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If you’re a parent you know how crazy mornings before school can get.  Between packing lunches, eating breakfast, and remembering to sign the permission slip, it’s no wonder so many kids get on the school bus without a hat in the winter or an umbrella for the rain.  When parents need their kids to dress themselves in the morning, lets face it– the outfits can get pretty creative.  Help your kids at least dress for the weather with this fun weather reminder craft.  So even if it’s polka dot socks and a plaid dress, at least she’ll have her hat and mittens for the scattered snow showers during recess.

Things you will need:

  • Card stock in the skin color of your choice and in a neutral color such as white
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • Markers
  • Velcro
  • Yarn in the hair color of your choice
  • Construction paper (optional)

Step 1: Using your pencil, draw or trace the outline of a person onto the skin-colored card stock.  Cut the person out along the outline.

Step 2: Use your markers to draw and fill in any details such as the face and underpants.

Step 3: Lay your person face up on top of a neutral-colored piece of card stock.  Trace only from the neck down.  Repeat this step as many times as you will have outfits.  This is a good time to help your child list the types of weather.  Some good ones include rainy, snowy, hot, and cool days.  Depending on where you live you can create an outfit for every type of weather you experience.  Cut each of your body pieces out.

Step 4: Measure and cut the yarn to the length of your child’s hair.  Glue it to the head of the cutout and let dry.

Step 5: While the yarn hair is drying color the outfits on each of the body pieces you drew and cut out.  If you prefer, you can glue on construction paper cutouts for the outfit pieces instead of using a marker.  This is a good opportunity to have your child practice listing the types of clothing we wear during certain types of weather.  You can prompt them with things like “When do we wear our mittens and hat?  When it’s raining?”

Step 6: Cut out and glue (or use peel and stick) velcro pieces to your clothes and the person.  For example, use one “fuzzy” piece for the body and all “prickly” pieces on the clothes.  Stick one piece on the front chest area of the person and the opposite piece at about the same location on the backs of the outfits.  Let dry and attach the clothes to the person.

Congratulations!  You have made an easy weather reminder!  Stick your person to the fridge with a magnet or tape.  Each morning you can change the outfit on your person to reflect the weather for the day.  Now when your child needs to get dressed in the morning they can use this as a guide to make sure they’ve appropriately dressed to fit the weather!  Did you do this project?  How did it turn out?  Please feel free to share your comments and pictures in the comments section.  Happy crafting!


If you love play dough why not take it one step further by making your own?  This project is like two crafts in one because you get to make your own easy salt dough in the kitchen and finish by painting your dough person later in the craft room!  The original dough recipe can be found here.

Craft.birthday 002Things you will need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Rolling pin or other play dough tools
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • Salt (1 cup)
  • Flour (1 cup, may add more)
  • Water (1/2 cup, may add more)
  • Paint or markers

Craft.birthday 003Step 1: Begin by mixing one cup of fine salt and one cup of flour in a mixing bowl. Please note that for the purposes of this demonstration I reduced my proportions.

Craft.birthday 008Step 2: Add half a cup of water to start.

Craft.birthday 010Step 3: Mix or kneed the dough with a spoon or your hands.  Add more water if the dough is too crumbly and add more flour if the dough is too sticky.

Craft.birthday 012Step 4: Once you have a ball of dough roll it out on the table (use wax paper to avoid sticking) and use cookie cutters to cut out people shapes.

Craft.birthday 015Step 5: Once you have your desired shapes cut out let them dry overnight.

Craft.birthday 019Step 6: Once your piece is completely dry brush off any excess flour and use your paint, markers and other decorations to color and decorate your person.

Craft.birthday 022Congratulations!  Now you have a salt dough person.  If you have extra dough you can make an entire family.  If you don’t have a cookie cutter in the shape of a person, try making other shapes instead!  Once your shapes are complete you can glue magnets to the back or glue on popcicle sticks to make puppets.  Did you do this project?  How did it turn out?  Please feel free to post your pictures and comments in the comments section!

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