My December was quite busy with work and other obligations and I found I didn’t have the time to blog, so here are a few things we worked on that didn’t make it to my site earlier this winter.
Paper plate Snowman
This is a pretty quick craft to set up and you most likely have all the materials at home. I stapled two plates together and pre-cut some arms, nose and hat. I also found some buttons and yarn for a scarf.
This is another easy one. I pre-cut a tree, glued it to a plain paper and gave it to the children with a pile of cotton balls and a small dish with liquid glue.
Snow Clay Ornaments
I found the recipe for the clay over at Growing A Jeweled Rose and after making the clay I gave the children some cookie cutters and some random things to decorate with. I used a straw to punch the holes and then we waited a few days for them to dry. After they were dry I painted them with a coating of glitter glue and glued on any decorations that fell off. They really made beautiful Christmas ornaments but really this recipe could be used for any holiday.
Gingerbread Men Ornaments
A fairly similar activity to the above is our gingerbread men. I used our chocolate squirrel dough but found I needed to add a bit more flour as it was pretty wet. You could make and remake as many people as you wish but we were making gifts so we were looking for a finished product. Again use some cookie cutters and decorate with whatever you wish. We used beads and buttons. For the youngest of our group I left the dough in the cutter as she pressed a little too hard/deep with the buttons and lost the shape of the man altogether. You could air dry the men but I ended up speeding up the process by placing them on a lined baking sheet at the lowest temp of my oven for about 30mins, it didn’t fully dry them but at the same time it also didn’t melt the plastics. I didn’t poke holes this time, instead we hot glued some rope at the top.
Bubble wrap snow painting
This is a pretty fun craft using bubble wrap, of course you may want to pop all the bubbles first for double fun. I cut the wrap into chunks and then formed a little ball so the kids would have something to grasp, and used an elastic to hold the shape together. We dipped the bubble wrap into some white paint and then made it snow on some paper. If you switch the colour of paint this could easily be adapted to an underwater theme as well.
Coffee filter snowflakes
We used to use filters but replaced them with a reusable one and so have a whole pack left over, instead of throwing them out I’ve been looking for ways to use them. This craft is the perfect opportunity and is a great way for the kids to get some scissor practice. With regular paper it can be hard to make snowflakes as you have to cut through so many layers of paper, the filter is thin and so it becomes easier to cut.
Fold the filter in half, and then again and again till your desired level of thickness. Then cut shapes out on each edge and unfold