Friday, January 6, 2017

Joyous January Crafts!

Happy New Year! Now that it is the winter time, you will need to bundle up!  Let's enjoy learning about animals and people that live in cold climates!  It's a nice time to visit the winter lodge and ski and ice skate!

Winter House


 Supplies Used:  Card Stock, white paper, one cotton ball, scissors, glitter, glue, crayons/markers and anything else of your preference.

Instructions:

1.  Fold a letter-sized sheet of card stock in half.  Stand it up so that the top and bottom edges are on a flat surface.

2. Using scissors, cut out a slant on each of the top sides so that it looks like a house with a roof.

3.  Cut out a rectangular opening on the bottom but not all the way.  This should be a flap that can open and close like a door.

4.  Cut out square or round shapes from white paper.  Draw curtains and bars on them and attach onto the front of the card stock.  These will be the windows.

5.  Color in a brick design on a piece of white paper in the shape of a small rectangle.  Attach onto the top side of the house.  Attach a cotton ball onto the top of the rectangle and now you have a chimney with smoke coming out.

6.  If you wish, cut out a strip of white paper and cut a swirly shape around the edges and attach to the roof to make it seem as if there is snow on the roof.

7.  Make an icicle design with glue on or near the roof and the tops of windows.  Pour glitter over the glue.  Shake and let dry.  Now you have sparkly icicles dripping down the roof and windows!

Enjoy the winter homes below created by the children at the library!





















Let's skate on the pond!
Ice Skates Craft!


Supplies Used:  White construction paper, 2 big Popsicle sticks, 2 long pieces of string, 2 large pop poms, glue/tape, glitter glue or glitter, hole puncher and crayons/markers (optional).

Instructions:  

1.  Cut out 2 skate shapes from white construction paper.  

2. Punch a few holes in each paper skate where the laces would go through.  

3.  Cut out 2 shoe sole or heel shapes from white paper.  Attach them onto the bottom of each skate.  

4.  Attach each Popsicle stick into the bottom of each soul/heal on each skate.  

5.  Lace a long piece of string through the holes of each skate and then tie both strings together when the lacing is done so that the skates can be tied together.  

6.  Attach a pom pom onto each skate if you wish.  

7.  Decorate the skates by drawing designs on them using glitter glue, glitter or crayons/markers.  

8.  Allow the glitter glue to dry.  

Enjoy the pairs of ice skates below designed by the children at the library!









I see people skiing down the hill so fast.  They look like squirrels on skis!

Squirrels on Skis!



Supplies:  One printout of a squirrel, 2 Popsicle sticks, one small cardboard tube, white paper, paper plate, cotton balls, card stock, scissors, glue/tape, crayons/markers and glitter glue.  

Instructions:  

1.  Wrap a small cardboard tube in white paper.  Attach the white wrapped tube onto the center of the paper plate.  This will be the ski slope or hill.  

2.  Color in an image of a squirrel.  Attach a piece of card stock onto the back of the squirrel image.  The card stock should be cut into a similar shape as the squirrel.  

3.  Bend the bottom of the squirrel and the bend should be half an inch.  Attach 2 Popsicle sticks to the bottom of the squirrel.  It's easier to attach the sticks to the squirrel if there is a bend at the bottom.  

4. Attach the squirrel with the sticks onto the top of the white cardboard tube.  Now it looks as if the squirrel is on skis and skiing down a hill.  

5.  Cut out a small house or ski shack from card stock or paper.  Cut out a pine tree shape.  Color a design on the shack and tree.  Attach them onto the plate.  You may have to bend the bottom a little to secure them onto the plate.  

6.  Embellish the scenery with cotton balls for snow and glitter glue for winter sparkle.  

Enjoy the squirrels on skis below created by the children at the library!












Snow Plow!




Happy Chinese New Year!  It's the year of the rooster!
Rocking Rooster!




Supplies:  Construction paper, 2 big googly eyes (self adhesive), feathers, crayons/markers and glue/tape.  

