Winter Fun: Make Mini Men
Make little snow critters.
- Snow:If you live at the beach, have your child try this activity with sand!
- Sculptor:Your Mini Me (otherwise known as your kid).
- Decorations:Berries, Cheerios, twigs, candy, felt, pipe cleaners, an infant sock, small black buttons, Red Hots, carrot slice, feathers, googly eyes, cotton balls, gallon jug of milk, etc.
- Have your child roll up a pile of small snowballs. These will be her building blocks.
- Help her stack the snowballs into little creatures—like mini snowmen and animals. Here are some ideas:
Mini Ice Lion: Join a small snowball and an even smaller snowball side-by-side to make a torso and head to make the body of a reclining lion. Tease out a cotton ball, and stick it onto the snowball head like a white mane. Add two cheerios for eyes and a Red Hot candy for a nose. Stick a twig into the lion's backside for a tail.
Tiny Angel: Stack two small snowballs, one on top of the other, to make a torso and head. Add two feathers for wings. Add berries and Cheerios to make a little face. Pull the little plastic circle off of a gallon jug of milk for an instant halo and stick it on the angel's head.
Itsy Bitsy Alien: Pile three mini snowballs onto one bigger snowball to make a body with three heads. Decorate the three heads in three different ways. Give one head a single googly eye in the center of its face; give the next one Red Hots for eyes and twigs for antennas and the third a Cheerio-pocked face. Let your child's imagination go to work.
Mini Me Snowman: Stack three small snowballs one on top of the other. Add small black buttons for eyes, a Red Hot candy for a puckered mouth, and a tiny slice of carrot for a nose. Cut a rectangular piece of felt for a scarf. Fringe the edges and have your child tie it around her little Frosty's neck. Scrunch an infant sock onto the little snowman's head for a hat. Finally, add two twigs for arms.
- Have her place her creations together in the yard to create a mini ice menagerie. Take a picture for posterity!
- Photo by Tom McWilliam, originally from a Nick Jr. Magazine photo spread produced by Karin Lidbeck.