Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: January 31, 2017 - Egg Carton 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).
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.

What have we been up to?

In our homeschool we have been busy learning about the rainforest and Brazil. I decided to extend our stay for an additional week so we could have a chance to make some recipes from Brazil and have a celebration. Oh, and it is giving us time to catch up on some of our activities. This week we continued our unit on frogs. These days, the extent of our kindergarten unit usually ends up being me reading the books for the unit, and having Harold do his worksheets. We don't get a chance to do most of the activities included in the curriculum.

Moving on to co-op, I wanted to do one last snowman craft with the children. I needed something simple, and one that I had all the supplies for. There are so many cute crafts on my Chock-Full of Snowman Fun Round Up, but I was having a hard time finding one for which I had all the needed materials. So, I went searching on the internet. I found an adorable idea over on Crafty Morning. One of the aspects I liked about this craft was that it wasn't another snowman created on a piece of paper, as we had done the previous three weeks. Instead, it is creating a snowman out of a 3-section piece of an egg carton.

Isn't he cute?

As is the case with most of the crafts I find elsewhere, this Egg Carton Snowman was inspired by the one found, but it has a few tweaks from the original. I decided to forego glitter buttons in favor of pom poms, and I nixed the hat altogether. The other change was the kind of paper used for the scarf. The original uses wrapping paper. I was going to use felt, until I realized it doesn't glue together very well. I ended up using tissue paper strips, which worked rather nicely.

Here are the materials you will need:

(You may notice the eyes of the snowman are different in this picture. I had originally used black beans because I couldn't find my wiggle eyes. Thankfully, there were some wiggle eyes in our craft supply tub in the preschool co-op room.  I was going to allow the children to choose between the wiggle eyes and the black beans, but I realized the black beans actually made my snowman look a bit evil. I quickly changed the eyes on my snowman, but it was too late to re-take the materials-needed picture. So, if you like the look of the snowman with black bean eyes (that sort of looks like coal, you know, like Frosty the Snowman has), then feel free to use them.

3-section strips of egg cartons (1 per child)
White paint
Wiggle Eyes (or dry black beans)
Tiny Pom Poms
Orange Pipe Cleaners
Black marker
Tissue paper
White school glue
A Push Pin (I used this to poke a hole in the top section so the nose could be poked in easily)

I started out by having the children paint the snowmen one at a time, so I could supervise them easier as we have a couple of children who are a bit younger than the others. Older children could work more independently, so would be able to work together in a group to complete this step.

Okay, so I ended up having a couple of them work at the same time. One older, one younger)

We let the snowmen dry while we had snack, and then I gathered them all at the table to complete the snowmen.  I had poked the holes for the noses before calling the children to the table. And the first thing they did was stick the pipe cleaner through the hole. Then we moved on to the steps that needed glue, which would be the eyes and the pompoms. 

As I was walking around applying glue, I wasn't able to snap any pictures. But I figure that step is easy enough to understand. Then I had the children choose the color tissue paper they wanted and cut off a long strip. They laid it underneath the snowman's neck and glue was applied to the top section. The children then wrapped one side of the scarf around. More glue was applied, and the other side was wrapped around.

Then the children used the black marker to draw a mouth onto their snowmen.

Here are their finished creations:

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

We are currently reviewing Times Alive from Times Tables the Fun Way. Look for this review the second week in February. And Hannah has a new Language Arts Curriculum from Eclectic Foundations. That review will be posted the beginning of March. We are also reviewing two products that will be shared on the Old Schoolhouse website - Joseph: The Canada Goose, which is a storybook and art lesson book from How Great Thou Art Publications, and The Word Warriors Game.

Some Things I would like to share with you:

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. 

And, as Valentines Day is right around the corner, here is my Tons-of-Fun Valentines Day Round Up.

Next week I will be posting my Valentine's Day Literature and Craft Round Up. If you have any posts you would like to be included in this round up, please contact me by leaving a comment or emailing me. You can find my contact info on my About Me page. The posts can focus on a compilation of Valentine's Day books, or a craft that was inspired by a book. Please no posts that do not include a book. Thank you.

I am trying to line up guest posts for 2017. 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 8 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

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 randomly selected post is:

And here is this week's top clicked on post.

Shannon from Crafty Mama in ME shared Super Bowl Cupcakes.

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. I love those egg carton snowmen and I really like the tissue paper scarves and pom pom buttons that you changed, too!

  2. We did our own version of your contact paper snowman craft! :) Thanks for the inspiration!


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