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March 29, 2010 18:43 by Barbara Shelby

 

 

 Updated January, 2013

 SUGAR CUBE IGLOO

First talk about how igloos are made and their use.

I've read that you can use either sugar cubes and frosting or ice cubes and salt which helps stick the cubes together ---but the below is one of the most complete methods I've seen. I copied it long ago but don't remember from where...sorry.

Start by laying a base row of sugar cubes around a 7-inch-diameter cardboard circle, leaving space for the entrance. Using a mortar of 2 egg whites mixed with 3 cups confectioners' sugar, add subsequent layers of cubes, one row at a time, decreasing the circumference gradually as you go.


Apply the mortar to the top cubes, not to those already in place. Be sure to work alternately left and right from the entrance toward the back of the igloo and stagger the cubes the way a builder lays bricks.


Build a total of 10 layers, stopping halfway through the construction to let the igloo dry. Make the arch and roof separately, working on a flat surface. When they are dry, glue them in place. Allow the igloo to dry completely, then sprinkle with a blizzard of sugar.
(If you ever do this--would you please let me know via the contact page?)

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BALLOON AND YARN SNOWBALLS

Blow up a balloon to a size of a softball; cut about a 2 to 3 foot of white yarn and put it in bowl of Elmer's glue. Take out the yarn and begin wrapping it around balloon. When done wrapping --- sprinkle it with white or silver glitter. Hang the balloon to dry for 24 hrs or till the glue is dry--- then pop the balloon! You have this pretty snowball to hang from your ceiling or on branches.

Sample photos courtesy of  More mom time...

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SPARKLING SNOW DOUGH

2 cups water
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
4 tsp. oil
iridescent glitter
Combine ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon. until mixture thickens and pulls away from sides of pan. Form dough into a ball, place on waxed paper and cool. Knead in glitter.
This in the play dough recipes--but good for winter time!

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MAKE SNOW PAINT

Materials:
White glue
Shaving cream
Paper
Paintbrush

Measure equal parts white glue and shaving cream.
Mix the two ingredients together. It should be very thick and fluffy. Perfect for making a Snowman or winter snowdrift scene! (Kindergartener made for KidActivities.net)

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SCENTED PINE CONES
Scented Pine Cones Materials:
Pine cones, Pine or fir pure essential oil, Lidded container, box or plastic bag, Facial tissue

1. Fill container, box or plastic bag with dry, clean pine cones.
2. Liberally sprinkle tissue with essential oil and add to bag or container.
3. Seal the bag or container and allow oil to penetrate cones for several days before removing (the longer the cones are contained, the stronger the fragrance will be). 

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MITTEN PRINTS
 
Great if you have younger children-but  some of the older may also think this is fun.

Put out old mateless mittens. Place sponges in shallow containers and pour in tempera paint. Have kids put on the mittens and press their hand on the paint-soaked sponges. Place mittens on the paper to make prints. (A little different then traditional hand-print!)

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TOILET PAPER TUBE PRINTS

Take toilet paper tubes and make DIFFERENT length cuts at the end of the tubes. Bend back the ends and flare them out.. Dip the flared edges in white paint. The tube make a great holder!

As each tube is cut differently, you will have a variety of snowflakes! When finished- sprinkle the snowflakes with glitter.
For variety, cut the strips in the cardboard tubes with wavy edged scissors... each snowflake will have different patterns.

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CONSTRUCTION PAPER & TOOTHBRUSH EVERGREEN TREE

Cut an evergreen tree out of green construction paper. Place it inside a box lid to catch the splatter. Dip toothbrush in white paint. Moving the brush above picture, gently rub thumb across tops of bristles to spatter paint. The tree will look like it's been caught in a snowstorm

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DOILEE ART SNOWFLAKE PRINTS 

Place dollies on black or dark colored paper. Sponge paint over the dollies with white paint. When the dollies are removed your pictures will look like snowflakes!

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SNOWFLAKES FROM STYROFOAM BALLS 

Need for one snowball:
Seven toothpicks, 1 inch styrofoam balls, 1/2 liquid starch, 1 cup laundry powder, electric mixer, waxed paper, 24 inch pieces of string, glitter.

Tie the 24 inch string to one toothpick. Push 6 other toothpicks into the ball in a starburst pattern. Beat the starch and laundry powder to make a stiff paste. Working on the wax paper, dip the "snowflake" into the starch/soap mixture. Sprinkle it with glitter while it is still set. Hang them from the ceiling by the string to dry and display!

