Molly, my three year old, is just starting the snipping stage of using scissors, but if I let her try her hand at paper snowflakes, her 18 month sister would want to use scissors too. So to avoid the meltdown that ensues when one wants what the other one has, I opted for my go-to toddler-friendly craft plan: put things on things.
|Step 1: Glue 3 popsicle sticks together and let dry.|
|Step 2: Paint the snowflakes white.|
|**Pro-tip: Add a tiny bit of dishwashing soap and water to acrylic paint for easy-peasy clean-up of hands and brushes.**|
|Step 3: Glue things on! I made the glue dots, they put the pieces on. We used jewels and sequins, because my princesses like all things sparkly, but you could use buttons, pom poms, beads, anything that is small.|
|Step 4: Add glitter glue. We have a strict "no glitter" policy in my house. (There has to be a level of messy tolerance at some point.) but we love using glitter glue!!!|
|Crayola makes this little "Pip Squeaks" set that I love.|
|Step 6: Hang and enjoy!|
If you want to try your hand at the paper snow flake variety, here are some tips that make life easier:
- Start with a circle. If you start with a square, no matter how much you trim, they come out looking "squarey". Trace circles onto paper first, then cut out. (This project is so good for developing tracing skills. In the world of Cricuts and pre-cut shapes, kids don't trace/cut out nearly as much as we did when we were kids.)
- Try different sizes of circles. Raid the kitchen cabinets for tupperware lids, cups, and pots.
- Fold circles in half, and then into thirds to make 6-sided snowflakes. DO NOT fold them in half 3 times. (This gives you 8-sided snowflakes, which do not exist and is one of my biggest pet-peeves. *sorry*)
- Computer paper works just fine, but if your child finds it hard to cut through paper, try using coffee filters.
- If you don't like the way your snowflake comes out when you unfold it, there are no "snowflake police" that say you can't refold and remove more paper. (Try to have more negative space than positive space to have lacier snowflakes.)
|Source: http://www.kidskubby.com/paper-ballerina-snowflakes/ See site for ballerina templates|
|Source: Paper Zone Blog|
And now.... drum roll please....
How to keep your floors scrap-free after the paper snowflake making frenzy.......
1. Instruct students/kids that they will be making two things in addition to their snowflakes.
|Flurries (scraps cut away from snowflakes.)|
|Snow balls (paper left over from cut-out circles and then "balled up")|
2. Tell them that there will be a contest to see who can collect the most flurries. (Give them a bowl/tray to collect them in.) Kids will be under the tables on their hands and knees to get every last scrap when you tell them its time to clean up... its like a winter miracle.
3. At the end of class, declare them all winners.
4. Their reward for being excellent "flurry catchers" is a 30 second snow-ball fight. (All snowballs must be thrown into trash cans when you declare the snowball fight over.)
Hope you are inspired to make some snowflakes with your littles this weekend! We would love to hear which projects you tried and how they turned out. Leave us some comment love! We would love to hear from you! :o)
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