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Need some new wintery craft ideas to bring to your classroom? Why not bring the cold and snowy weather to life, inside your very own classroom? Here’s a fun, cute, and much warmer way to enjoy the cold wintery months by using one thing we all have laying around the house… mismatched socks! I have seen this project done in a second grade classroom, and they absolutely loved it! However, this can be adapted for any desired grade level. Allow your students to use their creativity and create a new friend this winter. Their little sock buddy may even inspire some creative writing about its snowy adventures.
What you’ll need:
– white men’s tube sock (one per student)
– hot glue gun (or other types of craft glue, depending on your students’ ages)
– decorative felt or fabric (consider holiday prints, if possible)
– other optional craft supplies (pom-poms, googly eyes, buttons, ribbons, pipe cleaners, sticks, etc.)
What the students should do:
1. Decide if you want the outside or the inside of the sock for your snowman’s body. (The inside often creates a textured look.)
2. Fill the sock with rice, about 2/3 of the way, so that he has a flat bottom and can stay put on the desk, floor, etc.
3. Tie some yarn around the sock, 1 inch above the top of the rice. This should hold the rice inside the sock and keep it from spilling, as well as leave enough room for the rice to move around when creating the snowman body sections.
4. Divide the snowman into the large ball for the body and a small ball for the head, and then tie some yarn where you divided the parts in order to create the snowman body sections.
5. There should be an extra part of the sock, formed from the ribbed part of the sock at the very top, that can be rolled down to give the snowman a fetching little hat.
6. Decorate and customize your snow friend! Use your craft materials, such as the pom-poms, buttons, googly eyes, sticks, ribbons, etc.
- You may choose to use the felt or fabric to create a scarf to wrap around your creation at the section that divides the head from the body.
- You may also choose to use felt or fabric to add a more defined look to the hat, as well as other craft materials to decorate the hat.
- Make the face! You may make eyes by using the googly eyes here, or even try pom-poms, buttons, etc. Consider some type of leftover candy corns from Halloween for the nose, or any type of carrot-like item. This could also be created with felt if needed.
- Add buttons on the body if desired.
Then enjoy your new buddy! Creative writing (“The Day My Snow Buddy Came to Life”) may be in order… :-)
Kelli Lewis is a graduate student at The University of Georgia and a regular contributor to A Learning Experience.