Have you built up your stockpile of ‘things to do that don’t involve the television‘ when your children are home for the holidays? I’ve been teaching the kids how to do obstacle courses in the playroom as I figure that can kill a lot of time, but so far they haven’t gotten past the first two steps: slide down the slide and jump twice on the trampoline.
This is a simple activity that I adapted from one I pinned (if anyone has the source, let me know!). We did this in Eleanor’s classroom so this will definitely work for kids as young as 4.
- Plastic cup
- Round base: I bought pre-cut wooden circles at JoAnn Fabric, but a cardboard cut out would work just as well
- Miniature figures: we used these presents that were 50% off at Michaels
- Clay (I would have used Fimo if doing this at home)
- Pipe cleaners
- Hot glue gun
- Optional: glitter (although let’s be honest… glitter should never be optional)
The gist of the project is that you create your miniature scene on top of the wooden circle and then invert the plastic cup over your scene to make a modified snow-globe. When I did this at home, I painted the circle first, made the Christmas tree out of clay and let these things dry. The next day, I was able to assemble everything with my hot glue gun.
For the class project, I had to switch it up a bit since we didn’t have the luxury of time. I had the kids make their Christmas tree out of clay (many of them needed some help) and then glued their presents onto the disc. I used the hot glue gun to adhere the tree and then they painted around these objects. They wrapped the pipe cleaner around the cup and I used the hot glue gun to attach. I had pre threaded the cups with a string for hanging.
I was hoping to take pictures of the class putting everything together, but I ended up enjoying the kids and the project too much to step away!
Given the age of Eleanor’s class, I didn’t introduce glitter; Eleanor’s teachers, you’re welcome. With older kids… that would be my finishing touch. Maybe the white glitter to look like sparkly snow. In the classroom, this activity took about 20 minutes, but we were just gluing miniatures. With fewer/ older kids, you could make everything yourself out of clay… you could certainly find a bigger circle and therefore use a bigger cup also. This could take up at least 45 minutes of your long kid-filled days. That’s better than nothing, right?!
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