Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: January 10, 2017: Craft Highlight- Sticky Paper Snowman Craft

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up or a part of a past Round Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

Welcome to the first Littles Learning Link Up Highlight post of 2017! I hope to have highlight posts once a month, but no promises.

A highlight post isn't the same as a feature. With the highlighted post, we will actually be making the craft(s) or participating in the activity. You will get to see how much we enjoyed it, and I will be mentioning any tweaks that I add. Of course I will be linking back to the original post. 

Littles Learning Link Up January Highlight:

In last year's Chock-Full of Snowman Fun Round Up, Katie from Gift of Curiosity shared a cute, and simple, snowman craft called Sticky Paper Snowman Craft. I thought it would be a great activity for the children in the preschool craft at co-op. And I was right. I just didn't get to try it out until a year later as I wasn't teaching preschool at the time my round up posted. 

Sticky Paper Snowman Craft

You will need the following materials:

1 sheet of light blue construction paper per child, cut to make a 1 inch border frame. 
(You need to keep the inner section)
Contact paper to fit over the hole of the frame.
White construction paper circles (in 3 sizes)
Thin stips of brown construction paper for arms
Black construction paper (thin strip for the brim and a small square for the hat)
Markers for buttons and facial features
Little squares of white tissue paper for snow

Here is how we made the Sticky Paper Snowman Craft

I prepared the frames ahead of time and laid them in front of the children sticky side up. Then they started by putting the biggest circle at the bottom of the sticky part.

They then needed to draw buttons on the middle-sized circle BEFORE adding it to the picture.

They then need to flip this circle upside down so the buttons will show in the finished frame. This may be a little confusing for some children. I had to make sure they understood that they would be turning the picture around and would see their lovely creations after we were all done.

Then they drew facial features (eyes, nose and mouth) on the smallest circle, and flipped it upside down to put it on the top of the snowman. Children may need help getting it lined up right, so the face isn't upside down or sideways. Luckily the construction paper comes off the contact paper fairly easily if they haven't pushed down yet. I can't say the same for the tissue paper. That sticks right away!

Children then need to add the arms, brim, and square.

Then they add the tissue paper squares.

When they are satisfied with their creations...

...the back is taped to the back of the picture.
(This was my one tweak to the craft. Katie from Gift of Curiosity had used a white piece of paper. I thought we could see the snow better by using the blue paper.)

All done!

Once again, I love seeing the way one craft can show such individuality.

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

Currently there are no Homeschool Review Crew reviews scheduled to post as the year has just started, and I am not on any reviews yet. However, I should be sharing some children's book reviews soon. We have been using a few products that I will be sharing reviews for over at The Old Schoolhouse website.

Here are a couple of things I would like to share with you:

Speaking of snowmen, here is my Chock-Full of Snowman Fun Round Up from last year.

And here is my Celebration of Snowmen post from a few years ago. 

I am still lining up guest posts. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 11 wonderful posts linked up! 
There were no clicks, so I will be choosing 2 random posts.

Please don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's 1st Randomly Selected Post is:

Amanda from Sicily's Heart and Home shared How to Be Successful By Setting Tot School Goals.

This week's 2nd Randomly Selected Post is:

Carly from Lipgloss and Crayons shared 17 Rainy Day Activities for Kids.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.



  1. For some reason, we've just never gotten into the contact paper craft thing around here. These sure are cute, though! Hope your week has gotten off to a great start!

  2. Love the snowman craft! I may try that, but since my kids are older, we'll use hole punch circles for our "snow." :)


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