Animals, Valentine's Day, Winter

Heart Dog Craft

This heart dog craft is so cute! It makes a great Valentine present or a sweet card to a dog-lover 🙂 My little one loved this craft and he was excited to show it to our dog.

Heart Dog Craft
Hear Dog Craft

Supplies Needed:

How To:

Print off the heart dog craft template. It is a free, downloadable PDF.

picture of heart dog craft

Decide what colors you want to use for your Valentine’s Day doggy and then color all of the pieces on the template. Use your creativity to add whiskers, a patch around one eye, or multi-colored ears. My son wanted to make his craft look like our dog 🙂

After all of the shapes have been colored, cut out the pieces. Rounded edges are hard for little ones, so an adult may need to do the cutting.

On a piece of construction paper, assemble the shapes to form a dog. Look at the sample on the craft template. The large heart is the face; the 2 medium hearts are the ears; 2 ovals are the eyes; and the small heart is the nose.

Glue all of your pieces onto the construction paper. Write a cute Valentine’s Day message: ” I RUFF You,” or “Puppy Love,” or “I HEART You.” Let your dog dry before showing off how cute it is!

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Valentine's Day, Winter

Fingerprint Heart Craft

fingerprint heart craft
Fingerprint Heart Craft

Supplies Needed:

  • construction paper in 2 different colors
  • scissors
  • paint (I like to use Crayola Washable Paints)
  • paper plate or paint pallet

How To:

Instead of using an entire sheet of paper, I cut it in half so it would be less to finger paint. I was worried that my son would get bored if the fingerprinting took a long time. Originally, I cut out a large heart shape from one of the halves. However, my son had trouble seeing it since it was the same color as the paper he was painting. I recommend cutting the heart out of a different color than than the one you will be painting. Once your heart is cut, place it in the middle of the half sheet.

Dip fingertips in paint and then stamp them into your paper. I poured a litte paint of each color on a paper plate for my kiddo to dip his fingers into. I also keep babywipes next to us to quickly clean off fingers!

Surround the heart in fingerprints. Adults might need to help hold the heart in place while kids stamp around it. Be creative and mix and match paint colors. It is ok if fingerprints overlap or touch the heart.

When you are finished adding fingerprints around the heart, gently remove the heart from your paper. Let your project dry.

blue heart image

Thanks for crafting with me 🙂 You can make this fingerprint heart craft for any occasion by swapping the heart for a different shape. Keep this in mind for Christmas and use a tree shape! Check out my crafts page for more ideas.

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Winter

Chinese New Year Books

Chinese New Year Books for Preschool

The Lunar New Year is a world wide celebration, although it is heavily celebrated in East Asia. It ties in with the coming of spring and a time of rebirth. I’ve selected books about the Chinese New Year because I am most familiar with it, but ask your librarian for Lunar New Year books about other cultures! For preschoolers who do not celebrate the holiday at home, these books will provide a gentle introduction. I picked books that are relatively short, have great pictures, and feature some familiar characters to keep kids’ interests.

Chinese New Year Books

Bringing in the New Year

1.Brining in the New Year by Grace Lin–

This is a great choice for preschoolers learning about Chinese New Year. It is a short story, with bright illustrations. In this book, a girl is excited for the new year to come. Her family prepares by cleaning, hanging decorations, getting haircuts, making dumplings, scaring away the bad luck, and participating in the lantern parade. Finally, it is time to wake the dragon and let the new year begin! My son was curious about why the dragon looked different then the dragons he was used to seeing in books, which lead to a discussion about how European dragons and Asian dragons are different from each other.

How to Catch a Dragon

2.How to Catch a Dragon by Adam Wallace–

Preschoolers love Adam Wallace’s “How to Catch a …” series! They have engaging pictures, rhyming text, and are infused with humor. In this Chinese New Year themed story, the kids are out to catch a dragon. They’ve got their traps ready, but the dragon keeps outsmarting them! Preschools will giggle at the kids’ foiled attempts to catch a dragon.

