Monday, December 27, 2010
Three Potatoes: One large one and two smaller ones
White Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush: For that faux-snow look
Sharp Knife: Only grownups should handle the knives!
Wooden Skewer or Chop Stick
Embellishments: Buttons, pom-poms, ribbon, googly eyes…
Tiny Triangular Slice of Carrot: What's a snowman without a carrot for a nose?
Raisins: Four or five for the project; the rest of the box can be for a snack!
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks: Remember, kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do all the gluing!
Have your child paint the potatoes white with the acrylic paint and let them dry.
Cut a thin slice off of the long side of the biggest potato to create a flat surface for the snowman to "stand" on.
Stack the two smaller spuds on top of the big potato. Secure the pile by sticking the wooden stick up through the stack of potatoes. The potatoes should now look like a miniature stacked snowman.
Invite your child decorate his snowman.
Have him add googly eyes or small black buttons for peepers. You can glue them on with a hot glue gun.
Help him cut a small length of ribbon and tie it around the Spudman's neck for a scarf.
Using the hot glue gun, secure a few pom-poms to his head to create a hat.
To make arms, whittle one end of a stick to make a point. Stick the pointed end into the middle potato to give Mr. Spudman some limbs.
Help him cut a small wedge of carrot for a nose and glue that on, too.
Glue four or five raisins under the nose to make a mouth.
You can then hot-glue some buttons down his torso and your Spudsy Snowman is complete.
Toss out your snowman when he starts to mold or sprout. Snowmen can't stick around forever. As the old holiday classic put it: "Frosty the snowman had to hurry on his way. But he waved goodbye sayin' please don't cry, I'll be back again some day." (Maybe as soon as Mom's next trip to the grocery store!)