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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 ~ The Jacket I Wear in the Snow January 6, 2012

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After a long break from stART, we are back at it!  This week we read the book, “The Jacket I Wear in the Snow” by Shirley Neitzel.  Even though we’ve been having unseasonably warm weather this winter, we decided to do a project about snow.  After 62 degrees here in the Midwest yesterday, we are bracing ourselves for when the weather really decides to turn on us.

This book is great for the young child since it is a repetitive rhyme that uses rebus pictures so they can read along.  It is about a child putting layer after layer of clothing on to go out and play in the snow.  Like many kids, after all the work to get ready something happens and he need to come inside and shed all the layers.  The best part of playing in the snow is the hot chocolate when you come back inside, right?

We created a stocking hat out of a paper plate, construction paper, stamps and cotton balls.  I found this idea on yes, you guessed it, Pintrest!  We started with a paper plate cut in half.  I then had Will choose a color of construction paper for the bottom of the hat and ball at the top.  I cut those pieces out, and Will glued them on the plate. Next, we stretched out 3-4 cotton balls and glued them to the top of the hat.

Last, we decorated the hat.  Will stamped images of a snowflake randomly on the paper plate part of the hat using light blue ink.  I think his favorite part was cutting the multi-colored circles out of construction paper using a 1-inch hole punch.  He glued each of those on the hat as well.

Here is the finished product.  He decided he was done with the project since he was itching to play trains

(as you can probably tell from the picture).


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