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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?

 

How to Create a Fairy Garden

How to Create a Fairy Garden

A couple of weeks ago I posted about painting fairy houses and clay pots. The kids really did enjoy that craft and then planting their own flowers for the Fairy Garden. But I also needed a few other supplies for our garden to come together completely. Let me say my motto was “go big or

Painting Fairy Houses and Clay Pots

Painting Fairy Houses and Clay Pots

I must admit that I fell in love with the idea of having a Fairy Garden this summer. Have I told you lately how much I LOVE the outdoors and gardening, etc.? So when I saw Valerie’s post on Pinterest about her own backyard Fairy Garden, I pinned it immediately and started planning. There is

Easel Art Gifts

Easel Art Gifts

It’s almost the end of the school year. Which can mean “end-of-the-year” gifts for teachers, bus drivers, classroom helpers, etc. So when I saw these 2-packs of miniature easels on clearance at Michael’s craft store, I bought a stack of them. (I noticed other sizes and options in the canvas area on an end-cap not

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

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Thumbprint Craft

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Thumbprint Craft

I was searching back through old photos and came across these snapshots from St. Patrick’s Day in 2010. Too cute. Yes, I’m biased. You can see that we don’t mind wearing green and celebrating the holiday. I also still decorate my hutch for different seasons. Today I put away Valentine’s Day and started getting out

Snow Day Indoor Activities

Snow Day Indoor Activities

This winter has been brutal for us as far as snow and ice is concerned. The schools are all closed again today and I’ve lost count as to just how many snow days this is…eight? Nine? The hard part is that it has either been too cold to go out in it (truly negative temperatures)

Harvest Party Pumpkin Patch Fingerprint Craft

Harvest Party Pumpkin Patch Fingerprint Craft

Stella’s Harvest Party is this afternoon at school.  And I, no surprise here, am the coordinator.  I actually did NOT sign up for this, but when no one else did either…I stepped in and took over.  Luckily, there were other volunteers for the elements of the party (treats, paper plates, party helpers, etc.) just no

Cardboard Box Rocket Ships

Cardboard Box Rocket Ships

I must admit I think we saw this idea on PBS kids after an episode of Curious George or Martha Speaks or something.  Kids were making rocket ships out of paper boxes with a bunch of fun craft supplies.  So my kids were all like, “MOM!  THAT LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN!!!!”  And it was

Tissue Paper Crafts for Kids

Tissue Paper Crafts for Kids

Are you looking for a simple, quick, hardly-any-supplies-needed, indoor craft for your kids? Do you have a lot of tissue paper left over from receiving gifts?  No?!?  Are you one of those that recycles it or throws it away?  Not me.  I’m that annoying person that KEEPS every bit of tissue paper to reuse or

Easter Bunny Thumbprint Cards

Easter Bunny Thumbprint Cards

Do you need a simple Easter craft to do with your kid(s)? If you’ve been reading Take 10 for the last year, you probably know by now that I love fingerprint or thumbprint crafts. The St. Patrick’s Day Clovers, the Fall Tree, and the Reindeer ornaments are just a few things we’ve put together at