Wow! Less than ten days to go! Are you looking forward to the big day as much as we are?
The house is covered in Christmas decorations and the presents are starting to pile up, so it’s only natural that the activities are Christmas themed too, don’t you think? We had so much fun creating our giant stamped snowman that we decided to give it another go. The fact that this super-sized version is fantastic for both fine and gross motor development is just a bonus! (I talk about that a little more in the giant snowman post if you’re interested). Look who we decided to make…
Yes, Santa decided to pop in a little early 😉 . Think your toddler would enjoy creating their very own giant Santa? All you need are…
A large piece of light colored cardboard (we used 50 by 70cm)
cotton wool or cotton wool balls
plates in varying sizes to trace the body and head shape
scissors, a pencil and Sharpies
prestic or blutack
disposable plastic plate or plastic bowl
First trace a large and a small circle onto the paper, similar to a snowman’s body – this is just to give your toddler an idea of where to splat the paint. If your toddler is still really little, like mine, you may even want to skip this step 🙂 . Pop some tack onto the back of your picture and put up somewhere for your little one to work. We chose the large glass sliding doors because they are easy to clean if there’s an accident. Pour some red paint onto a disposable plastic plate or plastic bowl and hand the artist their sponge. Now watch the magic happen! PS – this got super messy, super fast!
Once you have a large enough area stamped (this kind of turned into a ‘free-style’ Santa shape), Get the cotton wool and let your toddler help you rip it into nice little pieces ( if you’re not using balls). Put those onto a plate, so that everything’s easy, then grab your school glue and start squirting little zigzags onto the paint about a third of the way down for Santa’s beard. Get your child to stick on handfuls of the cotton wool to create a nice full beard for Santa. Do the same fro Santa’s hat, and then the snow. Be sure to leave some space in the centre of the bottom for Santa’s boots!
Now cut out a pair of boots and a belt from your black paper – if your toddler is working on scissor skills, let them do the cutting! Put a little glue onto the back of each and hand them to your toddler to push onto the picture. Like i said last time, i was actually pretty impressed with Sara. When i showed her where to ‘aim’ for, she did, and things turned out pretty well in the end! It was a little bit messy, and very sticky, but that is half the fun isn’t it?
The last thing that we did was the googly eyes. I handed them to Sara and she plopped them on perfectly between Santa’s hat and his beard. We took her masterpiece off to dry, and i quickly drew in two arms for Santa – after all, Santa needs arms to hand out all those gifts, and eat all those cookies!
Sara and i loved creating her new Christmas friend, and i hope you will too!