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ICY 'JELL-O OR KOOL-AID' ART

Need: Kool-Aid or Jell-O (in powder form), Ice, Paper
Make ice in a Popsicle mold or an ice-cube ray with toothpicks stuck in before frozen. Sprinkle Kool-Aid or Jell-O (powdered Tempera paint ok too) on the paper. Use the ice Popsicle to push the powder around and design.

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CHALK SNOWSCAPES

Materials:
Dark construction paper
White chalk
Winter stencils/template shapes
cotton balls.
 
1. Create some winter stencils and templates in advance.
2. Trace winter shapes onto cardstock or manila folders. Carefully cut shapes out.

3. Place the template on a sheet of dark construction paper---The paper should be at least 2" larger than the stencil or template on all sides.
4. Use chalk to trace around template/stencil.
5. While still holding the stencil firmly in place, gently brush chalk line toward the edges of the paper with a cotton ball.
6. Remove the stencil. The shape will be defined by a crisp line, but surrounded by soft "snowy" shadows.

You can also use snow-scapes to create winter cards.

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TWO MOBILES ON HANGERS...

#1 NIGHT SKY MOBILES
Make moon and star shaped templates for the children to trace and then cut out. (Use a card-stock paper) Decorate the shapes with sliver glitter. Punch a hole in shape-top... and hang individual shapes from the hanger with yarn... at different levels.
 

#2 SNOWFLAKE MOBILES
 
Need lightweight paper for cutting in about 4" x 4 squares, hole punch, scissors, hangers and yarn.

Round the corners of the paper to create a circle. Fold the circle in half....and then in half again....
Create your design with scissors and/or a hold punch. Paste several (about 3) snowflakes down one line of yarn...tie the yarn to the hanger. Do this 3 times. There should be three lines of snow flakes hanging from your mobile.

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PRETZEL SNOWFLAKES 

Take 4 mini pretzels for each snow flake. Pour white paint into a container/baggie/pie tin...Coat the pretzels with the paint and let them dry.
 
When the pretzels are dry, form the snow-flake by gluing the four pretzels to each other. Do this by gluing corners to corners---points to points. We use a hot glue gun. You can also dip the flakes in glitter or craft snow.
When dry... tie on string, yarn or ribbon to hang.

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ART TO GO WITH THE BOOK "DREAM SNOW"

by Eric Carl (Or just a nice idea on its own!)
Materials: 9"x12" white paper, sharpies, crayons, watercolors, transparancies, white tempera

First read Eric Carle's Dream Snow and then draw a winter scene.
After coloring and painting the picture, tape a transparancy to the front.
Paint snow on the transparancy to "hide" the figures, much like Eric Carle did! Art by a student of Michal Austin

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IDEA #1:  MAKE WINTER TREES by glueing plain white rice (for the snow) on a drawn tree...

IDEA#2:  IN YOUR WINTER OPEN ART CENTER...
Add lots of white materials, such as doilies, cotton balls, coffee filters, dried beans, felt, yarn, Styrofoam and tissue paper for interesting texture collages.

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Q-TIP SNOWFLAKES

On some wax paper -- have children position the Q-tips end to end. Take glue and put it where the Q-tips meet. When dry remove them from wax paper and suspend from the ceiling.

 ANOTHER way to do this is to squeeze a puddle of glue into the middle of a sheet of wax paper. Give the children several Q-tips cut in half (or whole) and then position them around the glue blob. If using half a Q-tip- be sure the swab end is sticking out so it looks like a snowflake.

Insert a loop of string in the glue puddle for a holder. Children can sprinkle glitter onto the glue. The snow-flakes will need a couple of days to dry; then peel them off the waxed paper! (This would also be a nice gift) Photo courtesy of Busy Bee Crafts

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PAPER SNOWFLAKES IN GENERAL...

Materials:
Piece of white paper
Scissors
Instructions:
1. Start with a square sheet of white paper. Fold paper in half diagonally, forming a triangle.
2. Fold paper in half diagonally again.
3. Hold paper so triangle base is at bottom. Fold paper into thirds from the center point. The resulting shape should resemble a piece of pie.
4. Using scissors, cut off excess at the bottom part of the pie shape to reveal a small triangle.
5. Cut small shapes around the outside of the triangle, using designs of your choice.
6. Unfold paper to reveal your snowflake.

