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December 11, 2011

Fingerprint Snowmen

In case you missed my fingerprint snowmen guest post at Handprint and Footprint Art this week I thought I'd post it here as well.

Since Christmas is fast approaching we just got done reading Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner. We thought it would be super fun to make a snowman collage using our fingerprints to go along with the story. I saw this idea in The Usborne Book of Christmas Art Ideas which I happened to get at my local thrift store for 50 cents (score!).

We started by cutting a sheet of card stock paper in half. I thought a whole sheet would be too much for the kids but you be the judge. I used blue so the white snowmen would stand out. Have your children press their thumbprints and fingerprints on the paper to make snowmen.

After the paint is dry, use a fine tip black marker to draw eyes, a mouth and arms on your snowmen. We also used different color fine-tipped markers to draw buttons on the snowmen.

To paint on the carrot nose, I cut a small strip of cardboard and we dipped the end into orange paint and pressed it onto each snowman.

We then used the same painting technique to paint hats on the snowmen. I pressed the cardboard piece down and then slid the bottom of it over to create the triangle shape. That didn't work so good for the kids so they just painted with the little cardboard piece like a paint brush.

We had a lot of different cardboard strips going on for all the colors. I thought I'd show you what it looked like so you could see how you don't really need that much paint at all. We also used some glitter glue to add glitter to the snowmen hats.

After the paint was completely dry, I added some ribbon scarfs on some of the snowmen. To do this I used a craft knife to cut two small slits under the snowman's head. Then I pulled a small piece of gift wrapping ribbon through the holes and tied a knot. We used a variety of different colors.

The boys snowmen scene's turned out soooo cute! Here is Andy's (age 7).

Here's a close-up of some of the snowmen.

Here is Luke's snowmen (age 4) and a close up of some of his snowmen below. 

My boys LOVED this craft and I'm not gonna lie, I obviously did too!  :)  You can create some pretty funny scenes with your snowman. These would make the cutest cards for Christmas if you folded your paper in half instead of cutting it.

Happy Crafting!!

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Rachel Kaylynn said... Best Blogger Tips

These turned out really cute & it sounds like you all had a blast making them. We going to do a snow/artic unit after Christmas, I'm adding this to our craft list.

Little Wonders' Days said... Best Blogger Tips

I love how these turned out, Rachel. They look like a lot of fun to make too. Thanks for sharing at AfterSchool.

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable!! This would be a wonderful keepsake. :)

CacheyMama said... Best Blogger Tips

This is super-cute. I love Usborne Books!

bgorden said... Best Blogger Tips

This is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay cute! LOVE it! I am sharing it with my facebook readers here:
Thanks for linking up to TGIF & see you next week =-)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so cute!! Thanks for sharing on the Afterschool Blog Hop!

The Bishop Family said... Best Blogger Tips

soooooo cute!

Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare said... Best Blogger Tips

I Love this! Very cute idea!

Thanks for sharing!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I love it, Rachel, and will definitely be trying it with Hazel. Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Satudray!

Raising a Happy Child said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute craft, I pinned it for the next year! Visiting from Afterschool!

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these! Pinning it to do with the kids this week!

Natasha said... Best Blogger Tips

so so so cute!!!!

Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday!
Hope to see you there again tomorrow

Natasha xxx

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE LOVE LOVE! We did fingerprint snowman on ornaments last year...I'm pinning this because we can do snowmen all WINTER LONG! :D Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday!! Hope you had a fantastic Holiday Season!

Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

I just mentioned your cute fingerprint snowman activity on my blog. Take care!

Ally @momstownteach said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my - these are adorable! Love love love the canvas art thumbprints. Thank you for linking up on momstown arts and crafts.

Maro's kindergarten said... Best Blogger Tips

Your snowmen are so cute! It is one of the best crsfts I've seen lately!