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Winter is Here Quilt!

by First Stage Publishing Company on 01/31/18

When it’s too cold to play outside, light a fire on your TV to keep cozy, and enjoy a fantastic art project.  Each child makes two separate paintings of a snowman and a snowflake, which can be attached together to form a quilt of paintings.

Materials Needed

Glue, sea/table salt, white tempera paint and other colors for details, blue construction paper, paint brushes, q-tips, cotton balls, recycled pie tins, white paper.


  • Language Arts Vocabulary: seasons, snow, snow people, snowflakes, border/frame, scarf, hat
  • Math: counting, shapes
  • Activity: tearing, painting, gluing   
To Make Hand-Print Snowflakes:

 White paint is poured into a pie tin, or tinfoil formed into a saucer. Each child will put his or her hand into the paint and makes 3-5 hand-prints on the blue construction paper.  Turn the paper after each hand-print, so their fingers will resemble a snowflake.  While the paint is still wet, have children sprinkle salt on the snowflake to make it shimmer.   


To Make Snow People: 

Children start by tearing white paper into pieces using and strengthening their finger muscles. The small pieces are glued around the edge of the blue construction paper to make a border.  Have children count the number of torn paper pieces used.  Snow People are made by painting different sized circles with the white paint.

Scarves, hats, arms, and facial features are added by painting with a q-tip, brush, or fingers.    Children can decorate the snow person and background with cotton balls, by gluing them to the paper, and adding falling snow with the white paint.

For similar hands-on, creative art activities that meet the Pre-school Learning Foundations, California Kindergarten & Common Core Standards, see ART Really Teaches  pg. 18-22.

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