Freebie: Paper Winter Forest Printable Play for Kids

YAY! Our very first free printable is here – just in time for holiday play! Thor’s winter forest – inspired by one of our very own (extremely drooly) team members. Hint: he’s the one with the festive antlers…

This snowy scene is instant miniature play entertainment that can double as adorable winter tabletop decor!

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With a bold style inspired by old printing processes, this graphic DIY winter playset provides a variety of imaginative indoor play opportunities. From storytelling to small-world building – it’s a dreamy winter scene with its own cast of unique characters.

A cute and colorful free printable play winter forest for kids play and holiday decoration I via barley & birch

For more winter-themed small-world ideas, try making your own pinecone pine tree farm, or create a snowy tabletop winter zen garden.

To make your own paper winter play forest you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains Woodpeckers Crafts and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*



  • Wooden Blocks (like these)
  • Mod Podge
  • Inkjet Sticker Paper (like this)
  • Inkjet Temporary Tattoo Paper (like this)
  • Avery Magnet Sheets (like these)
  • Popsicle sticks for puppets

DIY Paper Winter Forest Kids Craft Instructions:

  1. Download the free printable

    Download the free printable files – there are 2 documents in the zip file: a PDF of the printable with animals and trees + background mountains, and a text document with our terms of use.

  2. Print on to heavy cardstock

    The PDF printable of the animals and trees has 2 pages – print page 1, then print page 2 on the REVERSE. Just a note, you don’t have to print on both sides (especially if you’re using this for any of the remixed ideas below). I printed this on a super-thick cardstock to make it a little more durable, but you might want to print out a quick draft first to double-check how your printer handles the reverse printing.

  3. Cut out and play!

    These are not meant to be perfect, so don’t break a sweat over cutting perfectly. As a general rule, the trees and mountains are GREAT practice for little hands still learning how to cut – the animals may take a bit more patience and are better suited for adult scissor skills.

More Winter Forest Paper Play Ideas…

Here are some remixed ideas – the winter forest deep cuts of paper play…

  • Mod Podge onto some big plain wooden blocks  (perfect for smaller hands that play less gently)
  • Print out some super fun temporary tattoos
  • Make a magnet set
  • Stickers! 
  • Frame our winter forest scene with your own backdrop in a shadow-box
  • Tape them on to popsicle sticks to create your own set of stick puppets
A cute and colorful free printable play winter forest for kids play and holiday decoration. I from barley & birch

*For all of the above options just remember you only need to print 1 side – Page 1 only!*

And let’s just break here for a second to interject some planet-saving-ness (our word…probably not a real one) – did you know there are companies that sell eco-friendly, soy-based ink for your home printers??? OH YES. Yes, there are. A couple of examples: Inkpal or Greenerprinter – they’re not available for every single printer, but I was actually pretty impressed with their array.

A cute and colorful free printable play winter forest for kids play and holiday decoration I via barley & birch

We would love love LOOOVVE to see how you guys are playing with these – so snap some pics and send them our way! If you’re on instagram you can tag us (@barleyandbirch) or use the hashtag #barleyandbirch – and want to take our original creation to the next level? You are welcome to get as creative as you want and share away! Our only request is that if you repost somewhere – could you please include a shout-out back to us with the original link to this post instead of a direct link to the files? We would so appreciate it!

Alright paper warriors – play on!

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Amazon, Etsy, or Woodpeckers Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click through to make a purchase we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!

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Amanda E.

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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