This project lets you recycle some of the boxes that came with your holiday deliveries while giving the kids something to keep them occupied for days.
This is what you’ll need: • Cardboard boxes in three sizes (small, medium sized, and large) • Scissors • Felt sheets (you’ll need white as well as several other colors) • Glue gun or glue and brush • Colored tape • Measuring tape (optional)
Step 1 – Cover Boxes with White Felt For small children, this step can be done ahead of time. Older children can help measure and cut the felt. Cut enough white felt to completely cover the cardboard boxes. Adhere with a glue gun (or white glue with a brush). Younger kids will have a blast “painting” the cardboard boxes with the glue. Use colored tape to line the edges. Connect: Have kids guess how many pieces of felt it will take to cover each box. Do you need to trim the felt or add more? Talk about big and small, and encourage kids to use a measuring tape to measure the boxes and felt pieces.
Step 2 – Make Felt Shapes Cut a variety of shapes out of the colored felt. Connect: Older kids can help cut the felt. Younger kids can help you decide what shapes and colors to use. Some suggestions for shapes are: a scarf, mittens, circles (for eyes, buttons, and mouth), triangles (for a nose), rectangles (arms).
Step 3 – Give Frosty a Personality The felt shapes will stick to the white felt that covers the background. Let kids give Frosty a personality. They can decorate and re-decorate again and again. Connect: In step 2, cut out shapes that symbolize different emotions. Ask kids about these emotions when they’re decorating Frosty. Encourage kids to come up with stories about their new friend: What did he do today? What will he do tomorrow? Why is he happy? Why is he sad?
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