This week, our kindergarten/first grade class read the story Katie and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. Our craft was a simple but fun snowman picture. If you’ve been experiencing wintery weather lately, give this craft a try.
- Colored cardstock (any color will do, but we used a dark turquoise color)
- White cardstock
- Glue Stick
- Elmer’s glue
- Googley eyes
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
- White acrylic craft paint
- Styrofoam plate
- Water in a container
- Two small-medium paint brushes
- Paper towels
- 3 objects with circular bases, 3 different sizes (i.e. a mug, the lid to a jar, etc.)
To prepare, draw 3 circles of different sizes (small, medium, and large) on a piece of white cardstock using the 3 objects with circular bases. Older students can do this step themselves.
Next, draw a hat (or several different hats if you want to give the student a choice) on the piece of white cardstock. Older students can draw the hat themselves.
Now draw a triangle for the snowman’s “carrot” nose on the white cardstock. Again, older students can draw the nose by themselves.
Have you gathered all of the supplies? Now you’re ready to create your snowman!
1. To begin, color the hat and triangular “carrot” nose with crayons, colored pencils, or makers.
2. Next, cut out the hat, carrot nose, and 3 circles.
3. Using the glue stick, glue the circles onto the colored cardstock, placing the largest on the bottom, the medium-sized one in the middle, and the smallest on top, forming a snowman.
4. Next, glue the carrot nose onto the face of the snowman. Glue the hat onto the head of the snowman.
5. With a pen, give your snowman a smile. You might also want to draw on arms or buttons.
6. Now it’s time to add the snow! Cover your table top with newspaper. Next, pour a small amount of white paint onto the Styrofoam plate. Dip one brush into the water and then in the paint to dilute it a little bit. Now, hold that brush over your painting and begin tapping the handle of it with the handle of your other brush. The paint will spatter all over your painting, forming the snow flurries.
7. As a final step, glue on the googley eyes using Elmer’s or school glue (this step comes after painting the snow so the eyes won’t get paint on them).
When you’re finished, put it in a safe place to dry, and you can soon hang up your snowy day picture!