nothing like a tornado strike to honor kansas day.
the preschoolers having been showing consistent interest in cutting. more specifically, cutting yarn. more specifically yet, cutting the yarn from our weaving project.
so since it was winter white week, we had white yarn in the tub table and tied some of it to an embrodiery hoop hanging from the ceiling (where the magnet used to be).
we decided it looked like we were cutting a beard, so we added a face.
this was a group project based on opening the craft cupboards to find any white things. again, thank you thrift shop! i painted a white snowman outline , then set out the white things and glue.
at the end of the day i poured about 2 bottles of glue over the whole thing (kind of like shellac).
meet our recycled snowman…taller than every preschooler!
more thrifted wooden pieces.
first was painting them with glue (it looked like icing!) with any brush you choose.
then rolling them in tiny snips of white paper.
then letting them dry.
then having to get them off the paper that they dried on.
if hitting doesn’t work, then use a paintbrush to get it off (harder than it seems…and funnier).
then some pipe cleaner nose bending, pipe cleaner eye choosing, green scarf cutting
and some teacher hot gluing.
the conversations were fun to hear. a favorite comment heard, “i bet i could keep this in my room with the door locked and it wouldn’t melt!”
i’ve always looked at glue tops and thought they should be used for something. why not a carrot nose?
here’s what to do:
read snowballs by lois ehlert
notice all the things used for facial features
talk about how a snowflake has poky edges
shred white paper
paint the back of a paper plate with glue
sprinkle the shredded paper on (so it’s poky-looking)
press down on the paper
shake off the extra
wash your hands if you don’t like glue on them
choose 2 milk lid eyes
choose a glue top nose
choose as many tickets as you want for a mouth
choose a hat cut from cardboard (from the wagons’ boxes)
let your teacher use hot glue to make sure they stick
decide if your snow person is a boy or girl
sing this song to the tune of “twinkle, twinkle:
snowboy (or girl or dog or cat, etc), snowboy, where can you be?
i built you yesterday when you were here with me
i made you tall (or small) and i made you fat
i gave you a nose, two eyes, and a hat
now my snowboy has melted away (sing this part very slowly and with a sad face)
but the snow is falling and it’s time to play! (sing this part very quickly while clapping)
inspired by amanda dade’s new years parade, a spontaneous game we played was so much fun. everyone is on the ground pretending to be asleep.
using our judy clock, we started at 1:00 and moved it around and around calling out the “o’clocks” as we did.
then when we get to 12 o’clock we jump up and yell, “happy new year!!!”