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COFFEE FILTER SNOWFLAKES

Fold the filters and then cut out designs and then unfold. Easy! Hang about the room. (Photo from 'Just for Fun'--however blog is no longer on line)

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DIP AND DYE SNOWFLAKES

Materials:
Cone or square-shaped coffee filters (or paper towels cut in circles or squares), Scissors, Small bowls of dye (diluted food coloring or strong tempera paint)

Directions:
Fold coffee filters or paper-towel circles or squares in half, quarters, thirds, and so on.
Dip them into a bowl of dye, blot, open up, and let dry.
When dry, fold again and make snowflakes by cutting small shapes along the folded edges.

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SNOWFLAKES FROM PAPER BAKING CUP LINERS (For young children)

Flatten cupcake baking liners and fold them in fourths. Have children cut notches along the folds. Unfolded they'll have snowflakes with different designs.

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MARSHMALLOW (Snowball) SCULPTURES

Materials:
Mini and Large Marshmallows
Toothpicks or pretzels
Create sculptures by using toothpicks or pretzels to hold sculpture in place. Let marshmallows dry and get hard before moving around.

You'll notice that young children's sculptures will be longer and flat. The older the child, the taller and more intricate the building will get.

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MAKE SNOW SCENES

Whip Ivory Snow powder with water until the mixture is soft and fluffy.
Have  children finger-paint with the soap mixture on sheets of heavy white paper or tag board.
While the mixture is still wet, have kids add Styrofoam packing pieces for snowflakes and cotton balls for clouds.
Sprinkle on silver glitter to add sparkle to the snow scenes.

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COLD WEATHER BODY TRACING. If you're tracing around children's bodies this winter---add details of mittens, scarves, boots and hats!

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MAKE SCARVES: This is a craft that requires only the fleece fabric & a good pair of scissors! The pictures are not mine but shows you exactly what I'm talking about. Our students made warm scarves by buying lengths of micro-fleece and simply cutting them into strips. The end was then cut into fringe. The fleece does NOT unravel so does not need any sewing. 

It is available in unlimited colors and prints. All you need is approximately 8 to 10 inches wide by 3-5 feet in length (shorter or longer depending upon your preference). You can knot fringe pieces together, two by two, so that all of the fringes are knotted. If desired, slide beads (as in photo) onto the fringe and tie another knot, for added embellishment. (No name submitted)

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STAINED GLASS

Have children use a mixture of black tempera paint and white glue to squeeze designs onto thin white paper--such a rice paper. When the glue has dried have children paint their paper with watercolors (inbetween the black).

With a hole punch, attach a fish line or string and hang the paper in the window for the light to shine through.

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LIFE SAVER CANDY SNOWFLAKES

Glue together popsicle sticks in a snow-shape pattern. Glue on white minty lifesavers to the sticks. Add glitter to all and hang them from the ceiling.

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PASTA SNOWFLAKES

Need: Wheel shaped pasta, White paint, White glitter, Dry Tapioca pudding mix, Paint brushes, Elmer's glue

Take round wheel shaped pasta and glue them together in a circle shape. When dry--paint the entire snow flake white. Before the paint dries sprinkle on glitter mixed with dry Tapioca pudding mix.
To hang from the ceiling, insert a piece of string or yarn through one of the wheel holes after the snow flake is dry.

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WINTER MAGIC WANDS

Materials: tubing any diameter (home depot plumbing dept), plastic end caps (home depot), water, corn syrup, baby oil, glitter/sequins, beads,
food coloring, hot glue

Fill an end cap with hot glue and push it onto the end of a tube (cut to the length you would like) Let dry. Fill 1/2 with water and 1/2 with corn syrup or baby oil as above. Add food coloring or sequins/beads etc. Fill another end cap with hot glue and press onto the top of tube, let dry.

Uses:
They are soft and flexible! Show the children how to turn them upside down and watch the water move. If you have younger children...they can wear them as necklaces, or pull them around like snakes.
Held up to the sunlight they are dazzling. Put different colored wands over each other and watch the "new color".
Source: Unknown, Cassie/Mi.

