Showing posts with label Snowmen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snowmen. Show all posts

January 30, 2013

Snowman Village

Here is a peek at the Snowman Village project.  I love the diversity of their villages.   I love providing a palette of choices.  In this project the children:

  • embellished their houses with markers and watercolor paints
  • painted the cardboard "earth" with snow
  • created snow "people" out of white foam clay (pipecleaners and markers for details)
  • pompoms, sticks and other elements were provided for fun
What I love about creating little villages and habitats is how much it captures the hearts and minds of the children.  It is a hushed room while these little universes are being created.

Afterwards, I like to have the children create a little story to go along with the village.  These villages hold the potential for many stories. . . 

December 30, 2012

Snowball Village

Last week I taught two classes for a new local museum.  My featured projects for both days - little habitats.   I have rarely seen a child who does not adore the task of creating a miniature world.  There is this amazing ability of a little world to pull the storyteller out of children.  I love to have the children write stories about their villages.  It is a rich and wonderful process.

In my kindergarten - I set up making these during Work Stations.  I would often put these in my Literacy Station.   The children would create the village and then write a story to go along with it.


cake boards (ask your local bakery for a donation or purchase at Michael's)
foam snowflake stickers (on sale now 75% off at Michael's)
small white bags (Michael's)
construction paper
white card board
white foam clay (use 40% off coupon at Michael's)

Snow paint: 1 squirt of shaving cream, 1 squeeze of white paint,  1 squeeze of school glue (mix together in dixie cup)

Preparation:  I prepare the bag houses by stuffing them with a bit of newpaper and stapling on a construction paper roof.

 STEP ONE: With markers, decorate your houses.  Add windows, doors, and more!
(Tip:  These are art houses - be creative!)

 Decorate all of your houses.

Glue the houses on your board where you would like them to be.  (Important!  Use the side that is the basic brown cardboard - so the paint will stick.)

Paint the ground with "white snow paint."

 STEP FOUR:  Make snow people!   Roll three balls of foam clay on top of each other!  Easy peasy.

 STEP FIVE:  Put snowflake stickers where you would like on your board.  They make great pathways.

Add pinecones and sticks for extra detailing if desired.
(I came around with my glue gun and did the gluing of the bigger objects.)

 STEP SIX:  Add faces and details on your snow people with markers.

(I found the coolest glitter balls at Michael's in the Christmas decorations on sale.)

 STEP SEVEN:  Draw people for your snow village on white card stock.  Cut out and fold down the bottom to make a tab.  Glue to board.  

STEP EIGHT:  Name your village.

"Snowball Village"

Write a story about your village:

"Once upon a time there were two boys - me and my brother.  We had a snowball fight.  The snowball hit my brother Chris.  He cried."

Here is more inspiration on Snow Village constructions:  Snow Village from Nurture Store

January 11, 2012

Snow People Homework

I love family art projects!  Let's be clear - some children do the work and for other families the child does very little of the work.  So you might ask - why send it home?  I have been doing family art projects for many, many years.  One of the benefits I see is parent/child engagement.  It is a fun and engaging way for parents to work with their children.  It is often less stressful than regular homework and I have heard back over and over again how much the family enjoys it.  So I make it very clear - this is a "family" art project!!  I have included downloads for you with a snow person template and an example of a letter to send out. 

Snowman Template

Snow People Homework


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