Winter is not my favorite season. It’s deary and cold most days, but snowmen make it slightly better. It’s always fun building snowmen in our front yeard after a snowfall and hunting through the house and the yard to enhance our snowman: a carrot for the nose, peddles for the mouth, and scraft to keep it warm. We haven’t had much snow recently, so we are making a snowman kid craft.
This was a favorite craft of mine. Normally when I ask my kids if they want to do a craft with me, I get one or two of them. When I suggested this one, I got all three! I don’t know if it is the fun texture of the paint or the fact that we were raiding daddy’s CDs.
With advances in technology, we seldom listen to our CDs any longer, making them great for crafts. You might also have scratched DVDs laying around that would work great too. No matter how hard I try we somehow end up with scratched DVDs occasionally.
For this particular project, we raided Daddy’s old data storage CDs that had have been sitting in a cabinet collecting dust for way too long.
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- Recycled CD
- White school glue
- Shaving cream
- Black & orange card stock or construction paper
This craft requires minimal prep and takes under 30 minutes to complete, but the puffy paint takes several hours to dry.
1. Make puffy paint by mixing equal parts shaving cream and glue.
2. Paint the CD using puffy paint, applying liberally.
3. Cut 2 black circles for the eyes, about 5 small black circles for the mouth, and an orange triangle for the nose and add right away. I used my 1 in. circle crafts punch and 1/2 in circle crafts punch for the mouth and eyes and free handed the nose. I love those two craft punches and use them all the time, but if you do not have those sizes; you can free hand the eyes and mouth; find something to use as template; or use black buttons, sequins, or pom poms. No additional glue is needed. They will adhere to the puffy paint.
Note: This will take several hours to dry completely. We usually leave it to dry over night.
Most of our craft projects are meant for fun, but I can usually incorporate a little learning and development with little to no effort. Not only are they having fun and learning, but kids also experience a sense of accomplishment and pride when they create a project, contributing to their emotional development.
Ideas for learning with this project
These are great learning opportunities for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Reusing what we already have (good lesson for all ages)
- Shapes: circle eyes and mouth and triangle nose
- Colors: white, black, orange
- Size comparison: big circles for eyes and small circles for mouth
- Counting: 5 circles for the mouth, 2 circles for the eyes, 1 triangle for the nose (I asked my kindergartner to add up the total number of circles.)
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