Winter Wonderland – A Kids Theme Project

Cocoa Cups on tableYou wake up and look outside to see the snow sparkling in the morning light. You check the school’s website and sure enough, it’s the day your children have been waiting all winter for. It’s a snow day! Now the question is, how on earth will you keep them entertained?

Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Whether it’s a snow day, winter break, or a lazy Saturday afternoon, your kids will LOVE these winter activities. All you need are a few simple ingredients and your warmest snow clothes!

Pinecone Birdfeeder

Hung Pinecone feeded

Creating these beautiful pinecone birdfeeders is sure to keep your kiddos entertained. This craft is great because it is inexpensive and easy to make! I’m not sure what they’ll have more fun with, making this craft or watching it in action.

What you’ll need:

  • Peanut Butter
  • 2 Shallow bowls
  • Spoon
  • Pinecones
  • Birdseed
  • String

 Directions:

pinecone dipped in peanut butter and seed

  1. Find your pinecones first. My kids and I have fun walking around the yard finding pinecones. Depending on where you live you can also buy pinecones from most hobby stores!
  2. Spoon some peanut butter into a bowl.
  3. Take your pinecone and roll it in the peanut butter. Make sure it is coated thick and evenly.
  4. Spread the birdseed out in your second shallow bowl.
  5. Roll the peanut butter coated pinecone in the birdseed. You may want something to wash your hands with after this step!
  6. Tie a piece of string around the pinecone and you are ready to throw on the snow gear and go hang your birdfeeder.

Tips:

  • Have wet wipes available- peanut butter can get messy!
  • Hang your birdfeeder close to a window. This way the kids can sit and watch it while they have a treat and color.
  • Have a peanut allergy? No problem- just use vegetable shortening instead!

All-Natural Homemade Hot Chocolate in 4 Easy Steps

After you’ve got those birdfeeders swaying from a branch on your favorite tree, it’s time for a delicious treat! Nothing says snow day better than a warm cup of hot cocoa. My children LOVE this hot chocolate recipe, and I love that it is sweetened with all-natural maple syrup instead of granulated sugar.

Know the Nutrition

Stirring CocoaPure maple syrup compared to white granulated sugar is relatively unprocessed. White granulated sugar starts as cane or beets, which then undergo a long process to become the tiny white crystals we know and love. Unfortunately, this leaves it susceptible to a variety of different chemicals such as, diatomaceous earth, lime, and phosphoric acid. Maple syrup is a great substitute!

We use almond milk in our hot chocolate because it is dairy-free and high in vitamin D. Having a couple lactose intolerant family members makes this the best alternative for us, but you can use any type of milk. The almond milk does give it a delicious vanilla taste though!

All-Natural Homemade Hot Chocolate

Enjoy this simple hot chocolate recipe for those wintery days
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-natural maple syrup
  • 6 cups whatever kind of milk you prefer
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • marshmallows (optional)

What You'll Need

  • 1 stockpot
  • 1 ladle
  • 1 large cooking spoon

Instructions

  • Heat stockpot over the stove top on medium heat. 
  • Add all the ingredients to the stockpot (Cocoa, syrup, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon). Apart from the marshmallows- those come later! 
  • Stir the ingredients with your cooking spoon until they are evenly combined. Continue to stir for 10 minutes or until the hot cocoa is warmed to your liking.
  • Use the ladle to serve and enjoy!

Tips

If you aren't a marshmallow fan, try whipped cream! It is cool and delicious on top of the warm, sweet, cocoa.
Serve with Graham crackers on the side.

Activity

Winter Wonderland Coloring PageOnce the cocoa’s been poured and the birdfeeders have been hung, sit back and relax with this downloadable coloring book. Coloring can provide even more endless entertainment on a snowy day. Download the PDF, print, and you are ready to go. You may even recognize some of the pictures! 😊

Winter Wonderland Coloring Book.pdf

 

Lucy Heiderscheit Lucy Heiderscheit is a business woman and mother with a passion for family, health, and creative writing. As a mother of two she works to create crafts that are educational, fun, and engaging.

Find out more about Lucy and see more of her posts here.

 

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