Maisy's Chinese New Year

3. Maisy’s Chinese New Year by Lucy Cousins–

Preschoolers love the bold, bright pictures that are featured in Maisy’s books. Maisy’s stories provide gentle introductions to a wide array of topics. In this Chinese New Year story, Maisy takes the reader through all of the steps involved with preparing for the New Year. Her friends come over to celebrate with her. They all wear red, eat yummy traditional foods, and listen to the story of the Chinese Zodiac. My son loved looking at the Chinese Zodiac and talking about the different animals. He was so curious about why the rat won the race and what animal represented the year he was born! This was a fantastic book to introduce him to Chinese New Year and prompt further questions and discussion.

Peppa's Chinese New Year

4. Peppa’s Chinese New Year

Preschoolers love Peppa Pig! Using a beloved character to teach something new really helps keeps kids engaged. So while this is not the most detailed or the most culturally accurate book on the subject, it will provide preschoolers with a good introduction to the Lunar New Year holiday. In this story, Peppa’s class is going to be celebrating Chinese New Year and the kids are so excited! They decorate the classroom with paper lanterns and put on a dragon dance. Peppa’s enthusiasm is contagious and you might find that your kiddo wants to hang decorations too.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

5.Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim–

This cute story is a Chinese New Year version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It is a little bit on the long side, but it is entertaining! Goldy Luck’s mom asks her to bring a plate of turnip cakes to the neighbors, the Chan family (pandas). But Goldy is hungry and sleepy. Her mother sends her to make the quick delivery. Goldy stumbles into the house to find that the Chans aren’t home. Poop Goldy spills the turnip cakes all over the floor. Before she can clean them up, the smell of rice porridge distracts her. As the tale goes, she eats porridge, tries (and breaks) chairs, and sleeps in the beds. When the Chan family gets home, she wakes up and runs away. In this story, Goldy feels bad to the trouble she caused the Chans and Goldy tries to make amends. She brings porridge, offers to help fix the chair, and clean up the mess she made!

Red is a Dragon

6. Red is a Dragon: a book of colors by Roseanne Thong–

While this story is not about Chinese New Year, it does introduce preschoolers to Chinese American culture. Plus, it helps reinforce color recognition! Told in simple, rhyming text, this is a story about a girl who spots the colors of the rainbow everywhere around her. She goes in rainbow color order, pointing out food, clothing, animals, flowers, toys, clouds, and household items. A glossary at the end of the book explains some of the things that preschoolers might not be familiar with to help further discussion with your kiddo. We had to look up one of the fruits that I didn’t know, so I was learning new stuff too 🙂

Check your library for these Chinese New Year books! I hope you will enjoy them as much as we did. I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. So if you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I might get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support!

Winter

Snowflake Wand Craft

Wands are lots of fun! They make you feel so magical as you wave them around. Add some magical fun to your winter activities with is sparkly snowflake wand craft! This is perfect way to add some whimsy and magic to your little one’s creative play 🙂

snowflake wand craft

Supplies Needed:

How To:

Print off the free PDF snowflake wand template. There are 2 snowflakes on the template so you can make one for the front and one for the back of the wand.

Color your snowflakes and cut them out. Add glitter glue to your snowflakes so that they sparkle! Let your snowflakes dry.

Glue them onto a piece of construction paper, leaving space between the 2 snowflakes. Next, cut out a circle around each of the snowflakes, creating a border of the construction paper.

snowflake wand craft

Tape one of your snowflakes to the dowel rod. Next tape or glue your crepe paper to the back of the snowflake. I used violet and light blue crepe paper and cut it about 12 inches long. I thought the crepe paper was too wide, so I turned it into 2 skinnier pieces.

Now that your streamers are in place, it is time to put the other snowflake onto the wand. Using your glue stick, cover the back of the other snowflake in glue. Attach it onto the back side of the snowflake that is already taped to the dowel. Now your snowflake wand is ready for playtime!

