Snowman Craft with Glue Paint

We made a very cute snowman craft with glue paint. I am so glad that we took the time for it because it was sooo much fun! Since these low temperatures are not bringing us any snow, we might as well make our own snowmen. We have alway painted them with regular school paint. But, this time we made our own glue paint. Have you heard of such a thing? The idea is to make your own paint that will turn out white and puffy. It’s so easy and fun!

Materials:

You need to have some materials ready before you even start the project. Some will be used, others might not be used. Here’s what we have…
*shaving cream
*glue
*paintbrush
*glitter
*construction paper
*pre-cut black hats
*pre-cut black eyes
*pre-cute orange nose
*ribbon for scarf
*beads
*pom-poms
*crayons
*cotton swabs
*crayon
*ribbon

Mixture for Glue Paint:

We used 1/2 cup of shaving cream and just poured quite a bit of glue on top of it. Then, we mixed it. This part was fun!

Draw it!

Use a white crayon to draw an outline of a snowman. This will help the little ones see where they need to paint to create a snowman.

Paint it!

Now, the fun begins again. Get that paintbrush out and start painting inside the snowman shape. We found that it was easier to pour spoonfuls of glue to spread it easier. We had some cotton swabs ready to add snow dots, but he paintbrush worked just fine.

Decorate it!

After all the painting parts have been done, you will be ready to decorate it. The painting will start looking more and more like a snowman with each decoration added.

First, add some glitter for a touch of winter shimmer. It truly makes the snowman look magical 🙂

 Now add the hat, the eyes and the nose. Yeah! There’s that snowman that we have been waiting for 🙂

 Don’t forget the buttons.

 And the scarf.

 Oh, wait. Here are the stick arms and the mouth too.

 And, voila! The snowman is finally done.

The puffiness of the glue paint adds that extra touch to make it look a bit more real. Isn’t it beautiful? We love it!

This was a great idea from My Merry Messy Life. See how they used this snow paint.

Reindeer Noses and Snowman Poop

Are you looking for a quick and fun snack for Christmas? You can make reindeer noses or snowman poop! They are very simple to make and you can even buy the materials at a dollar store.

Reindeer Noses:

Materials:
1-  Reindeer Noses Printable
2- Whoppers
3- Cherry Sours or red gumballs
4- Baggies
5- Glue
6- Stapler
How to make:
1-  Print the reindeer noses printable
2- Glue it to a 7″ by 3″ construction paper
3- Add some whoppers to a baggie
4- Add one cherry sour to the baggie
5- Staple the topper to the baggie

Snowman Poop

Materials:
1- Snowman Poop printable
2- Marshmallows
3- Baggie
4- Glue
5- Stapler
How to make:
1- Print the snowman poop printable
2-Glue it to a 7″ by 3″ construction paper
3- Add marshmallows to the baggie
4- Staple the snowman poop topper to the baggie

Here are the free printables for reindeer noses and snowman poop toppers.
Enjoy!

Christmas Ornaments

It’s so easy to get in the Christmas spirit with these bead ornaments. They are so simple to make. 

Supplies needed:
1-  Pipe cleaners
2- Beads
3- Scissors
Instructions:
1- Have a Christmas ornament in mind.
2- Cut a long pipe cleaner in half.
3- Choose the color beads that correspond with your ornament.
4- Fill the pipe cleaner with beads.
5- Mold the pipe cleaner into the desired shape. 
Candy cane ornament: Students can work on math skills by creating colorful patterns with the beads.

Star: Tie the ends of the pipe cleaner before you mold it into a star shape.

Christmas tree: We used a long pipe cleaner for this one. It gave us enough room to make the bottom of the tree.

Wreath: Students can make a pattern with the colorful beads.

Icicles: Just bend the pipe cleaner to create the shape.

Have fun!

How to Make a Snowflake

The weather has been a little crazy lately. Some days were very cold, windy and rainy. We did have a little ice on the roads and schools started 2 hours late. 
This is the perfect time to make our very own snowflakes. 
It’s actually very simple and quick to make. Here are some detailed pictures to this cute snowflake craft.

Materials needed:

1- Beads

2- Two pipe cleaners

Steps:

1- Take one long pipe cleaner.

Fold it in half and cut it into two small pieces.

2-  Take the second pipe cleaner and cut it just a little bit longer so that you can make a loop at the top.

3-  Take the two small pieces and lay them like this.
4-   Take the longer piece and lay it straight down the middle, like this.
5-   Remember the left over piece? Lay it on top of all the other pipe cleaners.

 And wrap it around them, like this.

 6-  The snowflake shape is done. It’s time to decorate it.  Simply slide each bead into the pipe cleaners. The more you use, the more colorful it will be 🙂

7-   Here’s the finished snowflake craft.
8-   Now, you can put it on a window as a sun catcher.

Or, decorate your Christmas tree.

Have fun creating your own snowflake with beads:)

FREE Letter to Santa Templates

Children always look forward to writing a letter to Santa. This is when you see students trying their BEST to write neatly and make sure that everything is spelled correctly. Writing a letter to Santa lends itself to learning about the parts of a letter (greeting, closing, body and date).

Here are 2 free templates that you can use.

One template has space available for a drawing at the top of the letter.
This other template just has the writing lines. It can be used by advanced writers who write longer sentences with details.
Also available in Spanish.

Enjoy!