With the winter weather upon us there will certainly be more opportunities to spend time inside. This time of year can be challenging to occupy kids, especially as covid continues to linger on. As we have to stay home to stay safe it is important to remember how meaningful occupations help get us through trying times. Craft’s, for some, make up the list of meaningful occupations. I know that for me personally, I have taken up crafting with all my newfound time spending at home. Craft’s are a great way for adults and kids alike to participate in an engaging activity from the comfort of their home with inexpensive household supplies. The best part about crafting is there is no right or wrong, there is just having fun and doing your best. Creating things can help individuals achieve flow: a phenomenon that describes a few moments in time when you are so completely absorbed by an activity that nothing else seems to matter.  Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says flow is the secret to happiness – a statement he supports with decades of research. “When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life,” Csikszentmihalyi said during a TED Talk in 2004. “You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.”

These coffee filters are a fun, inexpensive and easy decoration to make during the winter months. One of the best things about this craft is you should have most of these items around your household too. This craft also doubles as a science experiment by mixing colors! Since all of the colors blend together on the coffee filter it does not matter what your child would like to draw for a design. The important thing to remember is you want to encourage your child to leave as little white space as possible in order to ensure the brightest colors possible.

Supplies List:

  • Washable Markers
  • Coffee Filters (smaller size meant for 4-6 cups of coffee works best)
  • Water
  • Eye dropper (small spoon/measuring spoon works as well)

Snowflake Creation Steps:

  1. Fold the coffee filter in half.
  2. Fold the right corner of the coffee filter to the left so that it is 1/3 of the way over.
  3. Fold the left corner of the coffee filter so that the edges line up on the right. (If you open it up to check, you should have perfect thirds.)
  4. Fold the coffee filter in half one last time.
  5. Next cut out the pieces from your folded coffee filters to make your snowflakes.
  6. Cut any design your child would like (half circles, hearts, triangles etc.)

This method of folding will give you a snowflake with exactly 6 points.  Fun winter fact: Did you know that all snowflakes have 6 points!? If it’s too tricky for your kids to get the edges lined up, you can follow a similar method, but instead try folding the coffee filter in half just 4 times. This will give you a snowflake with 8 edges.

By: Katie Campbell, COTA