This twig snowflake craft for kids is a great way to incorporate process art into the winter season. Kids can crumpled tissue paper to create all kinds of winter snowflakes with sticks, and use them to decorate the classroom, their home, or even turn them into Christmas ornaments. The winter art project also provides lots of fine motor practice.
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Collect some sticks or twigs on your next walk outside with your kids or students and use the materials you collected to make these fun and creative snowflakes! It’s such a simple and fun way to incorporate natural materials into your seasonal art project. This process art activity is great for any age- toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten.
Twig Snowflake Craft for Kids
Materials for Twig Snowflake Craft for Kids
- Sticks or twigs (You can also use popsicle sticks or even these wood log sticks. If you want to make really large snowflakes, these natural bamboo sticks would be cool!
- Hot glue gun to form your sticks into a snowflake shape
- White and/or silver paint and a paintbrush
- White, gray, or light blue tissue paper squares (You can buy the tissue paper pre-cut or cut your own squares.)
- Liquid glue
- Scissor and string or yarn for hanging
Directions for Twig Snowflake Craft for Kids
1. Take three twigs or sticks about the same length (you might need to break them so they’re the same length) and thickness and glue them together in a snowflake shape with your hot glue gun. (An adult should do this step for younger children.)
2. Cover your work station so kids have the freedom to create their snowflakes without worrying about making a mess. I like to use drop cloths since they can be reused for other art projects, but you could also cover your table with newspaper or butcher paper.
3. Paint the twig snowflakes with white tempera or acrylic paint. Let dry. (Tempera paint will dry more quickly than the acrylic paint.)
4. Place the glue and tissue paper squares out where the children can access them easily.
5. Show kids how to crumple the tissue paper squares and glue them onto the twigs. Encourage them to glue as many crumpled tissue paper squares onto their stick snowflakes as they’d like.
6. Set them aside to dry.
7. When they’re finished, hang the snowflakes as a festive seasonal decoration or use them as Christmas ornaments.
Tips and Ideas
- Try decorating your twig snowflakes in a different way: wrap yarn around them, or glue things to them like sequins, confetti, glitter, buttons, opal glitter, pom poms, or even these card stock mosaic tiles.
- You can tie twine around the center of your snowflakes to give them a more rustic look.
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