Playing off our snowman theme, we created a "disassembled snowman" snack. It was simple, fun and it covered sweet, salty and healthy.
Disassembled Snowman Snack
Water Bottle Snowmen Craft
What you'll need:
brown pipe cleaners, black and orange beads, glue dots (my new best friend), cotton balls, black paint, black construction paper, 2 inch hole punch and/or scissors, garland or ribbon for a scarf
We were working on limited time and with a group of kindergartners so I did a bit of prep work. I painted the lids black and tied on the scarves. For the arms, I cut one pipe cleaner in half, then folded each piece in half and twisted around itself until I had a "y" shape. Then I used a razor to create slits on each side of the water bottle to insert the arms. I used glue dots to stick the beads on strips for each child. This way there was no glue mess or dry time time to contend with. It was also helpful because it provided each child the amount of beads they needed without beads rolling around everywhere. I also pre-packaged sandwich bags with 10 cotton balls each because you know they would stuff that water bottle with as many cotton balls as they could if given the option:). The rims of the hats were two inch circles of black construction paper with a hole the size of the cap in the center so it could be slipped right on top. (I used my two inch hole punch, then traced the cap in the center, then cut out centers.)
|Don't these look like dot candies?|
|Sandwich bag with 6 bead strips and 6 hat rims ready to go|
in a grocery bag with the other supplies.
I also made glitter and peppermint scented play dough as a back up in case we had extra time. But the snack and craft were just enough. You could also make snowmen out of the play dough with the same supplies.
Teacher Gift: Snowglobe Gift Cards
We presented our gift cards to the teachers in DIY snowglobes. A few years ago, my sister tipped me off to the DIY snow globe and it's been on my to do list ever since. You can do the snowglobe wet or dry. I read an article that said they tested putting a gift card in water for a week, but I really didn't want to chance it, so I kept our snowglobes dry.
jar (I used salsa jar,already had silver lid too),
mini snowmen, trees, fake snow, snowflake confetti, glitter, glue gun, gift card
To attach the gift card to the lid, just run a thick bead of glue onto the lid and stick it in. I did a test run and found it took some muscle to pull the gift card off, so I traced white cardstock and folded it up about a 1/2 inch in the front and covered the entire back of the gift card. The cardstock would be easier to break free and I simply put a glue dot on the back of the gift card so the cardstock stayed attached like a one sided envelope. You can certainly do it without the cardstock.
Aren't they cute?
I made one for myself while I was at it! For mine, I used a pickle jar and wasn't so lucky with the lid color this time, so I painted it silver. And I decided to experiment with glue dots instead of the glue gun to adhere the tree. It worked! Love those glue dots!
These would make great gifts on their own without a gift card, especially to bring for the host of a holiday party. Inexpensive, easy and very fun! LOVE!