Friday, January 20, 2012

Life Off Line: Snowman craft

I'm very close to giving up on the hope of any real winter here in our hometown. :) We're going to have to sit down for a "Let's not complain" family chat soon. We really love winter.

Today in our Women's Ministry a new team of ladies launched the first of a ministry called the Mom's Chair. They were encouraged, and I know the moms who came were encouraged, too. Instead of being with the moms this time, I got to spend the morning with the home school students. We did a lesson/activity combo all about winter, and it was so much fun.We read great books, made lists of adjectives/verbs/nouns, did a mural and labeled the pictures, discussed climate and temperature, colored, and even looked at what the Bible says about winter:

Psalm 147:16-18
He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.
He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow. 

An awesome science lesson came out those verses! Finally, since there's little hope of a "real" snow, we made our own snowmen ... ones that won't melt. Here's what you need:

To make a non-melting snowman:
  • a tube sock
  • yarn
  • felt
  • hot glue or other
  • buttons
  • wiggly eyes
  • rice
We filled the socks with rice and tied them off tightly at the top and in the middle. Fold down the "tube" twice to make the hat. We added eyes, buttons, a foam or felt nose, and a felt strip for a scarf. You can snip the edges to make it look fringed. I also added mittens. Some of us even added cheeks using pink lipstick!

We didn't let the warm winter stop us! :) This a simple craft to make in a little bit of time and inexpensive ingredients. I used this once at a Mother/daughter winter party JoHanna and I hosted - great fun! If you're a mom, an aunt, a grandma, a Sunday School teacher, or someone longing for snow ... this has your name written all over it. :) Next week is going to be even warmer!?!?!  That's okay. I'm going to enjoy it and go for a walk every day ... I've already made my snowman this year. ;)

What "real craft" or project helps you celebrate winter?

Today's Line Off Line Challenge: 
- Make something with real glue. :) A card? A sock snowman?

- Stop by the library & pick up a new book to read before winter melts into spring.

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Faith Stewart said...

Thanks so much for posting this!  I saw these when we were leaving this morning and thought it was so cute!  I can't wait to try it with my kiddos:)

Julie_Sanders said...

I hope you enjoy them. They're great fun. The girls LOVED putting lipstick cheeks on theirs. ;) Julie Sanders

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