I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. So if you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy crafting 🙂

More Crafts

Secret Snowflake Painting: draw snowflakes with a white crayon and watch your child discover secret snowflakes when they paint over your drawings!

Craft Stick Snowflake: add some sparkly winter fun to your seasonal decorations with this cute craft stick snowflake!

Frozen-Inspired Windsock: create a sparkly snowflake windsock inspired by the movie Frozen!

Winter

Easy Peasy Tissue Snowflake Craft

easy peasy tissue snowflake craft
Easy Peasy Tissue Snowflake Craft

Looking for a quick and easy winter craft to keep your preschooler occupied? Try this easy peasy tissue snowflake craft! All you need is a sheet of paper, tissue paper, a pencil, and a glue stick.

Tissue Snowflake Craft

My son loves blue so we made a blue snowflake on white paper. Pick any color background paper you like and then pick a tissue color that will show up nicely. Draw a basic snowflake shape. Mine took up most of the paper.

Help your kiddo wad up the tissue paper. Our tissue paper came in 1-inch squares so we didn’t have to cut or tear it into small pieces. If you are using a large sheet of tissue paper, cut it into small pieces for your child. I bought a pack of pre-cut tissue squares from Oriental Trading that came in a variety of colors; it is one my go-tos for crafting!

Using your glue stick, glue on your wadded up tissue paper balls along the snowflake lines. Once you have covered the lines completely, you will have a tissue snowflake to show off! Add glitter or sequins if you would like your craft to have some sparkle!

More Snowflake Crafts

There’s just something so magical about snowflakes that I can’t help but be drawn to them! My son and I have made several snowflakes crafts together and they have been a lot of fun 🙂 Here are a few more crafts for you to try:

Secret Snowflake Painting –draw snowflakes with a white crayon and watch your child discover secret snowflakes when they paint over your drawings!

Craft Stick Snowflake: add some sparkly winter fun to your seasonal decorations with this cute craft stick snowflake!

Frozen-Inspired Windsock: create a sparkly snowflake windsock inspired by the movie Frozen!

Winter

Yeti Books for Preschoolers

Yeti Books for kids
Yeti Books

My son discovered the How to Catch series by Adam Wallace and absolutely loves the Yeti book! This brought about a fascination in yetis and we checked out a bunch of yeti books from our library. Here are our 6 favorite yeti books:

The Thing About Yetis

1. The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel–

Forget everything you thought you knew about yetis! Vogel tells us that truth about yetis–they get cold too, and have bad hair days, and even though they love winter, they miss summer sometimes. Preschoolers will giggle at the illustrations and the yeti’s antics throughout this book. Vogel has another Yeti book too, Bedtime for Yeti. Check your library for both of these.

2. How to Catch a Yeti by Adam Wallace–

My son loves the “How to Catch” series, and this yeti story is his favorite! In this silly snowy adventure, the kids set a whole bunch of clever traps to catch a yeti. However, the Yeti easily escapes and the traps backfire on the kids with hilarious results. If you look closely at the illustrations, you can find “hidden” members of the yeti’s family watching the kids.

"Not Yeti" by Kelly Dipucchio

3. Not Yeti by Kelly DiPucchio–

On every page, we find monsters behaving badly, but not Yeti. Yeti is kind and he likes creating better than destroying. He doesn’t seem to fit in with this group of rude, mean creatures. Undeterred when the monsters throw a party and don’t invite him, Yeti throws his own party for his nice friends who he met through acts of kindness. A surprise friend shows up at the end, illustrating that being yourself, even if it makes you different, and treating others with kindness will form that friends that count.

Dear Yeti

4. Dear Yeti by James Kwan–

Wow, we fell in love with this book! Told in the form of letters, two hikers set off in search of Yeti. They send him letters along their journey, explaining that they mean no harm, and keeping Yeti updated on their travels. The Yeti, who grows fond of the letters, helps the hikers along their journey by picking berries for them, building a snow cave to shelter them, saving them from a grizzly bear, and finally, carrying the exhausted hikers home.

