Category Archives: holiday project

Snowman Snowball Shooter Craft

Snowman Snowball Shooter Craft

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The Snowman Snowball Shooter is always a popular item at the school holiday parties. I made them a few years ago with Stella’s class and I’m going to make them again this week with Charlotte’s. The supplies are easy to find, the prep work is not too bad, and the kids love every minute of creating the snowman face and then testing out the cotton ball launcher.

I did learn my lesson after researching them a few years ago and making them the first time. The examples I saw used hot glue and a white balloon. Hot glue is a mess and does not last as long. Many of the balloons and cups came apart quickly. The white balloon just didn’t look as nice to me.

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This year I found some black balloons and black Duck Tape. I cut the tape strips in half lengthwise. It worked fantastically. The balloons stay in place launch after launch after launch. To prep the craft for school, I go ahead and cut the buttoms off of the cups, cut the balloon and tape it to the cup. I leave the face decorating to the students. They can use craft paper and glue or makers. Then they put the cotton ball into the cup, pull back the balloon and blast the “snowballs” all over the room. I send each student home with 3-4 cotton balls.

Supplies (for those of you that need an orderly list):

  1. Styrofoam cups (cut off the bottom)
  2. Black balloons (cut off the bottom where you would put your mouth to blow it up)
  3. Black duck tape
  4. Face decorations (markers or colored paper and glue)
  5. Cotton balls

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What’s your favorite holiday craft?

 

Leprechaun Traps

Leprechaun Traps

St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday! Last year was the first year the kids set Leprechaun Traps the night before to see what would happen. You can read that How to Make A Leprechaun Trap post for step-by-step instructions. But it’s really not that complicated. You just need some boxes, paper, and markers. This was a

Dear Santa 2014

Dear Santa 2014

If you’ve been a Take 10 reader for awhile, you know all about St. Nick and my very selfish reasons for keeping this tradition going. If you are new check out a previous post a couple years ago about St. Nick and why I LOVE him so much. Plus it will link you to some

Muffin Tin Holiday Countdown

Muffin Tin Holiday Countdown

A friend posted this photo on Facebook this morning. I, of course, had to know more details. And then I, of course, had to ask to steal her photo and share the idea with everyone! Thanks Gretchen!!! She has two daughters. Each girl has one of these in order to countdown to Christmas this month.

Thanksgiving Party Ideas

Thanksgiving Party Ideas

First of all, these are NOT my photos! However, I did steal them off of Facebook with permission. Two of my FB friends attended the same “Friendsgiving” party over the weekend. And these are their creations. I knew they were such great ideas that I just had to share them. I begged for the photos

Ice Bucket Challenge Halloween Costume

Ice Bucket Challenge Halloween Costume

I have to admit that I did not come up with this idea all on my own. We were at another Halloween event and I saw a little girl dressed similarly as this costume. As soon as I saw it, I knew that it should be easy to create. And it has a time limit so

Pumpkin Ring Toss – Harvest Party Game

Pumpkin Ring Toss – Harvest Party Game

A lot of schools stick to Harvest Parties in the fall with themes of apples and pumpkins instead of ghosts and gobblins. Last year I helped plan Stella’s classroom party. It was a lot of fun. The coordinators had to come up with two crafts and two games. (One of our crafts was the Pumpkin Patch

Have You Been BOO-ed?

Have You Been BOO-ed?

We live in a fun neighborhood. It really is crazy how everyone knows everyone (somewhat) and you really can send out a need to our Neighborhood Moms Group and get multiple replies within minutes. Need sugar? Check. Need a playdate? Check. Need size 10 ballet shoes? Check. So the other night we were BOO-ed. And

A Leprechaun Came!

A Leprechaun Came!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We are all greened-up at our house. AND… A Leprechaun came overnight! A special surprise! A box of Lucky Charms, nine gold coin chocolates and three $1 dollar gold coins. Plus a note saying “Can’t catch me!!” This was the first time a Leprechaun has visited us and may or may

How To Make a Leprechaun Trap

How To Make a Leprechaun Trap

My kids have been talking about Leprechaun Traps for the past week. I’m not sure where they even got the idea, but they have been thinking intently about how to build them, where to put them, what they’ll do with the Leprechaun, etc. So when the weather looked a bit YUCK today (again), I thought

Split Peas Aren’t Just For Soup

Split Peas Aren’t Just For Soup

When I bought SIX bags of green split peas yesterday at the store, the cashier just knew I was headed home to make some soup on a very cold day. I’m not sure if she was shocked, surprised, intrigued or downright disappointed that they were going to fill a container for a St. Patrick’s Day