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Paper plates are such an easy and inexpensive crafting material. And, it's likely you already have some on hand! We couldn't resist making a snake with a small stack!

Start with: 

  • Paper plates
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun* or glue
  • Optional - plastic eyes or paper punch, cardstock 

*We recommend adults use the glue gun to protect little hands.

Create it!

Step 1: Cut the textured portion off of a paper plate (save one center for head and eyes).

Step 2: Cut textured portions into approximately 4 inch to 6 inch segments.

Step 3: Glue the ends of each of the sections to form small ringed sections.

Step 4: Paint the ringed sections and allow to dry.

Step 5: Glue the rings together to form the body of the snake. Make it as long or short as you wish!

Step 6: Fold sides of circle created from cutting off textured portion of paper plate on each side. Glue folds down and fold shape in half once to form snake head. 

Step 7: Paint head and allow to dry.

Step 8: Attach head to snake body with glue. (Our snake head was slightly larger than the body so we cut small slits on each side to fit.)

Step 9: Use plastic eyes or cut out eye from leftover paper plate and paint dot in center (or, we used some scrap cardstock for the pupil). Cut tongue. Glue eyes and tongue to snake.

Such a fun project to make together - so many colorful options!

 

Loose parts leave room for so much creative play! This simple activity incorporates lose parts- mostly items that would end up being recycled - for a fun build your own robot activity!

Start with:

  • Cardboard Square
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Loose Parts (pom poms, buttons, wooden shapes, etc.)

Create it!

Step 1: Paint cardboard and allow to dry.

Step 2: If you don't already have one, assemble a loose parts tray with items like bottle/container tops, pieces of paper straws, beads, etc.)

Step 3: Take turns making silly robot faces together!

This activity is really fun to do together! See how many different variations can be made using the same simple loose parts!

You know we love rainbows around here - and robots - so we combined the two to create this cute mini robot crew!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper Straws
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Hot Glue Gun*

* Supervise closely so little hands aren't burned, or join in the fun and do this part while your little one watches.

Create it!

Step 1: For each robot, cut three cardboard head squares and three cardboard body squares. Paint one side of each piece and allow to dry.

Step 2:  Place one body square with color - color down - and glue a tiny piece of cardboard to the center. Top with another square and repeat one more time, ending with the painted side facing up. This creates a 3D head and body.

Step 3: Repeat step 2 with head squares.

Step 4: To body squares, glue one rectangle piece of cardboard to create a tab for gluing on the head. 

Step 5: Glue the head to the body.

Step 6: Bend a paper straw in half and cut. To one half, cut in half for the robot legs. To the other portion, cut two small pieces for eyes and then fold the remaining and cut into equal portions for arms.

Step 7: Glue eyes to the face. Pinch one end of arms and legs and glue to the body.

Step 8: Use paper punch to cut out robot's buttons with cardboard and glue to robot body.

Make mini robots in every color of the rainbow or make them multicolored - so many colorful possibilities! 

Winter! It's so much fun when the first snow falls but the longer it is the more we start thinking of warmer weather and the bright colors of Spring. This brightly colored necklace is perfect for a cozy winter crafting session - even if you are dreaming of the beach!

Start with:

  • Large Wooden Bead Spools
  • Small Wooden Bead Spools
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Thread, multiple colors
  • String

Create it!

Step 1: Tie a piece of embroidery thread to spool and wrap around. Tie again and snip when finished with one color. Repeat with as many colors as you like.

Step 2: With smaller sized spool beads, wrap with thread of choice.

Step 3: String the beads on the string and tie for necklace.

This would be a wonderful activity for a playdate and it's so fun to see all of the color combinations!