We’ve been so busy here in the McConnell household with Thanksgiving, and now Christmas sneaking up on us. We finished the Christmas Village Display and I have all my houses on it. I absolutely love it! I will be getting good pictures later this week to share. I’ve done a couple cute Christmas crafts with the girls and wanted to share our latest. Popsicle Stick Snowman Craft, which was a super duper easy craft that the girls enjoyed doing. It doesn’t require a lot of supplies, or supervision if you’re looking for something to keep the kiddies entertained for a bit. I actually sat with the girls and did a few of my own, it’s nice just chatting and crafting with them.
Popsicle Stick Snowman Craft – Materials Needed
Popsicle Sticks (we used medium sized ones)
Orange Sharpie or orange paint
Buttons – small/medium sized
String, yarn or ribbon
Black construction paper, felt or foam sheets
Popsicle Stick Snowman Craft – Instructions
Cover your work area with a piece of wax paper. Do the next three steps prior to having the kiddies join you. Paint the front and back of the popsicle sticks with the white paint, I used a very thin coat which helped them dry quicker.
Next draw on the eyes, nose and mouth with the sharpies. Black for the eyes, mouth and orange for the carrot nose. While everything is drying create little black hats from the construction paper, felt or the foam sheets. I made a few different sizes, and styles so that the girls could make their snowmen each a little different.
I like to do the above steps prior to starting the craft with the girls. This helps to keep the craft simple and makes for an easy clean-up.
While the paints are drying, cover the work area for your kiddies. I used a sheet of wax paper for each child which helps to with clean-up and the craft won’t stick to the wax paper. I don’t like to use newspaper because of the black ink.
Then place the items you’ll be using to create your snowmen in the center of the table. I made sure that I had the equal amount, colors etc. of everything for each child. What ever makes crafting time go smoother.
Put a glue bottle in the middle of the table, or you can use a paper plate. Put a little puddle of glue in the center and lay a few q-tips around the edges. If you’re putting out a bottle of glue, close it until just a little glue escapes when you turn it upside down. This will help keep the mess down and helps keep the glue from coming out to fast.
Create an example for your kiddies to see, then call them to the table for some crafting fun.
The girls started off very basic and traditional, but then the fun began! They were creating yo-yos with the strings and buttons, Kayden even did a hat theme where one hat was to big, the next to small and the last fit just right. Elizabeth wanted her’s to have tons of decorations on it’s hat. It was so much fun watching them, and listening to them chat and giggle. Of course there were a few little spats over who got to use the glue next.
These are Elizabeth’s Popsicle Stick Snowman Craft, she really decorated the hats. After seeing Kayden making yo-yos for her snowmen, she decided to make some too. BTW the yo-yos are the buttons hanging from the blue & white string. These girls have some great imaginations, I hope they never loose that either!
Notice the different styles of hats! I guess my imagination runs a little wild every once in a blue moon. Oh.. heck who am I kidding it’s always running a muck. When the kiddies are done with their snowmen you can attach a string to the backs at hat area for hanging on the tree. You can also glue a magnet to the back for refrigerator decorations. These make great little gifts for aunts, grandmas, teachers etc. Don’t forget to write your child’s name and year on the back, this makes for great memories later.
In every adventure there are lessons to be learnt, today was no different. Sharing and taking turns was always a rough thing to learn. Creating lasting memories with the girls is what I hope I am accomplishing, so later they’ll have stories to share with their kiddies. I love Adventures in Grandma Land, these two little girls bring brightness and joy into my world.