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SNOWFLAKE PICTURES
Fold a circle of paper in half, then half again. Snip out
shapes and open out. Clip the snowflake on top of another sheet of paper and fill in the shapes by patting with a paint-soaked sponge or rag. Allow to dry, and then remove the snowflake to reveal the pattern.

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COCONUT SNOWMAN
Place glue on a piece of paper in the shape of a snowman.
Have the children add coconut to the paper.
Use raisins for the eyes and buttons.

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TWO SNOW GLOBES

SNOW GLOBES OR PAPER WEIGHTS ...Version #1

1. Either supply the group  or have children bring in an empty jar such as baby food, jelly, pickle, etc. Any small, clear jar with a screw-top lid will work.
 
2. Cut a piece of felt or construction paper the size of the jar lid and glue it in place to the top of the jar lid.
Fill the jars within 1/2 inch of jar top with a mixture of 1/3 light corn syrup and 2/3 warm water. Use popsicle sticks to stir until it's mixed.
 
3. Add about 1/2 tsp. (or more depending on size of jar) of glitter --any color of child's choice will do--also add a few snowflake-shaped sequins.

4. After screwing the tops on tightly have an adult hot-glue the lids on the jars so there is no leaking.

Tips: Using a mixture of water with corn syrup "thickens" the liquid and keeps the glitter in suspension longer.
Don't use white glue to seal the lids. It's water-soluble and will turn the water cloudy.

You can also use a non-water soluble glue such as rubber silicone to glue a figure or seasonal item to the inside of the lid.
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SNOW GLOBE #2

Idea origianally from Martha Stewart
You will need:
A jar with a secure lid, Super glue, Glitter, Decorations for the inside of the snow globe, Glycerin light corn syrup 

1.  Jar selection is important; choose one that has a large enough base and is tall enough for the diorama or figure you want to insert; make sure that the glass is clear enough to see through.

2. Assemble your diorama on the inside of the jar lid, and when you're happy with how looks, use super glue to stick all  pieces down to the lid. Let this dry according to the instructions for the glue you're using.

3. Fill the jar almost to the top with water and corn syrup (about 1/2 and 1/2) and add some glitter. Corn syrup or glycerin will make the glitter fall more slowly. Carefully turn your lid upside down and immerse the diorama in the water. Make sure you fasten the lid securely, and turn the whole thing upside down. Shake repeatedly!

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PINE TREE BRANCH ART

Materials:
Small pine tree branches, green paint, white construction paper, red ribbon and glitter

Put paint onto a small pine tree branch or end piece. 
Press the branch onto a piece of white construction paper.
Press again in another spot or re-paint the branch before pressing again.
Usually, several pressings can be made onto one paper.
Sprinkle some glitter sparingly onto branch painting.
Tie a red ribbon into a small bow and glue onto the painting when dry.
Try experimenting with different color combinations to see what turns up! By H. Williams in KinderArt.com 

NOTE: I've used this method with children to also make wrapping paper! (Barb) 

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WINTER SNOW RECIPE' FOR PAINTING

Ingredients: Soap flakes (such as Ivory, water, liquid starch, and white powdered tempera.

   • With a hand beater-mix soap flakes with water into a thick paste. 
   • Add a small amount of liquid starch and tempera.
   • Designs are made by painting with this mixture. 

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SALT CARDS

Need: Make cards with 'Winter Scenes', glue, salt

Paint the snowy area with glue and then sprinkle it with salt. It will look sparkly when the glue is dry!

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MAKE A SNOWMAN FROM A FOOT

Paint a child's foot white.
Press the foot onto a piece of blue paper.
When dry add eyes, nose and mouth to the head (heel of the foot) and other features.

You can also trace a shoe and paint or color it in to look like a snowman.

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JINGLE BELL WIND CHIMES
Materials for each chime:
Unsharpened Pencil
10 Bells
Yarn
1. Cut 12 pieces of yarn.
2. On 10 pieces of yarn tie a bell at the end of each one.
3. Tie a plain piece of string on EACH end of the pencil for hanging.Tie them together at top.
4. In-between the end strings, tie the yarns with bells on them onto the pencil.

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  MAKE WINTER PUZZLES...

Collect and save the front of old Holiday cards with winter related images. To make the puzzle-- glue the card front onto card-stock.
With a black marker, draw several squiggle lines on the BACK SIDE of the card.
Cut the card following the lines.

Keep and mark the name of each puzzle in its own baggie.

