- To teach children how to recycle common household items to turn "trash" into "treasure"
- To develop fine motor skills
- To encourage a "greener" way to make winter crafts and decorations
Before You Start: Have the children collect empty, clean cardboard egg cartons to bring to class. Provide craft paper rolls, white construction paper (to cover the rolls) and paint for the "hats" you will be making from the individual egg carton sections. You may want to draw templates of snowmen shapes on the construction paper beforehand to make it easier for the children to cut out. (Note: Make sure the shapes are about the same height as the empty cardboard rolls.) Prepare BioColor® paint, Colorations® markers, crayons, glitter, colored pencils, ribbon, mini pom poms, glue and other decorating materials for use when decorating snowmen.
Let's Get Started! Step 1. Help the children cut out snowman shapes and individual egg carton sections.
Step 2. Have them paint the egg carton "hats" and set aside to dry. This is a good chance to review colors.
Step 3. While the "hats" dry, demonstrate gluing a snowman onto the cardboard roll; then show then how to glue a painted egg carton "hat" on top.
Step 4. Help the children then glue their own snowmen and "hats," showing them how the ribbon can be glued around the roll for a scarf.
Step 5. Encourage the children to experiment with textures and colors as they decorate the face and body of the snowmen. With the child's permission, write his or her name on the backs of the rolls, so they know which one is theirs.
Step 6. If time allows, poke a small hole midway on each side of the empty paper rolls and loop pipe cleaners through to act as arms. Bend them different ways to add a unique pose for your snowman or have the children create arms out of construction paper and glue them on the sides of the snowman.
Furthermore: You can also turn this activity into a color-review activity by having the children practice talking about what color hat each of their snowman is wearing and grouping the snowmen by hat color. Then this may be expanded into a counting activity by asking the children how many snowmen are wearing red hats, blue hats, etc.
Products You May Need:
- Sturdy Recycled Craft Rolls - 24 Pieces
- 9" x 12" Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper
- BioColor® Paint, 16 oz.
- Colorations® Regular Crayons - Set of 16
- Colorations® Regular Colored Pencils - Set of 24
- Colorations® Extra-Safe Plastic Glitter - 1lb.
- Colorations® Washable Clear Glue
- 400 feet of Satin Ribbon - 16 Spools
- Mini Pom-Poms - 500 Pieces
- Colorations® Comfort Grip Blunt Tip Scissors
- Colorations® Best Value Plastic Handle Paint Brushes - Set of 30