24 Days of Christmas: Day 5

Do you wanna build a snowman? Even though we have no snow, that’s what we did today. The kids loved it!

We had a couple of friends over and we helped the kids do a sock snowman craft. It’s quite simple to do, the kids are age 3-6 and they were able to do most of it themselves.

I could tell you how to make them (simplified guide below), but I have something more important to talk about.

The snowmen in the picture were done by children and they look it. Sure, we as parents could have taken over with telling the kids to put certain things in the “right” places. We could have “fixed” them for the kids. Instead, we let them make the snowmen how THEY wanted to make them.

It’s really important for our kids to learn through experience. There was a lot of putting something on, not liking it and replacing it with something else. They each picked which materials they wanted to use: one wanted to have matching buttons, the rest didn’t care, one used pins instead. There is no right way to have fun.

These days, everything has to go on Facebook and Pinterest, we need to tweet about it and put our photos on Instagram. That’s all fine, but it’s important to remember: Successful parenting isn’t measured by Pinterest. It’s measured by the memories you create.

The most important thing is that the kids had fun. They were excited all day to do this craft. How disappointing would it have been if they waited all day and then I took over and did it for them?

Here’s what you need:

  • White socks (one for each snowman)
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • rice (about 3-4 cups per snowman)
  • elastic bands or string
  • patterned socks (one for each snowman)
  • accessories: buttons, ribbon, bells, bows etc.

How to make them:

  1. Fill the white sock with rice (around 3 cups), stretch the sock and tie it off at the top. Repeat with the remaining cup of rice. Cut off the remaining part of the sock that is above the second tie.

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2. Cut the heel and toe out of the sock with the pattern. Use the                 other parts for the sweater and hat.

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3.  Add the face. Either eyes and a nose or eyes nose and mouth work well. This is where you can get creative. Buttons, pom poms or googly eyes would work nicely.

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4. Add the accessories! Buttons on the sweater, a scarf, bow or bell, use your imagination.

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There you have it. They don’t take very long, they’re fun and easy for the kids to make and they’re super cute!

I did figure out a few things that I would do differently if we make them again.

  • Don’t use pins! I had seen pictures where people used pins for the eyes and nose so I bought pins. The kids used a LOT of pins and they aren’t really secure in the snowmen. I will either be gluing them in place or replacing them with something a little more safe.
  • Buy big socks for the clothes. Ours were a bit small and made the hats smaller than I would have liked.
  • Make sure the white sock is tight before closing it off. Maybe even do the body and head as one section and tie it off with string after.

Are you doing any crafts for the holidays?

 

If you missed the beginning of the series check out the posts below, and don’t forget to follow along right up to Christmas!

Introduction: Why we are doing a family advent calendar

Day 1: Santa’s Anonymous

Day 2: Decorating the Tree

Day 3: Visit Santa at the Mall

Day 4: Family Movie Night

 

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