Thursday, December 16, 2010

“Puffy” Christmas Scene

In our area we have a program called PAT, or Parents as Teachers. We have a wonderful young lady come to our house 2x/month and do activities with the kids. Today we did a fun craft that I thought I’d share. You can’t tell from this picture, but the white and green is raised and puffy-very cool!

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You’ll Need:

Cardstock or tagboard
Dark blue or black construction paper
White glue
Shaving cream
Tree decorations
paper plate and plastic spoon
green paint

1. Have the child cut out a tree shape by first having them fold their cardstock in half and tracing a tree template that you have prepared. Then have them cut it out, unfold and wa-la…a Christmas tree. (this introduced the concept of tracing and offered cutting practice as well)

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2. Mix equal parts of glue and shaving cream on a paper plate. Mix with a plastic spoon.

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3. Have them create a snowy scene on the black construction paper. Despite our encouragement, Colin just wanted to do 2 blobs. Okay buddy!

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4. Set aside. Mix green paint in to tint the glue/cream mixture green.

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5. “paint” tree with green mixture

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6. Stick tree on top of construction paper. It will stick because of the glue.
7. Decorate with “ornaments” or anything you can think of. We had pom poms, jewels, foam cutouts, etc etc.

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8. Wait to dry completely before you hang. I learned this the hard way :-( My husband came home to green glop on the carpet. When it dries, the glue/cream mixture will rise and be puffy for a very cool effect.

A fun multi-sensory activity that the kids loved. I would highly recommend it!

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