Tuesday, January 15, 2013

4 Easy Snowman Crafts

It snowed right before Christmas this year and it was the first time Little Buddy (2.5 years) had really seen snow.  The kids were thrilled to make a snowman with Daddy and they've been talking about it ever since.  So, we've been doing lots of snowman crafts and as usual, all of our crafts are very easy!  Here are four easy ways to make snowman crafts:

For this one, I cut up several different sizes of circles in all different colors.  I simply laid out the collection of circles and let the kids choose which color and which size to glue on for their snowman.  Since there were so many options, they each made several of them before they grew tired of this.  Plus I let them glue on some Poms that were left over from Christmas.  This was a good exercise in choosing bigger over smaller since they knew that the biggest circle should go on the bottom.  Plus it was good for fine motor to glue on the little poms.

For this one I just drew out a snowman and gave them some cotton balls to glue on.  I always like to let them use real glue when I can because squeezing it out is so great for hand strength

I drew out a snowman and gave them glue and beans and they glued the beads to the outline.  Of course, Little Buddy's didn't quite look this good, but he did enjoy it and then it led to sensory play with the beans!  This was also great for fine motor control as they had to use their fingers to pinch the beans and affix them to the page.

This was definitely the least messy!  For this, I just drew the outline and she used her markers to decorate it. I actually didn't originally intend for her to do this, but she grabbed the markers and had a blast.  Later we used paint for the same purpose.  

For more ideas on easy crafts, I hope you will consider buying my book, The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble, and Motivated to Learn.  If you have ever tried to cook dinner while your kid clings to your leg and cries, this is the book for you!  We give you a Mom's point of view and a teacher's point of view, so that you can do activities that not only keep the kids busy, but also keep them motivated to learn and develop their natural curiosity.  Kids behave better when they are given challenging projects to work on, which will in turn give you more free time to do the things you really need to do, like washing dishes, paying bills, and relaxing so that you can be a better Mom!

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  1. Just found your awesome blog while searching for ideas to use with contact paper (your strawberry shortcake doll came up in my search) and I'm really loving your posts - and your adorable nicknames :) My daughter is nearing 5 and my son, who I call Little Guy on my blog!) and I've been in a real craft rut lately so your blog is a welcome resource.

    I really also appreciate your honesty and humor. I can't read those blogs with the perfect moms who never yell :)
    - Dana, blogging at http://celiackiddo.wordpress.com

  2. These look like fun! I hadn't thought of using beans - very good for fine motor. Great ideas for these cold days.