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stART ~ Snowmen at Night January 18, 2013

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We finally did another stART project this week.  It sure has been a while.  Will and I had a fun spending time together doing something creative.  I hope you like our project!

We read the book “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn and Mark Buehner.  It is a cute book that explores the adventures snowmen have at night.  While we are sleeping, snowmen have all sorts of fun playing which may leave them looking disheveled in the morning.  Will just loved the one snowman in the story who had a pickle for a nose instead of a carrot.  He just kept laughing and pointing it out on every page.

Snowmen at Night

For our project we made Melted Snowmen treats.  I found this idea on Pintrest which led me here at Parents Magazine.

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These treats were quick and easy — just the right project for a 4-year-old and his mom while the baby jumped in his jumper!  Win-win for everyone!

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First, melt almond bark (or candy melts) according to the directions on the package.  After it is melted drop a heaping tablespoon of candy in a blob on waxed paper.  Use the spoon to spread out the candy and shape it.

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To Decorate:

Hat:  Wilton Light Cocoa candy melt with a Rolo attached (using a dab of almond bark)

Eyes and Mouth – mini chocolate chips

Nose:  Orange Tic-tac

I put each item in a small bowl to make them easier to get at since we needed to work fast before the almond bark hardened.

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melted snowmen labeled

Looks like our weather in the Midwest will be changing from melted snowmen weather to FREEZING in the next few days!


stART~ All You Need for a Snowman February 26, 2012

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Last week we read another cute snowman story called “All You Need for a Snowman” by Alice Schertle.  This story follows a group of kids out playing in the snow.  They begin building a snowman when one little snowflake falls from the sky.  Piece by piece they add to the snowman until he is all decked out!  It is a great little story with wonderful illustrations.


For our project we constructed a snowman of our own (inside – since at that time there was no snow here). 




We started with a toilet paper roll.  Will painted it with white craft paint. 


The next day, after the paint dried, we added all the details.  I hole-punched a hole near the top on either side of the tube.  I strung a pipe cleaner through to make the band of the earmuffs.  Then we glued on the sparkley pom-poms to each side (covering the holes).  We added buttons, wiggly eye, a paper carrot nose and drew on the smile with a black pen.


We added it to our winter decorations in the dining area at home.  This was a fun little project! 



stART ~ Sadie and the Snowman January 29, 2012

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The snow has finally hit South Dakota (to stay I’m afraid) so it finally doesn’t feel so weird to be reading all those winter books.  This week we used one of our favorite winter books, “Sadie and the Snowman” by Allan Morgan.  If you haven’t read this book, it is a must!

This book is about a little girl named, Sadie, who spends the whole winter building and rebuilding snowmen.  As the winter goes on the snowman gets smaller and smaller (as do the supplies she uses to make the eyes, nose and mouth).  With each snowman the birds eat the eyes, the squirrel eats the noses and the raccoon eats the mouths.  At the end of winter Sadie does something special to save her snowman for next winter.  Read the book to find out!

For our project we of course made a snowman!

This was another Pintrest  idea.  It was a quick and easy project with so many good skills for the preschooler. 

Will had his first lesson in lacing.  I used a hole punch to make the holes around a small, white paper plate.  I taped the end of a piece of white yarn to the back of the plate and then also rolled tape around the opposite end so it wouldn’t ravel during the lacing.  It took a little while, but Will got the hang of it with some help.

Next, we used wiggly eyes, orange construction paper and chocolate chips to make the snowman’s face.  Will was so excited to put the chocolate chips on (and snitch quite a few for himself). 

Here is the finished product!  It turned out pretty cute.  Will gave his snowman project to his Great-Grandma T. for her 98th birthday.  He didn’t pose too long for the picture (playing with cousins to do), but he did present it to her with a hug!  (BTW ~ Saturday is jammie day at our house for as long as possible)


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