Sunday, December 25, 2011

Yet Another Easy Holiday Craft for Kids: Soap Snowman

Awww, aren't they cute?

Well, fellow parents, Christmas vacation is upon us. Or winter break, or holiday break, or whatever you call it in your school district. It all means the same thing: the kids are home for a long, long time.

I happen to love Christmas vacation, but I know it's also rife with opportunity for much fussing, sibling bickering, whining, sleep-deprivation-fueled meltdowns, and wails of, "What should I doooooo?" So in the interest of burning some daylight hours, here's another sweet holiday craft that can decorate your table all winter, if you are so inclined.

This craft is from a book called Angelina Ballerina's Christmas Crafts, which is adorable and which I highly recommend, if only for the included stickers and gift tags. No, not really! Don't buy it just for the gift tags. After all, it's a little late for those, isn't it? No, no, buy the book because it's cute, sweet, has great illustrations, and is chock-full of cute crafts, many of which transcend Christmas (so you can still use the book in January), and some of which you will actually want to do. (ha!)

Here are my paraphrased instructions:

Soap Snowman

Materials needed:

Mat or newspaper to cover your work surface
Paper plates (or other plates)
1 bar of white bar soap, such as Ivory or Jergen's, for each child making a snowman
Small bowl of water; spoons
Small twigs
Peppercorns, baking decorations, or anything else you can think of for eyes and mouth
Ribbon

Method:

Over a plate, grate the bar of soap until you have a nice pile of snow-like flakes (ADULT'S JOB ONLY). With SMALL spoonfuls of water as needed, form the grated soap into three balls to form the snowman's body. Use the water to stick the three balls together, but add only a bit of water at a time so you don't end up with melted soap or bubbles.

Gently add peppercorn or baking-decor eyes and nose, small twig arms, and a ribbon scarf. Sprinkle extra grated soap around the base of the snowman, if desired.




1 comment:

Helen W said...

If you use Ivory soap, you can cut up the bar and put it in the microwave for about 30sec to 1 min and create "snow." The bar will poof up (like a marshmallow in the microwave.) Once it cools down a bit it will flake very easily. I do this with my students and they are all amazed that the bar of soap will poof up so big. They also love squishing the warm soap. You can then sculpt the soap by adding some water and mixing together.