Hi friends! Meet Leah, aka Supermom 🙂 Seriously! Just keep reading and you’ll see what I mean! Thanks so much for sharing these great activities, Leah…
I’m one of those crazies that starts to plan for Christmas in July. I scour Pinterest, looking for things I want to bake, cute ideas for decorating and a list of crafts I want to create. Now that Avery is older (2 years) part of my searching involved how to make the holidays special for my little one. There are so many cute ideas out there, it’s hard to figure out where to start or what to pick.
At the end of November, I started planning books paired with activities for the Advent calendar I decided on doing for Avery. I wrote a post on it here. To sum it up, she unwraps a book each day and I have an activity planned that goes along with the book. It’s been a lot of fun so far. We’re doing it right after naps. It gives her something to look forward to and me a little time to put things together while she’s sleeping. Like Vanessa, we have a new little boy at home as of October 1st. Another reason I love this Advent is because it’s big sister’s special time with mommy each day. Even if I’m wearing her little brother because he’s fighting his nap while we do it.
Today, I’m going to share with you some simple snowman crafts we did earlier this week. The book she was gifted was That’s not my snowman. Avery loves this series of books, they are lots of fun to read too!
On this day, I planned a fun snack (thank you Pinterest!) and a few simple crafts.
For the snack, we made a donut snowman. I put a straw through the center of the three donuts, making sure not to stick it all the way through the top one. I used M&M’s for the two button holes, candy corn for the nose and chocolate chips for the eyes. For the scarf, I used some mini starburst that I pressed together. Fruit leather would work much better, but I forgot to get it at the store.
The first craft we tackled was a marshmallow snowman. I drew a snowman on card stock and outlined it with glue for Avery to place marshmallows. I modeled how to do it and she followed. It took a while to do this one because she would eat one, then place one on the snowman, eat another and so forth.
Next up was pom pom painting. I drew the same snowman figure on another piece of card stock. I poured a little paint on a paper plate and used a clothespin to hold a pom pom. Pom pom painting is one of Avery’s favorites. She did a pretty good job putting “snow” on the snowman. Of course, she thought he needed some on his hands too. She’s definitely my outside of the box thinker.
The last craft for the day was a button snowman. Again, I drew a snowman on card stock. I had a container of white buttons in a variety of sizes. I feel like this was the activity she learned the most from. Fine motor skills were used for placing the buttons on the dots of glue I put on the snowman. She also sorted big and small buttons. I love crafts that have lots of teachable moments. She ended up playing with the buttons for thirty minutes after we were finished with this one. She would put them in the container and dump them out over and over again. I have a feeling she’ll love decorating a felt tree with buttons, which is planned for next week!
In Avery’s playroom I have a felt board hanging on the wall. I just covered a piece of foam board with felt and hubs nailed it into the wall. I change the theme every month and decided on a snowman for this month since she already has a felt Christmas tree downstairs.
Here is how all three of our little projects turned out. They’re now proudly displayed in her playroom.
If you’re stuck at home this winter with your little one, these would be great snow day activities! To see more toddler activities you can check out my Mommy School Units and follow me on IG @LeahEverydayLove.
Thank you Vanessa so much for having me today!