Winter Weather

Visit the links below to learn more about winter weather preparations and how you can keep you and your family safe this season:

Severe Winter Weather

El Nino and Winter Weather

Preparing for Winter Weather

Storm Safety

Winter Bird Feeders

How to Build
Your Own
Bird Feeders
Looking for some fun, inexpensive ways to have fun with your family this winter season? Try a few crafts indoors such as:

~ Portly Penguin

~ Snowman Cotton Ball Craft

~ Salt Crystal Snowflake

Craft Instructions

Family Fun - Winter Crafts


Portly Penguin

Total Time Needed: Afternoon or Evening Image example courtesy of familyfun.go.com

Materials:

12-inch balloon
Plaster cloth (such as 2 packages of Activa Rigid Wrap) cut into 6-inch strips
Scissors
Shallow pan of warm water
Bowl
Aluminum foil
Masking tape
Acrylic paints and brushes
Craft foam and stapler or foam tape (for variations)


Instructions:

PLASTER CLOTH BASICS

Pick your wrap: Plaster cloth, sold at most craft supply stores, is manufactured by a number of companies and comes in different-size rolls. For these projects, Activa Rigid Wrap brand; two 4- by 180-inch rolls make one 12-inch plaster pal (one roll per package, $6; dickblick.com).

Cover the work surface: Use a disposable tablecloth to protect your work station (consider setting up outside on a picnic table) and have kids wear washable clothing. The plaster dissolves in water and washes out easily, but it can be quite messy.
Choose your base: Balloons and aluminum foil work well as the base materials for our plaster projects, but you can also use cardboard, plastic cartons, Styrofoam balls, and other sturdy craft materials.
Protect the plaster: Avoid splashing water on the unused plaster cloth. Any drips will harden permanently and won't smooth out.
Let it dry: Drying times vary greatly depending on temperature, humidity, and the number of layers of cloth. To speed up the process, you can follow the package directions for using a microwave or a conventional oven, or place the project in a sunny spot.
*Instead of adding a plaster beak, simply paint one on after the plaster is completely dry.

*Instead of curling the tips of the wings (as in step 4), curl the penguin's wings in the middle, close to the body.

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KKCO News Videos

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Snow Sledding


Wintertime often brings with it boredom and sadness due to being stuck in the house while the weather is dreary and cold. But, there is no reason for it to have to be this way. One of the least expensive and fun ways to get out in the fresh air and have a good time this winter is to go snow sledding.


To go snow sledding all you have to have is a sled (or something similar that will slide on snow), snow, a hill, and yourself. The whole family can dress in snow gear, and head out for a day of fun on the hills. Most areas that get much snow have popular places for sledding that can easily be found while driving around.


Still, snow sledding is not as easy as it may appear. In fact, CLICK HERE to watch some very entertaining and eye-opening videos of a few awesome snow sledding wipeouts and bloopers! These videos provide the best reasons for why you must Click Here and learn all you can about the wonderful world of snow sledding!

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