- Gather your materials. You will need some crayons ( about 4-5 per mold), an oven , disposable muffin liners, and a candy mold. I bought this candy mold from Micahel’s for less than $2 !
- Take the paper off the crayons, and break them into smaller pieces. Place them in a muffin tin . * Some readers have had the wax bleed thogh the liners, foil liners will avoid this.
- Melt. Our oven was set at 220, and we watched it like a hawk with the oven door a lot. It will smoke if it’s too hot.
- Pour into the mold and let sit for an hour or until it’s cool. I used a cookie rack under the mold to keep it stable.
- Pop out of the mold.
- Get drawing !
When I originally posted this snowman craft I had a feeling it would be a hit, sure enough I have seen a bunch of these snowmen on my readers blogs and it came in at number 3 on our countdown – Best of 2008! One reader also emailed me to let me know she used a ziplock instead of contact paper with awesome results!
- Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some orange and black construction paper, 2 buttons, some sequins, sparkles, contact paper, scissors, double stick tape, a stapler, and some ribbon. I also used some paint because my son wanted to paint and I like how it looks but you can skip this step if you want.
- Have your child paint the paper plate, and let dry. If you use a sponge paint brush the paint will go on lightly and dry fast.
- While they do that cut out a nose from the orange paper, a hat and some coal for the mouth.
- Cut a rectangle of contact paper and fold in half , make sure it’s big enough to cover the hole you will be cutting in the plate.
- Peel back the contact paper backing and let your child shake the sparkles on it.
- Add some sequins.
- Fold the contact paper so it sandwiches the sparkles , seal it. You may have to use some tape to make sure it’s sealed and nothing falls out.
- Cut out the middle of the plate.
- Add glue to the cutout middle for the coal mouth, nose and hat. Obviously older kids can do this themselves but it gives toddlers a great guide to be independent.
- Add the face pieces.
- Add the button eyes.
- While your child is adding the face pieces , attach the contact paper to the inside of the paper plate ring, I used double stick tape cause it holds contact paper well.
- Staple the face to the belly, I use staples with coated paper plates because glue doesn’t always work very well.
- Add the ribbon as a scarf to cover the staples.
Our letter activities have been big hits all year long, and for those of you who missed them during the holidays, they will be back next week!
Here is the full list of our first round of letters! Click on the letter to see the full activity.
Also you may notice by looking at the dates I posted each letter that I didn’t do them in the same order as the alphabet, that was intentional. I introduced them to my son as he showed interest in something that I could bridge them to, I wanted them to be taught in context and have meaning to him so that he retained that knowledge . So don’t feel that you need to follow the alphabet or my rotation, follow your child!
- Gather your materials . You will need a brown paper grocery bag, black, green and any other color you choose construction paper, double sided tape , glue, scissors, colored pencils and contact paper.
- Cut your bag open so it’s wide , trim the bottom piece off and save for later.
- Using black paper and yellow colored pencil design your roadway.
- Once you have decided on the design , cut it out . Cover your bag with green construction paper, glue it down, then tape your roadway down I say tape because you may want to move it , tape is easier to move.
- Start adding scenery like a pond.
- You can use the extra grocery bag paper to make a house or other buildings too.
- Tape your scenery down.
- Add a contact paper cover to make it sturdy and keep everything in place.
- Add some Hotwheels and have hours of fun!
Also corn is one of the symbols of Kwanzaa, it symbolizes the children and their future. I am still learning about Kwanzaa and will have more activities in future years. If you have one you want to share please feel free to leave a comment and share the link!
- Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of paper, a crayon, paint, a piece of bubble wrap, a paint brush, glue and scissors.
- Draw 2 ears of corn on a yellow or white piece of construction paper.
- Mix some paint on a plate, and dip the bubble wrap in it, I blotted it in paper towel first. This was as much as my son would do with the wrap, right after I took this picture I got told ” No , no brush, pease” .
- If your child likes bubble wrap have them press the bubble wrap on their corn. My son used a paint brush instead. I did a bubble wrap one though, so you can see the results below ! Let the corn dry.
- When your child is painting with bubble wrap or a brush, draw some husks on the 2nd piece of paper.
- Have your child paint it brown with a paint brush, as you can see my son was all over this step! Let everything dry.
- Cut out the corn – you can see that as cool as the bubble print corn is the one my son made is just as wonderful, so don’t stress if your child goes “off book” it’s all good! It looks almost like he used the wrap in places but it was all dotting with the brush.
- Cut out the husks, if your child can use scissors let them do the cutting, and glue to the top of the corn.