Are We There, Yeti?

5. Are We There, Yeti? by Ashlyn Anstee–

Meet Yeti, the bus driver. Yeti takes the kids on a surprise adventure. As they pass familiar places–the park, beach, snow–the kids ask “Are we there, Yeti?” They finally reach their destination and find a bunch of young yetis waiting to play with the children. They have lots of fun playing in the snow together before it is time to return home. This book doesn’t have a lot of words, making it a good choice for young children who can’t sit still very long.

Henry and the Yeti

6. Henry and the Yeti by Russell Ayto–

Young Henry loves yetis even though he hasn’t actually met one. Determined to prove they are real, Henry goes on an adventure, but does not find any evidence that yetis exist, not even a footprint. Just when he is about to give up hope, Henry runs into a yeti. The yeti is really friendly and they have a blast playing together up in the snowy mountains. When Henry returns home he realizes that he left his camera. Without any pictures to prove that the yeti was real, no one believes Henry actually played with one. Henry’s father and the other doubters are shocked when the yeti brings Henry his forgotten camera. This book is sprinkled with humor, including the illustrations, and you and your preschooler will find yourself giggling while you read.

I hope you enjoy these yeti books! My son and I found them all at our library. We did end up buying How to Catch a Yeti because my kiddo loves it so much. I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 🙂

Winter

Frozen-Inspired Windsock:

Do you have a kid who loves the movie Frozen? Or if you are like me, then you are the Frozen fanatic in your household! I love this movie and my family is kind enough to indulge my obsession. Fortunately, my son thinks Olaf is hilarious, so my kiddo was happy to make this Frozen-inspired windsock craft with me!

Frozen-Inspired Windsock
Frozen-Inspired Windsock

Supplies Needed:

  • white cardstock (preferably), but regular printer paper will do
  • markers
  • glitter/glitter glue
  • sequins
  • glue stick
  • white glue (for adding glitter and sequins)
  • crepe paper in blues and/or violet — Amazon has a pastels multi-pack and a “mermaid” colored pack of crepe paper
  • ribbon
  • stapler (optional)
  • hole punch

How To:

Print the free snowflake template onto white cardstock. I have a laser printer and it didn’t want to print on cardstock so I had to print on regular printer paper.

Frozen-Inspired Windsock

Decorating time!!! Color the snowflakes with markers. We outlined some of our snowflakes and completely colored-in others, using skinny markers. Use your creativity to make your snowflakes Elsa worthy. Add glitter/glitter glue and sequins onto the snowflakes and around the background. Make your windsock super sparkly! My son and I love using glitter glue. Crayola Washable Glitter Glue Pens are my favorite because they are so easy to wipe up. Let your project dry after you’ve added all of your glitter and sequins.

Cut your crepe paper into 12-inch long strips. Make a total of 6 strips. Once your project is dry, turn it over and glue the crepe paper along the bottom of the windsock. We used a glue stick to attach the crepe paper.

Turn the windsock front-facing so that you are looking at the snowflakes. Gently fold the windsock so that the 2 vertical edges touch each. Glue the 2 sides together so that it forms a tube. You can also stapled them together to add more support if you are using cardstock . Now your project should look like a windsock!

Cut your ribbon; ours is about 2 feet long. Punch a hole on both sides of the windsock — make the holes towards the top of the windsock. Tie your ribbon to both holes so that you can hang your windsock. We hung ours by a window so that it can blow when we get a breeze. We think Elsa would be proud of our Frozen-inspired windsock 🙂

Frozen-inspired windsock craft

 I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. So if you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy crafting 🙂

More Crafts

Secret Snowflake Painting –draw snowflakes with a white crayon and watch your child discover secret snowflakes when they paint over your drawings!

Craft Stick Snowflake: add some sparkly winter fun to your seasonal decorations with this cute craft stick snowflake!

