Welcome to January’s edition of ‘Cutting Edge Craft’: what Beany and I really get up to. The truth behind the laminated learning games and bottle top wonders.
There are many websites that demonstrate craft projects for the
budding genius toddler, far better than I could ever hope to, so instead I try to bring you a tongue-in-cheek look at a simple seasonal craft project each month, to re-create with your little monster, trouble monkey, creative whirlwind, pickle.
Play matters and these craft projects can be added to if your child is older or made simpler if they are younger. The important thing is to have fun!
COTTON WOOL SNOWMEN
(Apprentice’s Age: 2 years old)
Here’s what you’ll need:
This is a super simple wintery project to enjoy with your wee one. You can draw the snowmen or they can depending on their age and abilities.
Draw the outline of some snowmen on a sheet of paper with the marker pen. First stick on the eyes and nose. To make the nose, make a triangle with the pipe cleaner. Then stick on some sparkly pom pom buttons.
Fill the rest of the outline in with glue, tear up the cotton wool and get sticking. This is very therapeutic and you will soon become so engrossed in your task that it’s not until you are finished and look up that you discover that there is just as much cotton wool on your toddler’s face and hands. Never fear, you have created a living work of art.
We used PVA glue for this project but you could use a stick of glue or double sided sticky tape to minimise the mess, although this may end up covered in cotton wool too.
Once you’ve mastered the loan snowman, then why not try a row of snowmen. You could use sparkly pom poms for their noses. Ready for the next level? Create a snowy scene in a woodland pom pom extravaganza!
Have you tried this project with your little one? Let me know in the comments below.