Make a Snowman from Paper Plates

Make a cute snowman decoration using two paper plates. This makes a nice decoration to put on a door or hang in a window.

Supplies needed:

  • 2 white paper plates
  • Construction paper (black, red) or wrapping paper
  • An orange pipe cleaner (for the nose)
  • A short length of yearn or ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Marker or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: googly eyes, large buttons


1. On one of the paper plates, cut off the outer rim, making a smaller plate.


2. Punch a hole near the rim on both plates.


3. Tie the two plates together, using the yarn (or ribbon).


4. On black construction paper, draw and then cut out a top hat and two boots. On colored construction paper (or gift wrap paper), draw and then cut out two mittens.


5. Glue the hat, boots and mittens on the snowman.


6. Either glue on googly eyes or draw eyes. Draw a mouth. For the nose, cut a short length from an orange pipe cleaner. Stick the pipe cleaner through the plate to secure it (if the plate is too tough, make a tiny hole with the tip of the scissors).

For the buttons, you can cut out shapes from construction paper, use round stickers, glue on real buttons, or simply draw them.

You now have a cute snowman decoration!


Paper Family Tree

Make a child's family tree from construction paper.

Your child can make a simple but pretty family tree and learn about family's heritage.

Supplies needed:

  • Sky blue and green construction paper
  • Crayons, tempera paint, or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


1.Draw a large tree with many branches.


2. Cut out leaves from the green construction paper or use leaf rubbings that you cut out.

Each leaf will represent a person in the child's family and should be big enough to write that person's name on the leaf. Cut enough leaves for each of the child's siblings, parents, and grandparents (or more!).

Write the name of each person on their leaf. You might want to include the relative's relationship to the child, like "Grandma Joan Smith."


3. Glue the leaves to the tree. Put the child's generation at the top of the tree, the parents at the second level, and the grandparents at the bottom.

A reader from Alaska wrote to say that she and her son added extra leaves for local animals (birds, wolves, moose and bears). She also suggested using leaf-rubbings instead of plain construction paper leaves!