The kids always get excited when the craft materials come out! I'm thrilled I can keep things this simple and still entertain them. Hopefully it lasts quite a bit longer!
With cold weather setting in and Christmas coming up, we decided to make some snowmen last week.
I grabbed three items with different circumferences, and used those to trace three circles on each piece of paper. I ended up using a plate from the kids' play kitchen, an empty 16 oz peanut butter jar, and an empty 32 oz peanut butter jar (What can I say? We like peanut butter!) They ended up making the perfect sized snowman! I added arms, and we were ready to go!
The kids started by coloring their snowmen. That's always their favorite part of any craft!
Side note: Whoever invented glue sticks was a genius!
After gluing (or removing as the case may be) the cotton balls, we glued on an orange "carrot" nose, and a happy smile!
Caleb had left the table while I was working with Ellie, and proceeded to fling cotton balls all over the living room. That's a brand new bag of 500 cotton balls, in case you are wondering. They definitely know how to make the most of mom's turned back!
I picked up all of the cotton balls before they could be distributed throughout the house, and went back to the table to find this:
Now you know why I try so very hard to stick to simple crafts! *grin*
This is what we ended up with at the end! Hehe! You can definitely see the personalities of my kids in their snowmen. Abby likes crafts, but gets distracted. Elijah wants to do it all by himself, on his own terms. Caleb doesn't like to do crafts after the coloring is over. Ellie wants to get everything just right.
From left to right: Abby's, Elijah's, Caleb's, and Ellie's Snowmen
Regardless of how each snowman turned out, I think working on crafts like this are really good for encouraging development and creativity in children. And they feel so proud of their work when they are finished! I guess it's obvious that I'm a proud Mommy too!