Instructions: 

1.  Cut out a double rooster shape from construction paper but make sure that the top ends are still connected together.  Once the rooster shape is cut, it should stand up on it's own.  

2. After deciding which end is the head and which is the tail, cut out a comb shape and attach onto the top of the head.  Cut a small triangle from paper and attach onto the front of the head for the beak.  

3.  Attach a googly eye onto each side of the head/face.  

4.  Draw a design on the rooster on both sides.  

5.  Attach feathers onto the sides and tail of the rooster on both sides. 

Enjoy the roosters below designed by the children at the library!















I hear a party going on!  Welcome to the Polar Party!
Polar Party Plate!


Supplies Used:  One paper plate, tissue paper, cut-outs of arctic animals, an Eskimo, igloo, etc., crayons/markers, glue/tape, ribbon, party stickers and scissors.  

Instructions:

1.  Cover the front of a paper plate with tissue paper.  Blue, purple or any color of your choice is fine.

2.  Download from online and cut out pictures of arctic creatures, such as a polar bear, penguin, arctic fox, beluga whale, walrus, Eskimo, igloo, etc.  Color in the pictures or you can use pictures from old books or magazines that are scanned.

3.  Glue/tape the pictures of the arctic creatures onto the front side of the plate covered in tissue paper.

4.  Adorn the plate with ribbons and colorful party stickers.

Enjoy the polar parties created by the children at the library!















Wow, I wonder if we an make snowmen or snow women from all the snow and ice at the polar party.  Perhaps we can make "Snow Bots".  


"Snow Bots"  - A cross between a robot and snowman!


Supplies Used:  One small cardboard tube, white paper, 4 small strips of paper (any color), glue/tape, crayons/markers, scissors, pipe cleaner, cotton balls, googly eyes and stickers.  

Instructions: 

1.  Wrap a small cardboard tube in white paper.  

2.  Cut 4 smaller strips of paper (any color) and bend the strips in different zigzag directions.  These will be the bouncy arms and legs for the snow bot.  Attach 2 of the strips onto the sides of the tube halfway between the top and bottom of the tube (one strip on each side).  Now the snow bot has arms. 

3. Attach the other 2 strips onto the bottom of the tube and now the snow bot has legs.  

4. Draw a face and any other design onto the front of the tube.  If you wish, use googly eyes for the eyes.  

5.  Bend a small piece of pipe cleaner into a "V" shape and attach onto the top of the tube.  Using glue/tape, attach a small cotton ball at the top ends of the "V" shape. The snow bot now has antennas. 

6.  Attach a small cotton ball onto the ends of the arms and legs.  

Enjoy the snow bots below created by the children at the library!














There is delicious hot chocolate being served at the polar party.  Drinking hot chocolate in a cold climate is a nice feeling!

Hot Cocoas Design!




Supplies Used:  One sheet of card stock, 2 smaller pieces of card stock, brown paper, white pom poms, one small piece of fabric, 2 ribbons tied in bows, crayons/markers, glue/tape, glitter heart foam stickers and snowflake foam stickers. 

Instructions:

1.    Cut out 2 mug shapes from card stock.  Cut out 2 smaller arc shapes from card stock.

2.  Attach one arc shape onto the side of each mug shape so that each mug has a handle.

3.  Attach the mug shapes with the handles onto a sheet of card stock.

4.  Cut out 2 long oval shapes from brown paper.  Make sure each brown oval is the same length as the top of each paper mug.

5.  Attach each brown oval shape onto the top of each mug to make it seem as if the mugs have hot chocolate in them.

6.  Using glue/tape, attach 2-3 small white pom poms or cotton balls to resemble marshmallows in the hot cocoa.

7.  Rip apart a cotton ball into small pieces and attach each piece above each mug to make it seem as if there is steam from the hot cocoas.

