Toilet Paper Roll Snowman

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I don’t know about you, but we go through SO MUCH toilet paper. The crafty side of me decided to keep these empty toilet paper rolls and do something fun with them!

These little snowmen are so cute, and my toddler had a blast making them! Please let your child choose what color pipe cleaners, eyes, etc.to use. Hopefully this can be used as learning opportunity as well. We focused on colors (he just turned two), and his hand/eye coordination.

Here’s what you will need:

  • hot glue gun
  • decorative fabric for a hat (I used an old Christmas sock)
  • pipe cleaners
  • crayons or markers
  • white paint
  • Elmer’s glue
  • fake eye balls (afterthought: you could also use those little puff balls)

This craft will take a little bit of prep work from you. Or, if your child is old enough, have them help!

Here’s how to make them:

  1.  Paint all the rolls white. whitetubes
  2. Cut large triangles out of your fabric about 1 1/2 inches per side. Next, hot glue two seams together. Be sure to flip the fabric inside out before you glue! Once the glue was dry, flip your fabric right side out so that you no longer see the glue seam. You now have hats!snowmanhat
  3. On the roll, cut two small slits on each side at about the half way mark. This is where the pipe cleaner arms will go. You may need to cut your pipe cleaners in half. Let your child put the pipe cleaners in the holes.
  4. Cut a small slit in the middle front of the roll, about an inch down for the pipe cleaner nose. Cut some small pipe cleaner pieces for the nose. Again, let them put the nose in.
  5. If your child is handy with glue, mine is not, let them add the eyes and buttons. If you are in control of the glue, put a dollop where the eyes and buttons go and let them add those pieces. snowmaneyes
  6. Have your child put the hat and scarf on the snowman. I had to glue the hat down in order for it to stay on. The scarf is just a pipe cleaner wrapped around the tube.
  7. Draw a snowman smile.

At this point, the snowman is complete. If your little one wants to give it some pizzazz by coloring it, let them!!

Have fun!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowman Painting – Sensory Play

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Since it is way too cold to go outside and play today, I thought  we would do some arts and crafts. I love to paint (although I’m not very good), and I want to share the joy of painting with my kids.

I have a large tote of craft supplies, so I grabbed some white and blue paint, cotton balls, and blue card stock paper. Of course, my son came with me to get supplies and saw our stash of fake Easter eggs. He wanted an egg, so I figured I would let him get a bit creative with it!snowmanpaint

On a paper plate, I poured a dollop of white paint, and one of blue. I gave him a handful of cotton balls and showed him how to dab it in the paint and put it on his paper.

I helped him build his snowman by dipping his plastic Easter egg into his paint. We gave  him a face and some buttons.He finished the painting by adding some white and blue snowflakes! (Don’t be afraid to let your little one be  creative and do things on their own, just buy washable paint!)

We had a lot of fun creating his snowman masterpiece!

I hope that you and you’re little one will enjoy it as much as we did! Please like and share this post if you did!