Winter

Snowman Books

preschool snowman books
Preschool Snowman Books

Building a snowman is snow much fun! Building a snowman is one of our favorite winter things to do as a family. However, even without snow, you can have some snowman fun with these 8 snowman books. Check out your library for these and other great snowman books!

8 Snowman Books:

1. The Biggest Snowman Ever by Stephen Kroll–

Friends, Clayton and Desmond, each want to build the biggest snowman ever and win the town competition! These 2 little mice find that building a big snowman is hard work by yourself. They get a great idea to work together to build the biggest snowman. Can they do it? Check your library for this book to find out 🙂

snowman books: "How to Catch a Snowman" by Adam Wallace

2. How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace–

In this snowman book from the “How to Catch” series, the kids build a snowman who magically comes to life and runs around the school! Now they have to try to trap him. The snowman is much too clever for their traps and leads the kids around on a winter-inspired chase! Will they ever catch him? Preschoolers will enjoy this whimsical story and rhyming text.

snowman books: "There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow"

3. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro–

In this silly rhyming story, a cold lady swallows snow (brrr), a scarf, coal, a pipe and other crazy things. Just what is she doing? Finally she can’t take the cold snow inside her tummy anymore so she hiccups twice and a snowman pops out of her mouth. Preschoolers love the rhyming story, the wacky illustrations, and the snowman at the end!

snowman books: "Just a Snowman"

4. Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer–

My son loves the Little Critter stories! If you aren’t familiar with this series, it is about a little kid (Little Critter), who tries his hardest, but in the process, often makes messes, causes problems, and general disarray! Preschoolers can relate! In this story, Little Critter and Little Sister set out to enjoy a fun snow day. Little Critter wants to build a snowman, but first, he has to help his sister, his dad, and his friend with their snow activities. Finally, Little Critter gets to build his snowman and it turns out great!

snowman books: "Snowman At Night"

5. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner–

Buehner’s Snowmen have a lot of stories, but this one is my favorite. It explains why our snowmen never look quite the same the next morning. You see, when everyone goes to bed, the snowmen, snowwomen, and snow kids come to life! This is a such a cute story. Told in rhyming text with fantastic illustrations, the reader gets to learn about all of the fun games and activities snowmen do when all of the people are asleep.

Snowman books: "Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert

6. Snowballs by Lois Ehlert —

I love Lois Ehlert’s collage style pictures that accompany her books! In this wintery story, it is time to build a snow family and snow pets. Ehlert uses lots of collected objects, from seeds to buttons, to decorate the snow family. This is a sparsely worded story, making it a great for wiggly preschoolers. Don’t count on too many wiggles though, because kids will be pouring over the pictures! At the end of the story, Ehlert includes a guide to all of the decorative objects, snow facts, and pictures of real snowmen.

snowman books: "Sneezy the Snowman"

7. Sneezy the Snowman by

Get ready to laugh at this story! Sneezy the snowman is cold, so the kids come up with ideas to warm him up. However, each warm idea turns Sneezy into a puddle! While the story borders on absurd, preschoolers and kindergartners love it! In this rhyming story, the kids share their warm clothes and clever ideas to keep Sneezy from being too cold and too hot.

Disney's "Do You Want a Hug?

8. Do You Want a Hug? (a Disney Frozen book) by Kevin Lewis–

Join Olaf (my favorite snowman) in a game of hide-and-seek in the wintery world of Frozen’s Arendelle. This is a fun interactive book, where the reader gets to “play” with Olaf. Olaf’s joy is contagious as he asks the reader to give him a hug. Olaf runs splat into the book page and bonks his nose. He mistakenly thinks that the reader is playing a game and that he can’t get a hug until the game is over. Olaf suggests Leap Troll and Ring Around the Reindeer before settling on hide-and-seek. All right, no peeking as Olaf hides. Can you find him?

I hope you enjoy these snowman books! My son and the preschoolers at the library’s storytime group really liked all of these books. I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. If you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 🙂

More Snowman Fun!