8.  If you wish to decorate your mugs, attach foam stickers and ribbons onto the mugs.  You may also draw shapes and designs on the mugs if you wish.

9.  Fold a small piece of fabric and attach it anywhere onto the card stock near the mugs.  This will be your napkin.

10.  Using crayons/markers, draw a spoon.  Attach foam snowflakes around the mugs for a winter effect.  Or else, you may draw them in too.

Enjoy the mugs of hot cocoa below designed by the children at the library!










I see some kittens snuggling in some mittens!

Kitten in a Mitten!



Supplies Used:  Card stock, fabric, glitter foam stickers, ribbon, crayons/markers and glue/tape.  

Instructions:

1.  Cut out an outline of a kitten face from card stock.  

2.  Draw a face and whiskers onto the kitten face.  Feel free to adorn the kitten's eyes, ears or nose with glitter foam stickers.  

3.  Cut out a mitten shape from fabric.  

4.  Attach the mitten onto the bottom of the kittens face and make sure the mitten is upside down.  It should look as if the kitten is inside the mitten with his/her head sticking out.  

5.  Adorn the mitten with a ribbon bow if you wish.  

Enjoy the kittens in mittens below created by the children in the library!










There were some Eskimos at the party with very nice jackets, hoods and mittens.  I would love to create a portrait of an Eskimo for art class!

Portraits of Eskimos



Supplies Needed:  Card Stock or construction paper, Coffee Filter, Cotton, Half of a Pipe Cleaner, Fabric, Scissors, Glue/Tape, Pom Pom, pictures of the arctic (igloo) and Crayons/Markers.

Instructions:

1. Take a letter sized piece of card stock (preferably in a light blue shade) and lay it on a flat surface.

2.  Cut out a circle from card stock or construction paper of a shade of color that would resemble a human complexion (white, beige, tan or brown).

3. Glue/Tape the circle onto a coffee filter.  Draw a face onto the circle.  Attach a pom pom onto the center of the circle for the nose if you wish.  Attach cotton around the face to resemble the hood of the jacket.

4.  Attach the face with the hood onto the card stock sheet.

5.  Cut out a jacket and pants for the eskimo from card stock.  Attach the outfit under the head.  Cut out gloves and boots from fabric or card stock and attach them at the ends of the arms and legs.

6.  If you wish, cut out a fish shape from card stock and a half of a pipe cleaner.  Attach the fish to the pipe cleaner and then attach the fish and pipe cleaner to one of the hands to resemble the eskimo going fishing.

7.  If you wish, you may further embellish the portrait by attaching pictures of igloos and anything else from the arctic.

Enjoy the portraits of eskimos below created by the children at the library!








Learning about penguins can be lots of fun!  
Let's pretend they are pop star penguins!
Each penguin can play an instrument and have it's own name!

Pop Star Penguins!


Supplies Needed:  A few cutouts of penguins, card stock, one paper plate, glitter foam sheet stickers, fabric, crayons/markers and glue/tape.  

Instructions:

1.  Fold a paper plate and stand up the folded paper plate.  Make sure the inside of the plate is facing you and one side is vertical (up) and the other side is flat down on the table.  

2.  For the inside, top part of the plate, attach pieces of fabric on the edges for the stage curtains.  Cut out a triangle shape from yellow card stock and attach it to the top of the plate to resemble a spotlight.  
3.  Cover the rest of the stage background using card stock, fabric, glitter foam stickers and anything else you wish to use for the scenery. 

4.  Download and cut out images of penguins.  Color and decorate the penguins using crayons/markers, stickers, foam stickers and anything else of your choice.  

5.  After each penguin is decorated, attach each penguin to a small folded piece of card stock.  The folded card stock should be folded into the shape of an "L".  This will support each penguin standing on the plate.  

6.  Cut out shapes of musical instruments and a microphone from card stock and attach each instrument and microphone to a penguin.  (For example, a keyboard can be made by cutting out a small rectangle and drawing lines across it to resemble piano keys.)  