 
#2 MAKE A MAGNETIC 'WINTER PUZZLE'...

This is KidActivities preferred method. Youth can keep the pieces in place as they put the puzzzle together. A magnetic board or a refrigerator work great for this! 

Find a 'Winter related' greeting card that is printed on stiff paper.
Take the front of the card and cut it into several puzzle pieces.
On the back of each piece, attach a small magnet or segment of magnetic strip.
The children can put them back together on anything that a magnet will stick to! (Activity and Image by KidActivities.net)

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HAVE FUN WITH ALL THE WINTER PAGES!

Looking for inside acitivities? Be sure to visit Random Winter Ideas!!!

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Snowman Arts & Crafts Page 1

March 28, 2010 12:27 by Barbara Shelby

  

 PAPER PLATE SNOWMAN Simple Craft...

Materials:
2 white paper plates (a small and larger) 
Construction paper (black, red) or wrapping paper
An orange pipe cleaner or orange paper (for the nose)
A short length of yarn or ribbon
Hole punch
Marker or crayons
Scissors
Glue
Optional: Googly eyes, large buttons

  • Glue the two plates together to make a basic snowman.
  • Use  the round stickers (or google eyes) for the eyes, mouth. Add buttons or decorate as above with pipe cleaner.
  • From  scraps of card stock-- cut two twig arms (or use pipe cleaners as image shows), mittens, a carrot nose and a scarf. Glue these to your snowman. Add a hat and he's done!

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USE MARSHMALLOWS to paint snowmen

Children dip the marshmallow in paint and use them as a stamp for snowmen...

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NON-SNOW SNOWMAN
Fun with packing peanuts----Snowman and Igloos
Some packing peanuts are great for building because they have a cornstarch base.
Have children build a snowman by moistening the peanuts and sticking them together. Add eyes, nose, etc. for character out of whatever bits you have around!

I've read how one program puts them outside on the playground when it rains. It may take a few days, but it will dissolve! Also, use the peanuts to build igloos and other projects. 

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SOCK SNOWMAN  Stuff clean white socks with dried beans, peas, coffee beans, or small rocks rubber banding off sections as you fill them. Finish the tops by rubber banding it shut.
Glue with hot glue; glue on the toe of a colored sock for a hat, turning up the edge.
Decorate with markers; glue on buttons for eyes; cloves for buttons...

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STYROFOAM SNOWMAN
Materials:
3 Styrofoam balls of different sizes
Tothpicks or sticks
Decorations such as buttons, orange pipecleaners, felt/faabric pieces, black pom-poms, glue-gun, etc.

1. Shave the bottom off the largest ball with a knife so it will stand.
2. Using a gluegun, attach the middle sized ball and then the smallest ball for the head.
3. Embeliosh the snowman by adding toothpick or stick arms and buttons. Twist an orange pipecleaner into a carrot nose. Add felt or fabric scrap for a scarf; black pom poms for the eyes and mouth

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SOAPY SNOWMAN Using a grater, grate soap such as Ivory. Add a couple tablespoons of water and mix into a ball using hands.
Take the soap out of the bowl and separate it into three sections- one small, one medium, and one
large. Roll each section into a ball and stack the balls to form a snowman. If necessary, rub a little water on the soap where you are joining the pieces.  This will help it stick.
Add eyes and a nose using spices. You can use toothpicks for the arms and fabric for a scarf. Let harden.

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IDEA: CARVE SNOWMEN out of a bar of Ivory soap…

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  SNOWMAN FINGERS

 

Isn't this Cute! For young children but cute anyway!   Sample Photo Courtesy of Cere Child Care and Pre-School. Place child's hand in white paint make a handprint on colored paper. When dry--add top hats, facial features and buttons down the snowmens' chests!

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SPONGE PAINTED SNOWMEN
Materials:
Sponge circles cut in a variety of sizes
Washable paint
Thinned washable white paint
Paintbrushes
Dark construction paper
Preparation: Cut various-sized circles out of sponges.
Time: 15-30 minutes
Directions:
Choose a large, medium, and small sponge. Dip the large sponge into thinned white paint. Do not get too much paint on sponge! Stamp largest shaped on bottom of page. Stamp medium circle above it, and small above that…., to create snowman shape. Paint features and other accents on with a paintbrush.

