So, now that the holidays are over I actually have some time to blog about them! Pretty sad, huh? I sometimes only find time to blog about holiday related stuff AFTER the actual holiday has passed (Does anyone else have this issue??) and now nobody wants to read about the holidays, but maybe you can use the ideas for next year!! This year was truly the year of the SNOWMAN! Everything this year ended up being snowman themed. I didn't really plan it that way, but it all came together and was a blast!!
One thing that I had seen on the internet several different time is this neat concoction called "snow paint." I've been wanting to try it forever, so I figured what better time to do it than for our holiday party. Basically, snow paint is just shaving cream and Elmer's school glue mixed together. But what's so cool about it is it dries puffy so it looks like actual snow! All I did to make it was just squirt a big pile of shaving cream on a plastic plate and dump a regular sized bottle of Elmer's glue on top of it and mix it up with my finger. I put one plate of snow paint in the middle of each table group and let the kids go to it! I told them they could only use two fingers to put in the snow paint. This made it MUCH easier for them to paint and made the project much less messy. The couple of kids who chose not follow directions did not have nearly as good of a turnout on their picture. Because they used their whole hands, it smeared all over and made it look really messy and not like a snowman. The ones that turned out the best were done with two fingers in a swirling motion. They turned out SOOOOOO cute!!! I loved them!
SNOW PAINT RECIPE
- one plastic plate for each table group
- 1-2 cans shaving cream (get the cheap stuff - Barbasol)
- 1 bottle of Elmer's school glue for each table group
- Paper buttons, eyes, and noses cut out
DIRECTIONS: Squirt a big pile of shaving cream (entire diameter of plate and about 5 inches high or so) onto each plate to go at each table group. Pour a whole bottle of glue on top of each shaving cream pile. Mix the shaving cream and glue on each plate together and put at each table. After the kids are done snow painting, give them paper buttons, eyes, and noses to press into the snow while it is still wet. It will dry and stick to the snowman.
Every year I also have my students make an ornament for their parents as a gift. I've done the cinnamon and applesauce ornaments, the puzzle piece wreath picture ornament, the candy cane bead ornament, the snowman hand print ornament, and the list goes on. This year I wanted a change, so I took a few ideas I found on Pinterest, tweaked them, and the result was a super cute snowman cotton ball ornament! Back in November, I was shopping with my sister on Black Friday, and I found these plastic clear ball ornaments at Walmart. I was so excited!! I love the look of the pretty clear ball ornaments and how versatile they are for craft projects, but they totally stink for kids because they are glass. I cannot tell you how many glass ball ornaments that have gotten broken over the years before they even made it home! So the plastic ones were absolutely perfect! They were totally kid proof. :)
- Class set of plastic ball ornaments from Wal-Mart
- 3 large bags of cotton balls
- black fabric paint (the kind that dries puffy)
- orange fabric paint (the kind that dries puffy)
- ribbon for ornament hanger
- Give each student an ornament.
- Show them how to remove the ornament top.
- Let students stuff cotton balls into the glass ball until it is filled almost to the top.
- Replace the ornament tops.
- Paint eyes and mouths on the snowmen with black puff paint.
- Paint a carrot nose on the snowmen with orange puff paint.
- Write names on the backside of each students' ornament with a black sharpie.
For our holiday party, we also played the snowman race game. I did not come up with this idea, and I'm not sure who to attribute the idea to, but a friend told me about it, and it ended up being a blast!! I think it was probably one of the funniest games I've ever played with my kids.
SNOWMAN GAME MATERIALS
- 1 roll of toilet paper for each child in your class
- strips of fleece fabric for "scarves" (enough for each group of 3 students to have 1 scarf)
- paper buttons (3 buttons for each group of 3 students)
- paper carrot nose (1 carrot for each group of 3 students)
Our day of snowman fun was a blast!! I can't wait to come up with some fun new ideas for next year! Hope you all had a Happy New Year!!