7.  Once all of the penguins are decorated with their instruments, you may attach each penguin onto the bottom flat part of the plate.  Attach the bottom of the "L" stand for each penguin onto the plate so that the penguins appear to be standing up and performing.  


Enjoy the performances of the pop star penguins below created by the children at the library!












Let's read "The Mitten" folk tale by Jan Brett!  We can create a mitten story too!

Let's take a walk outside and enjoy the snow!  
Make sure your mittens stay on your hands!

Mitten Story


Supplies Needed: Construction Paper (Preferably White), Cotton, Crayons/Markers, Glue/Tape, Scissors and Pictures of the Animals in the "Mitten Story" and an Image of a Child Dressed in Winter Clothes.


Instructions:

1.  Cut out 2 large mitten shapes from white or light colored construction paper.

2. Using a stapler or tape, attach the 2 paper mittens together by one edge to form a paper book.

3.  Once the mittens are attached together in a book form, decorate the bottoms of the mitten book with cotton to resemble snow.

4.  Download or draw pictures of the animals and the child character from the story.

5.  Attach the pictures or draw the pictures onto the paper mitten book.

Enjoy the mitten stories below created by the children at the library!




















Now let's walk into town and browse a winter clothes store!

Winter Clothes Store Design!













Winter Clothes Tube Pal
The winter is more bearable and enjoyable when you wear the right clothes and accessories!




Supplies Needed: One toilet paper tube, construction paper, fabric, a foam sticker sheet, pipe cleaner, 2 pom poms, glue/tape, crayons/markers and scissors.  

Enjoy the winter clothes tub pals created by the children at the library!










Hot Chocolate Craft
Let's warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows after playing in the snow!




Supplies Needed: Card Stock, Brown Construction Paper, White Construction Paper, White Pipe Cleaner, Stickers, Glue/Tape & Scissors.

Instructions:
1. Download or draw an outline of a mug of hot chocolate with the handle to the mug as well. 

2.  Using scissors, cut from card stock the shape of the mug with the handle. (You may cut the handle out separately from the mug and then glue/tape the handle onto the mug after you are done cutting out the shapes.  

3.  Cut an oval shape out of brown construction paper and glue/tape onto the top rim of the paper mug.  Make sure that the shape fits the top of the mug so that it looks like hot cocoa in the mug.  

4.  Cut out a few small strips from white construction paper and roll those strips up into small flat blocks.  Tape them up so that they stay rolled up and then glue/tape them onto the brown paper on the top of the mug.  This should resemble marshmallows in the hot cocoa.  

5. Take one piece of white or gray pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Take the halves of pipe cleaner and bend them to form curvy or swirly shapes.  Glue/tape the straight bottom end of each pipe cleaner piece onto the brown paper cocoa with the marshmallows to resemble swirls of steam arising out of the hot cocoa. 

6.  Use stickers and anything else of your choice to decorate the mug!  Enjoy the hot chocolate!  Stay warm.  

Enjoy the paper hot chocolates below created by the children at the library!  













Now after warming up with some hot chocolate, it's time to go outside and explore in the arctic climate!  Enjoy the March of the Penguins!  Let's fish like an Eskimo and visit the penguins and polar bears.

March of the Penguins


Supplies: Card stock, Pictures of Penguins, Glue/Tape, Crayons/Markers, Scissors, Glitter and Stickers.

Directions:
1. Decorate a few paper penguins.

2. Attach each of them onto a piece of folded card stock.

3. Attach the penguins with the card stock onto a letter sized piece of card stock so that it looks as if they are standing up and waddling.

4.  If you wish, you may cut out a piece of white construction paper and shape it into a sheet of snow and glue/tape it onto the card stock before you attach the penguins onto the card stock.  The penguins will then look as if they are marching in snow.

5. If you wish, you may use glitter and stickers to adorn the penguins and snow.

Enjoy the marching penguins below created by the children at the library!













