Christmas is fast approaching, and my head’s filled with thoughts of Christmas crafts. Christmas trees, Santas, wreaths and ornaments – aaahhh…. the holiday joys! Getting covered in paint is one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
Another Christmas staple is the snowman, and whether you live in a cold area or not, every kid should have one! With the lack of snow here in our part of sunny Spain, we were forced to get creative. My little lady, Miss Sara, loves stamping, so for this activity we decided to create a huge, fluffy snowman using some bath sponges and paint. To add an extra dimension to our artwork, we also decided to add on some very realistic-looking grass, a hat and scarf, carrot nose and googly-eyes.
Gluing, cutting and stamping are all fantastic for fine motor development, and by turning this project into a super-size, giant snowman that gets done vertically against the wall (or window, like we did), we even got to work on some of our gross motor skills too! Balancing while concentrating on creating a true masterpiece is not easy, and takes a little practice 🙂 , nevermind all that bending and stretching!
We had a fantastic time, and now we have a beautiful snowman to help us add some wintery Christmas cheer! Want to create your very own Christmas snowman? Here’s what you need…
A large piece of blue cardboard (we used 50 x 70 cm)
Green card for Mr Snowman’s hat and scarf
Orange card for his nose
White school glue (pva glue)
Some fake moss (or crumpled green tissue paper if you can’t get hold of moss)
Scissors, a pencil, and Sharpie Markers
A couple of plates and bowls in varying sizes to use as a stencil for Mr Snowman’s body.
An artist smock or old t-shirt (protection!)
First of all i traced a couple of circles onto the card for our snowman’s body. Miss Sara was very excited to get started, but there were a few more things to prep, so Big Sister Kayla kept things under control while i cut out the hat, scarf and nose. If our child is old enough to use a pair of scissors, help them to cut the shapes out themselves. Scissor practice is a fantastic fine motor development activity!
Get your little one nicely wrapped up in their art smock or old t-shirt, and pour some paint into a large, flat plastic plate. Use some Bluetack or Prestick and attach your card to a flat surface at a good height for your child to reach. We decided to use one of the sliding glass doors – that way, even if we had an accident or two (which we did 🙂 ), all that i needed to do was give it a quick wipedown. Easy! Now pass your child the sponge, show them how to dab it in the paint and smoosh it onto the picture, and watch the magic happen!
Next up – glue! Squirt a little glue onto the carrot nose, and let your little one stick it on. They might need some help getting things in place, but what i saw with little Miss Sara was that if i pointed to the area that she needed to stick it to, she aimed for that area and , in the end, all went pretty well! Do the same with the hat and scarf and googly eyes, then move onto the grass. We squirted a zigzag pattern all along the bottom of the page, and then Miss Sara got busy adding handfuls of the green fuzzy stuff to her masterpiece. To make things a little easier, i also poured our moss out onto a plastic plate and let her work from there.
It’s time to let things dry, so take your picture down and lay it flat. You don’t want those eyes sliding right off Mr Snowman’s face, now do you? Half an hour to 45 minutes later, things should be dry enough for you to grab your sharpies and fill in all the details. Draw on a couple of pebbles to make his smile, and add a couple of stripes to the scarf. Add some arms if you haven’t already done that, and tah dah! All done!
Happy Holidays, everyone!