Archive | November, 2014

Snowmen Advent Calendar

I’ve done this craft a few times with classes and it’s always a hit. These pictures are from an area Grade 3 class. It took us about 1-1.5 hours to complete.

You will need:

  • 1 TP roll for each student
  • White paint
  • Liquid school glue (option: 1 teacher operated glue gun to secure difficult pieces)
  • Assorted paper: scrapbook, scrap coloured paper (including orange and black)
  • Eyes in a variety of sizes (2 per)
  • Assorted fabric/felt
  • Sequins, gems to decorate
  • Pipe cleaners (1/3 per)
  • Pom poms (2 per)
  • Black Sharpie

Step 1

Have the students paint their TP rolls. We encouraged them to do a very thin coating of paint so it would dry faster. Once complete, they met back on the carpet for instructions on how to decorate them. This gave the rolls time to dry.

Step 2

Decorate! We added eyes, nose, mouth and scarves. We brainstormed other things that snow people would wear: boots? coats? Students were encouraged to make their work as unique as possible. Smiles were added with a Sharpie once totally dry. When they had finished decorating… it was back to the carpet again! Note: They were  instructed to leave the “head wear” (i.e.: hats and/or earmuffs until step #3.

Step 3

Head wear! This step needed its own instruction (and thus the breakdown of steps). Students had to choose their style of hat.

Top Hat: Was made from a 2″ circle punch (for the brim/base) and a rolled up 1″ strip of paper. You could easily make these with a circle  tracer and have the kids cut them out themselves. Each was glued together and then glued to the snowman’s head.

Ear muffs: 1/3 of a pipe cleaner bent and put INSIDE the edges of the TP tube. This makes it so much more secure and you can’t really tell it’s not touching the muffs. A pom pom on either side was added for the “muffs”.

Santa style hat: This was a student-led option. Cut a 3″ circle out of paper. Add a slit the length of the radius (that’s math for from the edge to the centre inward). Curl together into a cone shape. Secure with glue.

While working, students picked a number from 1-21 to be their “advent day”.  The last step was to add their numbers somewhere on the front of the tube.

Voila! Ms. M (their awesome teacher) is filling them tonight for the fun to start with #1 tomorrow. Please post pictures if you happen to do this with your class.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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