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Keep little hands busy both indoors and out with our favorite cold-weather projects for kids.
On chilly days, slip kids' hands into mittens you've decorated to look like ferocious beasts.
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Days of winter weather can make kids stir crazy. When cabin fever strikes, clear some floor space and roll out an indoor hopscotch mat.
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Invite young friends to gather around a table made of snow. Tightly pack snow (wet snow works better than the powdery kind) into two large galvanized tubs, and leave it overnight to harden. Overturn one tub, unmold the snow, and then overturn the second tub on top. (To ease the way, set the frozen tubs inside a garage or a shed for a half hour to warm the snow.) For a seat, use the same trick and a 5-gallon bucket.
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Kids can happily occupy themselves cutting out dozens of paper snowflakes, which can be used to decorate your home this season.
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Kids love to play with modeling clay -- whether they're sculpting it, pounding it, or throwing it. Replenish their supply this winter with colorful clay that's perfect for a snow day.
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Homemade globes let you create a wintry scene straight out of your own imagination.
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A muffler with sewn-up compartments offers all kinds of possibilities. Objects can be stockpiled, cleverly hidden, or simply toted along for a very warm ride.
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These adorable soaps make great gifts and are also a fun anytime craft.
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Kids can turn candy into lively decorations on a cold winter day. Set up a table with bowls of candy, and let kids bring the colorful treats to life.
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Using several household items, kids can create a snowy scene to depict their favorite things about winter.
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When things get stuffy, a felt hankie holder will come in handy. With felt, glue, and a needle and thread, young sewers can make this simple tissue pouch.
Cut a 6 1/4-by-4 3/4-inch rectangle of felt with pinking shears; fold in edges to meet at center. Sew ends with a running stitch. Backstitch an initial on a cutout heart; apply with fabric glue.
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