17 Fun & Easy January Crafts For Preschoolers

January is a time of new beginnings and winter fun. That’s why in this article, we’ll be focusing on fun winter crafts and New Years crafts you can try with your preschoolers! PS. We’ve got more crafts for kids here!

Fun January crafts for preschoolers

Below you’ll find out curated list of 17 fun and easy winter crafts for preschoolers! Make sure to visit the site linked in each project’s description for instructions, printables, and more!

Homemade Party Poppers

party popper January crafts for preschoolers
Photo: Red Ted Art

While your toddler may be bummed out that fireworks are too dangerous for them, these safe party poppers should quickly lift their spirits again! These were originally features in our arts and crafts for 3 year olds blog if you need more ideas! Click here for the tutorial.

Snow Slime

Photo: No Time For Flashcards

Kids LOVE playing with slime, and this fun recipe is one they can make themselves! Such a fun craft. Click here to get this winter craft tutorial.

Fireworks Painting

Photo: Danya Banya

New Years means fireworks! So, let your kids get into the spirit of things with this cool firework painting method from Danya Banya. It’s also a great way to re-use stuff you’d otherwise throw away.

Hand Print Paper Penguins

Photo: Crafty Morning

Paper crafts are always fun. This one uses your hands to make the penguin’s feet – cute! Click here to get the instructions for this kid’s craft.

Snow Painting

Photo: Happy Hooligans

This activity can be done inside or outside. Give your kids some water paint colors and let them decorate the snow! Super easy and fun activity for everyone. Click here to see the materials needed.

Fluffy Pom Pom Penguins

Photo: Easy Peasy Fun

Make this fluffy penguin from pom poms and paper to hang up as a winter decoration! Click here to get the instructions.

Melting Snowman


This one is part craft, part science experiment! You’ll start by mixing up the “snow” and building your snowman. Then you get to melt him thanks to a safe and fun chemical reaction. Click here to learn how to make this.

Ice Ornaments

Photo: Red Ted Art

Make your own ornaments.. courtesy of nature! These ice ornaments are cool outside decorations you can make for cheap, or almost free with stuff outside! Click here to get the instructions.

Polar Bear Masks

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Make these cute masks for playtime and be polar bears in the snow! Click here for the materials and instructions.

Pom Pom Mittens

Photo: No Time For Flashcards

Decorating with pom poms is always the right choice. However, you could also make this cute mitten craft with stencils, stickers, or whatever else you want. Click here to see how to do it.

Pinecone Owl

Photo: Easy Peasy Fun

A clever craft made with pinecones and cotton balls! Easy and cheap to make for kids of all ages and you get to go have fun outside collecting your pinecones first too! Click here to get the instructions.

Snowflake Salt Painting

Photo: Best Ideas For Kids

Salt painting is always a fun activity, and it’s a dirt cheap kids craft that all ages can enjoy. All you’ll need to get started is cardstock, salt, glue, and some watercolors. You likely already have most of what you need to get started, but click here to get the free snowflake templates!

Handprint polar Bears

Photo: Simple Every Day Mom

The handprint turkey is a kids crafts staple, but it gets an upgrade here! Trace your hands to make this cute little polar bear craft courtesy of Simple Every Day Mom. It’s a great winter craft for kids that love animals, and it’s also a great opportunity to teach your little ones some fun polar bear facts.

Fun polar bear fact: Did you know that a polar bear’s fur isn’t white? It’s actually transparent with a hollow core that reflects light. This helps the bears blend in with their surroundings – a useful trick, especially when hunting wary seals! Get more polar bear facts at Nat Geo Kids.

Winter Sun Catcher

Photo: Buggy and Buddy

Looking for a fun craft you can hang up and show off? This simple and cute winter sun catcher will look great in your window, and it’s easy to make. Click here to get the tutorial.

Melted Snowman Collage

This is a really fun one that allows for great creativity! You’ll need to help a bit by cutting out the shapes, but it’s a fun craft that kids of all ages can enjoy. Just hand out the shapes and let them create their own snowman, so cool! Click here to see some more photos and the materials list.

Make Your Own Puffy Snow Paint

Photo: 123Homeschool4Me

This one allows your kids to help make their own crafting materials! This fun, fluffy, non-toxic craft can then be used to make lots of other cool stuff like snowmen or winter scenes. You’re only limited by your imagination with this one and kids will get a kick out of making the paint. Click here to see how to make it and get project ideas.

Snowy Tree Painting

Photo: Gluedtomycraftsblog

I love how this craft uses stuff you’d throw away! Got some bubble wrap and paper plants? If so, you can make this cute winter tree. It’s super easy and anyone can do it. Click here to get the instructions and free printable tree template you can use for this craft.

Okay folks! That’s our list, but there are sooo many fun winter crafts for preschoolers out there. This is just a small sample! I’ll be on the hunt to add more great projects to this list when I find them, and don’t forget to keep checking back to our blog for more craft ideas!

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