keeper” lets everyone know when to hold up their letter. The “time keeper” records the letters, along with all five vowels (it can be in a Word document) and “shares their screen” so that everyone can see the letters. Everyone has two minutes to write on a piece of paper as many words as they can using the letters. The player who has the most words that are not on anyone else’s list, wins!
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