Enjoy the holiday season by making your own winter world. Each landscape includes a snowman and can either be seen as an alternative to a snow globe, or hung as an ornament. This craft is a great way to introduce your child to pointillism, a technique in which dots are used to create a recognizable image.
What You Need:
- Blue construction paper
- Paper plate
- Cotton swabs, or small point brushes
- Tempera paint
- Medium-sized bowl for tracing
What You Do:
- Help your child trace a bowl on a sheet of blue paper. This creates a circle she can cut out for the base of her world.
- Pour out some paint onto a paper plate.
- Encourage her to dip the end of a cotton swab, or a paintbrush and dot it onto a piece of scrap paper. Ask her to dot it again and again to see if she can create a shape.
- Have her begin using the white paint to dot snow at the bottom of her blue circle. Once she has the hang of it, encourage her to make a large circle for the base of her snowman, followed by a smaller circle to rest on top of the larger circle.
- Encourage her to continue working on her snow scene. Ask her what other elements she could add to complete her snowman. We added a hat and a scarf.
- Ask her what other objects she should include in her world. Is there a log cabin? A pet? Santa?
- After she completes her landscape and it dries, ask her to create white dots over the entire landscape so it appears as if snow is falling!
- Display the finished world on the refrigerator, in a window, or punch a hole in it and string a piece of ribbon through to hang it up.
Note: If you plan to hang the winter world up, you might want to encourage your child to make the world double-sided. Once one side of her world has dried, she can portray a different scene on the other side of the paper circle.