With the snow just about to fly tonight, it is lovely timing for a snowman craft for kids, yes? But first, my story …
I recently realized it has been awhile since I shared with you any “nuts and bolts and real tools” kind of activities. Rest assured, my little builders are still at it. They have even been helping with some big projects on the farm (I smile as I write that, as at the moment it is far more a ‘house in a big forest-like field’ than a farm, but a girl can dream).
The kids helped build the chicken coop, and then helped build the second chicken coop when Mama deemed the first too small. And then they helped with the extension on that second coop as well when indecisive Mama felt it still not quite right. (I have some very lucky chickens, and a very unlucky husband).
The kids have been busy learning with drills and hammers, nails and washers, bolts and nuts. And most recently we have done some crafting along the same lines.
Benjamin was exploring some washers the other day, and they ended up in a straight line on the ground. Rather resembling a snowman. If you join us here regularly you likely know that if something “rather resembles” something else, it will, very likely, wind up becoming that something else that very same day. And so they did.
For this washer snowman craft for kids we used 4 medium sized washers, one screw, and one nut (I am not referring to myself or my kids, I mean a real nut).
The kids painted 3 washers white. We just painted one side of the washers.
Next, they painted 1 washer and the nut black. This is for the snowman’s top hat.
Finally, they painted the screw orange. This actually resulted in a whole other activity – painting with spinning screws. I will share this another day. It’s a really neat art exploration!
After everything was dry, we put the snowman together.
We cut a one inch piece of white pipecleaner and wrapped two white washers together. Then we did the same to the third white washer.
We took what was left of the pipecleaner and wrapped it around the top of the top white washer. Then we threaded on the black washer and the black nut.
Finally I hot glued on the carrot-screw nose. The entire snowman could have easily been hot glued together, but I wanted my little guys to play a role in constructing this snowman craft.
I must say this snowman craft turned out even cuter than I thought it would! It makes a very pretty ornament, though my little guys think it would make a lovely pendant for a necklace.
It could even be a lovely child-made gift for a loved one. Who wouldn’t love to receive a washer-nut-screw snowman for Christmas?!
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