Arctic Scene


Supplies: Paper Plate, Card Stock, Popsicle Stick, String, Pictures of the Arctic, Glue/Tape, Scissors & Crayons/Markers.

Directions:
1. Download and cut out images of the arctic environment, such as an igloo, an Eskimo, a polar bear, a penguin and any other images you would like to use. You may use photographs too if you wish.

2.  Fold a paper plate in half and position the plate so that one folded side is vertical.  Using crayons or markers, color a picture of an igloo and then glue or tape it onto the vertical half of the plate to create an arctic background.

3.  Color all other images of the arctic and glue or tape them on your plate and in front of the igloo too.

4.  Tie a string to a Popsicle stick and then glue or tape the stick on one of the hands of the Eskimo to make it look like the Eskimo is fishing.

5.  If you wish to make any of the pictures stand up on their own anywhere on the plate, you can attach a folded piece of card stock behind the picture and glue or tape the card stock with the picture onto the plate so that it looks like the animal or Eskimo is standing up on it's own.

Enjoy the arctic scenes below created by the children at the library!






Winter Treats Craft
Let's make a plate of cookies and hot chocolate. That's always a nice snack in the winter!





Supplies Needed:  One paper plate, one half of a toilet paper tube, card stock paper, 1 small square of fabric, one small piece of pipe cleaner (any color of your choice), brown construction paper cut into small pieces, white construction paper, a cotton ball, crayons/markers and glue/tape.

1.  Color your paper plate any way you like or you can leave it plain as you wish.

2.  Cut out 3-4 pieces of card stock into any shapes of your choice to make paper cookies (circle, heart, donut, etc.)
*You may color designs on the card stock if you wish.
3. Cut out a piece of card stock into the shape of a spoon.

4. You may fold the piece of fabric in half or roll it up and tie with a pipe cleaner to simulate the look of a napkin.

5.  Glue the paper cookies, napkin and spoon onto the plate in any way you like.

6.  Wrap a half of a toilet paper tube in white construction paper (or any other light color) and glue/tape the ends together.  This will be the mug.

7.  You may color the tube using crayons/markers or leave it blank.  You may also glue/tape a curved strip of card stock to resemble a handle for the mug.

8.  Take one end of the mug and place glue around the edge and then firmly stick the mug onto the plate. *Make sure that when you apply the glue, it's on the end of the tube that you want to be the bottom of the mug.

9.  Once the mug is glued onto the plate, stick some brown shreds of construction paper into the tube and glue a cotton ball on top to make it look like a mug of hot chocolate with a marshmellow on top.

10. Enjoy and have fun!










Figure Skater Doll
While we enjoy the treats, let's enjoy watching ice skating on television or perhaps we can ice skate ourselves at the rink or the frozen pond!


Supplies Needed:  One paper plate, a paper stick figure (drawn or downloaded from the Internet), a piece of cardboard or a piece of a discarded old folder, card stock, pipe cleaners, crayons/markers and glue/tape.  

1. Add color to the paper plate with crayons/markers.  *Make sure the plate stays mostly white in the center to resemble and ice rink. 

2.  Take a paper stick figure and color an ice skating outfit onto it (costume dress or jacket/pants, etc.)

3.  Cut out 2 small pieces of card stock into the shape of skates and glue the skates onto the feet of the stick figure. 

4.  Cut out 2 small pieces of pipe cleaner (prefereably silver, gold or gray) and glue/tape each piece onto the bottom of each skate. 

5. Cut out a strip of cardboard or old folder material and bend it into an "L" form. 

6.  Attach the figure skater onto the vertical part of the "L" that stands up and then glue the bottom horizontal part of the "L" onto the middle of the plate and try to get the figure skater to stand as much as possible. 

Enjoy the ice skating show!












Snowman Life Cycle
The more it snows, the more we can build a snowman and learn the life cycle of a snowman throughout the entire winter season!





