Make a cute snowman
decoration using two paper plates. This makes a nice decoration to put on a
door or hang in a window.
- 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
- 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.
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
buttons, you can cut out shapes from construction paper, use round stickers,
glue on real buttons, or simply draw them.
now have a cute snowman decoration!
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.
- Sky blue and green construction paper
- Crayons, tempera paint, or markers
- 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
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!