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COTTON BALL SNOWMAN (On paper) 
Need:
Cotton balls
Clear contact paper
Construction paper
Scissors
Stapler

  • Cut three circles from clear contact paper. The circles should be in three different sizes ranging from a diameter of 1 1/2 - 2 inches to 4 1/2 - 5 inches.
  • Staple the contact paper, backing side up, to the construction paper to form a snowman shape.
  • Peel off the backing and stick cotton balls to the contact paper to cover the snowman.
    If you like, cut additional snowman features such as a hat or carrot from construction paper and glue to the snowman.

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BALLOON STAMPED SNOWMEN

Materials: White Paint,  Balloons,  Paper
Give children three balloons --one big, one medium, and one small. Roll the balloons in white paint and then place them on a piece of paper to make a snowman. They can add features, scarf and a top hat with paint. A cute touch is to add froot loop cereal for the buttons! Be sure to have extra to munch!

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PAPER BAG SNOWMEN
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aterials:
White paper craft bags or painted white lunch bags (Need two bags for each snowman)
Newspaper
Markers or paint
Other decorations as desired

1. Ball up  newspaper and stuff it into one of the lunch bags. 
2. When a bag is full, take an empty bag and pull it over the stuffed bag.
3. Cut pieces of yarn and wrap them tightly around the middle of the bags (or below where the head would be) to form the top and the bottom sections of the snowmen.
4. With markers or paint-decorate facial and body features as desired. No two snowmen will be alike! (Samples and image by KidActivities)

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SALT DOUGH SNOWMAN ORNAMENT
Salt dough is fun to make as well as to model with. This salt dough snowman makes a nice Christmas present or tree decoration. Left-over dough can be kept in the refrigerator for about five days.
Materials:
6 tablespoons plain flour
3 tablespoons salt
Mixing bowl
3 tablespoons water
Pastry board
Baking parchment
Rolling pin
Blunt knife
Drinking straw
Baking sheet
Acrylic paint in shades of white, orange, green, red, and purple
Medium and fine paintbrushes
Narrow ribbon

  • Mix the flour and the salt in the bowl. Gradually add the water until you have a firm, pliable dough. Set aside for ten minutes.
  • Place the dough on the pastry board and roll a 4 cm (1½ in) wide ball for the body and a 3 cm (1¼ in) wide ball for the head. Flatten the body and head.
  • Lay the body and head on baking parchment, butting them together.
  • With the rolling pin--- roll a scrap of dough to ¼ inch  (5 mm) in thickness. Cut a rectangle about 1½ x 1¼ inches (4 x 3 cm) for the hat. Press to the head.
  • Roll four logs 1 cm (½ in) thick. Lay one across the hat as a brim. Lay another across the 'neck' as a scarf. Lay the other logs at angles to the scarf, touching at the top, and dent the ends for a fringe with the knife.
  • Roll three small balls of dough; press one to the head as a nose, the others to the body as buttons. Make a hole at the top of the hat with the straw.

Place the snowman on baking parchment on a baking sheet. Place in a preheated oven 250 degrees Fahrenheit, for about 6 hours, until hard. Leave to cool in the oven.
Paint the snowman's body white. Paint the hat, scarf, nose and buttons. Add a smile and two eyes. Leave to dry then thread the ribbon through the hole and tie.

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JUMBO CRAFT STICK SNOWMAN

Materials are per child...

  • 7 Jumbo craft sticks
  • White and Black paint (you may want to spray-paint the sticks before hand)
  • Decorative ribbon about 5inches long (for hat)
  • 2 Large wiggle eyes
  • 5 small rocks (about 1/4 inch diameter) or buttons. Snow-plow cinders are the perfect size.
  • Orange craft foam, felt, or construction paper
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • Scrap of cardboard about 3-3/4inches wide x 5" high
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun or white glue.

Directions: You can save time and mess by pre-painting the sticks. Complete steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 ahead of time. If you plan to have the children paint the craft sticks, glue the sticks to the cardboard first (steps 6 and 7), then start at step 1  Source and Photo: The Learning Bug

  1. Paint six craft sticks white.
  2. Allow the paint to dry.
  3. Paint one of the craft sticks entirely black.
  4. Paint the top 2 inches of the six white sticks black (to form the hat)
  5. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  6. Make two vertical cuts about 1in long in the top of the center of the cardboard. Fold slightly to make a flap as illustrated. Punch a hole in the center of the top of the flap of cardboard (to hang from a nail).
  7. Glue the six white craft sticks to the cardboard scrap as shown.
  8. Glue the black craft stick down to create the brim of the hat, as shown.
  9. Glue the wiggle eyes on to the snowman's face.
  10. Cut out a triangle of orange craft foam (the carrot nose)
  11. Glue the carrot on to the snowman's face
  12. Wrap the ribbon around the brim of the hat and glue the ends in place on the back.
  13. Glue each of the small stones or buttons to the snowman's face in the shape of a smile.

