Since Trevor enjoyed making Our Fall Tree so much, we decided to to a winter project with contact paper.
What you need:
- contact paper
First I cut a piece of contact paper off the roll and taped it to our back sliding door (sticky side out). Then I emptied some big foam snowflake coasters and small foam snowflake table scatter onto a chair.
The next step is to “Let it Snow” – stick those snowflakes on the paper!
When Trevor decided he was done adding snowflakes to the project, we went to the table and got out the glitter:
Trevor actually took the cap off of the tube of glitter and dumped it all over the contact paper:
I think the one good thing about being a kid with developmental delays is that when you take the cap off the glitter and dump it all over the table, yourself, and the floor is that you don’t get in trouble. Instead your mom applauds your amazing fine motor skills! 🙂
When he used up all of the glitter I put another piece of contact paper on top so that all of the glitter and snowflakes would stay on. Then I cut a piece of ribbon, added a couple clothes pins, and hung it up in our window with a suction cup.
As usual, the finished product turned out great!
The other Christmas art project we did this weekend was to make a Reindeer magnet out of Trevor’s handprints and footprint. This project isn’t as interactive as a lot of the ones we do since Trevor obviously can’t trace with a crayon or cut with scissors yet. But there’s something about handprint art that makes a Mama happy 🙂 We did this last year and it’s neat to see when you look at last year’s magnet how much he’s grown.
What you need:
- Hands and a foot 😉
- Felt (you could just use the paper, but this is more fun!)
- Permanent marker
- Googly eyes
- Glitter pen
First, trace both of your child’s hands (for the antlers) and one of his feet (for the reindeer’s head)
Then cut out the tracings of the hands and feet. These will be your templates. (If you’re using just paper instead of felt you can skip this next step and simply use the paper cut-outs for the reindeer’s antlers and head.)
Lay the templates on the felt and trace them with a permanent marker. To make the reindeer’s nose, trace a circle onto some felt (I used a quarter as my template for this)
Once everything has been traced, cut all your pieces out. Then glue the antlers to the top of the head piece (where your child’s toes would be), and glue the nose to the bottom of the head piece (where your child’s heal would be). Also, glue on the googly eyes. Then, using a glitter pen, write your child’s name on one antler and the year on the other.
Finally, glue a flat magnet to the back of the reindeer and display proudly on your fridge.
I put this year’s reindeer magnet next to the one I made last year. I can’t believe how much he’s grown in just one year! I’m planning to do this project for many more years to come so I’ll be able to watch his growth through this fun Christmas project. Hopefully in a few years he’ll be able to help me cut the pieces out and be more involved in making his reindeer magnets.