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Winter Wonderland: Snow Forts

The weather has been a little wacky out here on the west coast. For the first time in a LONG time we have rain, and in some places, snow! That means kids of all ages are out enjoying the wonderful white stuff and all the crazy outdoor activities it offers up. All of you midwesterners and east coasters may be thinking we are a little over excited, but when it happens as often as it does it is certainly something to celebrate.

We have enjoyed some fun and outrageous snowman building, snowball fights, and snow angel making. But the one we have yet to try, since it requires more snow than we currently have, is a snow fort. Our goal is to head further north to a higher elevation so the kids can experience some true snow. When we do that we are very excited to try to build a snow fort. We have even looked up some interesting ideas. This one is a bit over ambitious for us. But the foundation is solid, and it brings to mind that we want to use some form of a mold or uniform building block style to make the fort sound. That is why we went looking at snow molds. We even found one that we are ordering for our big trip.

Snow forts

This little kit will help us to create a good solid foundation that will eventually turn in to a snow fort we can be proud of. It is a little pricey for an item we will probably only use once a year, but it is for a fun once in a lifetime experience we want our kids to have with us so we have justified the price. We are very excited to use it and play for hours in the snow (or at least until the youngest starts to complain!) We hope that no matter where you are you are enjoying a little piece of a winter wonderland as well!

DIY Snow-globes!

DIY Snow-globes!

Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean that you have to put away all your favorite winter decorations. Sure Snow-globes are very popular during the holidays but they are excellent expressions of the wonderful winter world so why not keep them out all winter long? You can even make your own winter Snow-globe. This Snow-globe craft is simple, fun, and leaves you with a beautiful piece of art that you can enjoy all winter long!

We found the perfect tutorial for baby food jar snow-globes at a great craft blog entitled U Create Crafts. This great blog is written and managed by Kari and Becky. These two mom crafters love to share their incredible ideas on all things creative. Together they write and manage a blog that focuses on all things crafty from glue crafts, to sewing, and cooking. They share fun activities and crafts that include awesome easy-to-follow tutorials for others to follow. This month we want to highlight their incredible baby food jar snow-globes.

What You Will Need:

  • Baby food jars (you can also use small mason jars, or regular mason jars)
  • Plastic toys that will fit into your jar
  • Glitter
  • Silicone Sealant
  • Glue Gun
  • Water

You will want to pick an object or item that you love. You can also make an incredible snow scene with small figurines from a hobby lobby or similar store. Then all you need to do is check out the incredible step-by-step tutorial created by Kari and Becky. Their pictures make the steps easy-to-follow and understand. This is a great craft for your boys to get involved in. They can create snow-globes that feature their favorite sport, tv show, movie, or hobby. The possibilities are endless. They also make an excellent keepsake. With Christmas just over you can even use a small toy that your son has outgrown but doesn’t want to give up yet. Now he can keep it forever as a special keepsake.

Don’t forget to check out the incredible tutorial and many others at U Create Crafts!