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TP COTTON BALL 'FROSTY THE SNOWMAN' ...
Supplies:
cotton balls
glue
paper punched black circles
toilet paper roll
Spread glue all over the toilet paper roll with a paint brush. Next cover the entire roll with cotton balls. Add black eyes nose and a mouth. Cut a desired shape hat in any color.

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TP SNOWMAN

1. Cut a paper towel roll in half. (Or use a toilet paper roll.)
2. Paint it white.
3. Make a hat using an old baby sock! (Another good thing to add to your items on 'Family and Friends' Wish List!) Cut the sock and use the 'toe' part.
4. You can make a scarf by braiding several strands of yarn--or by cutting a piece of felt or material.
5. Last, draw a face, cut out a carrot nose, and assembled the snowman. As Sandy (our gracious source) from Just4fun says, Are they not the cutest?!
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SHAVING CREAM SNOWMAN
It doesn't have to snow to make a snowman! Cover your table with plastic, and then spray several cans of non-menthol shaving cream on top. Kids have fun making snowmen--pretending it's snow!
You may want to have them wear shirts or aprons over their clothing; cleanup is simple!

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 PUFF PAINT SNOWMEN
Make Puff Paint by mixing equal parts of glue and non-menthol shaving cream.

Then using white paper (or roll paper if you want to make a large group snowman mural)...
Cut out 3 circles: one small, one medium, and one large. Glue them onto blue construction paper.

Decorate the snowman and scene with collage materials. When complete, have children paint onto the snowman. User popsicle sticks, q-tips, plastic spoons, fingers, etc. to paint. When dry, hang for puffy snowman decorations!

This is also a good mix for a polar bear! Food coloring can be added to this mixture...Sample puff paint artwork is courtesy of Monkey See-Monkey Do blogsite

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 JUST A PUFFY SNOWMAN...and more

This more simple snowman on the right-- also was made with a mixture of equal parts of white glue and non-mentol shaving cream  You just may find that when doing projects such as this--- kids will turn it into a complete sensory event!

It has never failed that my 3 to 6 year olds (and many older) -- love the entire  tactile experience.

They'll start out with the project at hand and then....well...check out the image! 

Whether it's plain old foaming shaving cream, finger paint, or this concoction-experimentation ultimately ends up like the photo on the left...Images by KidActivities.net (Snowman by Bria age 4--was also very proud that she learned to make 'star-shaped' snowflakes. Yes, she liked them 'black'.)

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SNOWMAN MAGNET
Need:
3 white pom-poms (about 1/2-inch round)
2 wiggle eyes
Red sock or felt
Black felt
Thin marker
Tacky glue or hot glue
Tip of an orange crayon or piece of clay,
Felt or construction paper
Popsicle stick or piece of cardboard
Magnet strip with adhesive or jewelry pin

1. Take 3 pom-poms and glue across Popsicle stick.
2. Take red sock or felt and cut a 1/2-inch x 8-inch strip. Tie the "scarf" around the snowman's neck.
3. Glue on wiggle eyes.
4. Cut "buttons" out of edge of black felt and glue on as snowman's eyes.
5. Depending on the type of nose you want for your snowman, cut out orange felt, or construction paper---or a piece of clay in a carrot shape.
6. Cut a rectangle out of black felt 3 x 4 inches long and glue the short ends together to make the hat. 7. Trace around the top of the hat to make a circle to fit. Cut out and glue on one end of the hat.
8. Trace around the bottom of the hat, making the circle slightly larger to make the brim. Cut out.
9. Stuff the hat lightly with felt scraps to help it keep the shape.
10. Glue the brim to the bottom of the hat. Glue the hat onto the snowman's head and anchor onto the Popsicle stick.
11. Glue a magnet strip to the back of the Popsicle stick and let dry.

