Your kids will love this funny melting snowman with a funny take on a traditional winter craft activity from our Member of the Month, Jen.
Did you know that you don’t have to be a Mom to be in The Activity Room®?
Hands-on activity plans are great for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and nannies, too. Our Member of the Month, Jen, discovered the joys of super simple, pre-planned activities for the children that she cares for as a nanny.
Before The Activity Room, Jen spent hours searching online for fun and engaging activity ideas. She’s been able to come up with great activities over the years.
But it was taking her longer and longer to find fresh ideas.
The Activity Room has taken the guesswork out of Jen’s job.
“I love now that all I have to do is look and see what the activity is and we do it,” Jen explains. “I usually have most of the supplies we need and very little prep time means more time spent with the boys!”
Let’s Meet Jen
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
I’m a nanny for 2 boys. They are 3 1/2 and 18 months.
How long have you been in The Activity Room®?
I have been a member since May 2018.
What is your favorite activity you’ve done in The Activity Room®?
I asked the 3 1/2-year-old and his two favorites so far have been: Using clothespins to pin nature and the magic milk.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids when you get a few moments?
I honestly love spending time just talking with both of them and making sure I’m connecting with each of them on their level.
The little guy is learning so many new words every day and it’s really exciting. And the 3 1/2 yr. old is so full of questions about everything. I try to answer his questions the best I can.
What’s your best tip for doing activities with your kids?
Just relax and have fun and let the kids lead as much as possible.
If you were to tell a friend about The Activity Room®, what would you say to them?
The Activity Room® is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I have been a nanny for many different families over the years and I have always been able to find fun things to do with the kids to keep them busy.
But the hours I had to spend searching through books and finding things online was becoming a longer and longer process for me.
Plus then I would have to print things or buy a million supplies and then do a ton of prep work.
I love now that all I have to do is look and see what the activity is and we do it! I usually have most of the supplies we need and very little prep time means more time spent with the boys!
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“Children are mirrors, they reflect back to us all we say and do.” ~Pam Leo
Make Your Own Melting Snowman for a Funny Winter Craft for Kids
Most winter crafts, especially snowman crafts, are all about creating a beautiful finished product. Three round balls, a cute carrot nose, and a winter scarf.
Instead of creating a traditional snowman, make a funny little melting snowman!
To make your own melting snowman, you’ll need:
- construction paper
- shaving cream
- white school glue (we used Elmer’s)
- craft sticks
Before you begin, cut out a carrot nose, a hat, and the scarf. Also set out buttons and craft sticks to finish your snowman.
Start by making your own puffy paint “snow” by mixing equal parts shaving cream and glue. We used about a cup of glue and a little more than a cup of shaving cream.
Mix it well and spread it all around your paper. My kids chose blue construction paper, but you can use any color your kids want.
After “melting” our snowman, we added the carrot nose, scarf, hat, buttons, and craft stick arms. I let the boys place them wherever they chose.
Finally, I added a funny little poem to the bottom of our snowmen.
This was such a fun sensory activity! They spread the snow mix with their hands and loved squishing the snowman pieces down.