Supplies Needed:  One blue piece of construction paper, small pieces of white construction paper cut into circles, crayons/markers and glue/tape. 

1. Fold the blue construction paper in half horizontally. 

2.  Unfold the paper and then on the top part, glue/tape the white circles of paper to build your snowman anyway you like.  (For example, you can start with one circle for the bottom of the snowman, then next to that, glue 2 circles on top of each other for the body of the snowman, then 3 to complete the snowman. 

3.  Use crayons/markers to decorate your snowman, (eyes, nose, buttons, arms, lets, hat, scarf, etc.)

4.  On the bottom half of the blue paper, glue on an entire snowman, then glue 2 pieces, then one, then none to make it appear as if it is melting. 

5.  Color in the weather, such as the sun, clouds, snowflakes as well as the water droplets dripping from the melting snowman, etc. 


Enjoy the snowman life cycles below
created by the children!









Winter Blanket Design
After spending time in the outdoors on a cold day, it is now time to warm up at night in a nice comfortable bed with a thick, soft warm blanket!  



Supplies Needed:  Card Stock, Tissue Paper, Pieces of fabric, a cut out of a human stick figure, crayons/markers, glue/tape and stickers.

1. Cut out a piece of card stock in the shape of a bed. 
2.  Apply some glue/tape onto the card stock and wrap a piece of tissue paper around the card stock.  Make sure that the tissue paper sticks to the glue/tape.  (The tissue paper will resemble the sheet.)
3.  Fold over the top part of the tissue paper for up to an inch to resemble a sheet folded at the top. 
4.  Glue/tape pieces of fabric on top of the tissue paper but not on the folded top part.  Glue as many pieces as you would like to cover the tissue paper. 
5. Eventually, the pieces of fabric that are glued/taped on will resemble a warm winter blanket or quilt. 
6. Color a human stick figure cut out.  After the coloring is complete, glue/tape the figure under the folded part of the sheet to make it resemble a person tucked under the covers. 
7.  If you wish, use extra scrap pieces of fabric to resemble pillows or any other designs of your preference. 
8.  Adorn with stickers if you wish.

Enjoy the bed spreads below that were designed by
the children at the library!











Starry Starry Night!
While getting ready for bed, perhaps it is time to enjoy the night sky full of stars!


Supplies Needed:  Construction paper, tin foil, a stick-figure cut-out, glue/tape, crayons/markers and glitter.

Directions:
1.  Take a letter sized white (or any light colored) sheet of construction paper and lay it flat on a table in a horizontal position.

2.  Take a blue or black letter sized piece of construction paper and trim the outer edges off by a quarter of an inch on all four sides.  (You can trim a wavy or fringed design if you wish).

3.  Glue/tape the dark, trimmed piece of construction paper onto the white sheet of construction paper in a horizontal position and make certain you can see the edges of the white/light colored construction paper sticking out behind the dark colored paper.   This will create a night sky background effect.

4.  Cut out shapes of stars and a moon out of yellow construction paper and glue them on the night sky background.

5. Draw faces or any designs of your choice onto the stars and moon using crayons/markers if you wish.

6.  Cut out a telescope shape out of construction paper (any color of your choice) and a little table shape as well.  Glue those on the bottom of the sheets.  (Preferably, the telescope should be on top of the table and angled facing the moon and stars.)

7.  Glue a paper human stick figure or draw a human stick figure next to the table with the telecope and color the stick figure any way you wish.

8.  Cut out small pieces of tin foil and glue/tape one small piece onto the head of the telescope to create a shiny effect.  If you wish, you can use more pieces of tin foil to decorate the stars, moon or anything else in the picture/background.

9.  If you wish for a more sparkling effect, you may create a design using glue in the background and pour glitter over the glue.  After a few minutes, shake off the excess glitter and the night sky will be sparkling.

Enjoy the starry night skies below designed by the children at the library!









Well, soon it will be February and so let's prepare to celebrate Valentine's Day and President's Day!