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MELTED SNOWMEN
Glue
Wax Paper
Twigs
Pipe Cleaner (orange)
Googly Eyes
Yarn
Glitter
1. Give child wax paper with a puddle of glue (glue is the actual snowman)
2. Have children place twigs (arms), orange pipe cleaner (nose), googly eyes, & yarn (tied for hanging) in the glue
3. Sprinkle rainbow white glitter on the glue
4. Let the snowmen sit for 2-3 days
5. Once dried-- melted snowman should pull right off of the wax paper ... hang them about the room

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 OPEN ART TABLE~ Put out the white and black paint, blue, black ,white, and orange construction paper, art paper, a bit of ribbon and/ or material and see what the kids come up with! This sample image is courtesy of Shannon Stewart, Art Teacher at Stetson Hills School in Phoenix. The work is that of a third grade student.

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PAINT STICK SNOWMAN
Materials:
1 paint-stirring stick
White, black and orange Tempera paint
Strip of winter fabric for the scarf
Blush make-up for the cheeks
Small strip of thin wood (or foam) for the hat brim
Hot glue gun or Elmer's glue
Heavy string or yarn to hang ornament
Bit of greenery or a bell for hat decoration
 
1. Using a clean new stirring stick, paint the majority of the stick white, leaving some space at the top to paint black for the hat.
2. Paint the top of the stick and small strip of wood black.
When all the paint has completely dried, glue the black strip of wood to the hat.
3. Use the Tempera paint to make the face and buttons.
4. Tie the material around the narrowest part of the stick, which is the neck of the snowman.
OPTIONAL: Glue some decorative greenery, holly, or bell to the hat.
Glue the yarn to the back of the hat forming a hanging loop.
Let dry overnight. (Photo and idea from
Kansas City Public Library)

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POPCORN SNOWMAN
Print a picture of a snowman for each child.
Prepare popcorn.
Dip popcorn in corn syrup and stick it to the snowman silhouette. Let dry.
Use fishing wire, string, or yarn to hang.

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#1 BUBBLE WRAP SNOWMEN
Need:
Bubble Wrap
White Paint
Construction Paper
Cut circle shapes from bubble wrap. Press the wrap into the white paint---next press the painted wrap on the paper. Press the circles 2 or 3 on top of each other to look like a snowman. The snowman will look like it is made from snowballs. Decorate the dried snowman as desired.

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#2 SNOWMAN STAMPING with BUBBLE WRAP
Need:
Packing bubbles, paint, dark paper
Directions:
Use packing bubbles to make a snowman.
Cut the bubbles in to a snowman shape
Paint the bumpy side with white tempera and press onto dark paper
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GIFT WRAP WITH SNOWMEN...

Monica from The Homespun Heart states that her favorite gift wrap is brown craft paper and twine. (This snowman gift image appears  to be wrapped in felt.) Some of the many items Monica incorporates into her wrapping are "... pages from old books, mini clothespins, magazine pictures, felt scraps, sticks from the yard, buttons, ribbon and sewing notion scraps." When wrapping gifts with children, the wrapping procedure is an artistic endeavor in itself! Find other wrapping ideas on the  'Wrapping Gifts Page'... 

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 PAINTED WINDOW  SNOWMAN ...using liquid tempera and liquid dishwashing detergent

For this Snowman scene...KidActivities mixed equal parts of liquid tempera paint with liquid dishwashing soap. The mixture is a little watery...so be sure to cover floors and have paper toweling nearby. The drips of paint wipe up easily.

The 'snowman' was made with a circular motion of the brush.  The other parts (hat, stick arms, scarf, facial features) of the scene were used with a stippling effect of the brush. As above...be sure each color dries before you paint over the first.

The snowflakes on the window were used by simply placing a finger in the paint and lightly touching to the glass. To prevent dripping, be sure not to use too much paint on the brushes or the fingers. (Image by KidActivities.net)

Good News! My 'Snowman Friend' easily washed off the door--just using a wet cloth!


This smaller image of a snowman is my 'friend' painted on door for December, 2012 and January, 2013! I'm getting better at it! (Image by KidActivities.net)

  NOTE: there is also another 'Window Paint Recipe' using dry tempera on the paint and coloring pages 

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 Go to page 2 for more SNOWMAN ARTS AND CRAFTS...

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HAVE FUN WITH OTHER SNOWMAN AND WINTER PAGES!

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