I have 2 snowman crafts to share with you and a fun winter STEM activity. My son and I enjoyed making these together and we think you have a lot of fun too. We recycled an empty toilet paper roll and turned it into a snowman. It is now part of our winter decorations! We also made a snowman stick puppet. My kiddo had a lot of fun playing with his puppet. We also made Winter Fizz as our STEM activity. It is a sparkly, fizzing science experiment!

Toilet Paper Roll Snowman: turn an empty toilet paper roll into a cute snowman.

Snowman Stick Puppet: download this free PDF template and make your own stick puppet!

Winter Fizz: This is a fun and easy way to incorporate science into your preschooler’s learning. Make sparkly, fizzing “snow” out of baking soda, vinegar, and glitter.

Winter

Snowman Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Make a little snowman toilet paper roll craft to add to your winter decorations! My son and I love snowmen and we have quite a few snowmen decorations around our house this winter. Unfortunately for my son, most of them are fragile and can’t be used as toys, so this craft was the perfect thing to make. As you can see in the picture, our snowman went on an outdoor adventure and found himself stuck in a plant. Don’t worry, another toilet paper roll craft saved him 🙂

toilet paper roll snowman caft
Snowman Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 empty toilet paper roll
  • white paper
  • 2 googly eyes
  • orange paper (or color a carrot nose on white paper)
  • marker
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • 3 pom-poms
  • glue/glue dots
  • stapler (optional)

This is just one way to make a toilet paper. I don’t expect anyone to run out to a craft store for supplies. Please feel free to make substitutions!

Snowman How-To:

Measure your toilet paper roll by laying it on a piece of white paper and marking how tall your toilet paper roll is. Then wrap the paper around to see the width. Cut your paper out. This is a good opportunity for preschoolers to practice cutting straight lines.

Now that you have your white rectangle, glue it onto your toilet paper roll. Sometimes the edges just don’t want to stay down, so you can use a stapler to better secure the paper to the toilet paper roll.

Time to make a face for your snowman. I cut out a “carrot” nose from orange paper. My son attached his googly eyes and then glued on the nose. He chose to draw a smile on his snowman. I think it would also be cute to make a smile out of little black dots to look like coal (maybe for our next one).

Its decorating time! My son picked 3 red pom-poms to be buttons and red pipe cleaner to be the snowman’s scarf. Pick out your favorite colors! First we twisted the pipe cleaner around the snowman to make the scarf. Then, we used white school glue to attach the pom-poms. Glue dots would great for attaching pom-poms if you have some on hand. Now that you’ve finished decorating, pick out a great spot to display your snowman!

Check out my Winter Crafts page for more craft ideas. I have Snowman Stick Puppet craft that is quick, easy, and fun!

Winter

Snowman Stick Puppet Craft

snowman stick puppet craft

One of my favorite things about winter are snowmen! I love making real snowmen, putting up snowman decorations, reading snowman books, and making snowmen crafts 🙂 I created this simple snowman stick puppet for son and the kiddos at the library to enjoy.

Supplies Needed:

How To:

snowman stick puppet sample

Print the free Snowman Stick Puppet Template. Regular printer paper works just fine, but you can also use cardstock for a sturdier puppet.

This is a pretty quick and easy project to make. Color all of your snowman pieces. I think color pencils work best for this craft, but lots of kids used crayons and their snowman puppets turned out great! One kid added a snowflake sticker to the snowman’s body; another used glitter glue to make the scarf sparkle.

Cut out the pieces and arrange them into a snowman shape. My son needed help cutting out the scarf and the hat, but did great with the circles.

Glue your snowman pieces together so that they are all attached. Then glue a craft stick to the back of your snowman.

Ta-da, you have a cute snowman puppet! Let your puppet dry before playing with it. Fortunately glue sticks dry pretty quickly.

Looking for more things to make? Check out my Winter Crafts page for more fun ideas.