A simple ornament- perfect for a friend, relative, teacher etc.

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Materials

Simple snow person ornament from make-it-your-own.com (Art, crafts & activities for kids)

  • Unfinished wooden beads (We used a variety pack with small, medium & large sizes.  For smaller children, chose larger ones than those featured)
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • BBQ skewer
  • Floral foam
  • Cord
  • Thin markers (we used permanent markers)
  • Scissors
  • Smock
  • Craft tray

Directions

  • Put your beads on a BBQ skewer and stick the skewer into the foam, placing it on a craft tray.  This method makes them easy to paint.  However, a BBQ skewer can be sharp so exercise care or have an adult do it for you.
  • Don your smock.
  • Put a little paint into a shallow tray and paint your beads.  Allow them to dry overnight.

Simple snow person ornament from make-it-your-own.com (Art, crafts & activities for kids)

  •  Once your beads have throughly dried, use your markers to add details to make your snow person.

Simple snow person ornament from make-it-your-own.com (Art, crafts & activities for kids)

  •  Fold your cord in half and thread the two ends through your beads, starting with the small bead first, then the medium and finally the large.  Depending on your age, you may need an adult to help you with this.

Simple snow person ornament from make-it-your-own.com (Art, crafts & activities for kids)

  •  Tie a knot at the bottom of your snow person and snip off any excess cord.

Simple snow person ornament from make-it-your-own.com (Art, crafts & activities for kids)

  •  Voila!  A little snow person!  If you like, write your name and the year on the bottom of the large bead.

Simple snow person ornament from make-it-your-own.com (Art, crafts & activities for kids)

Purpose

  • Thinking of others
  • Developing fine motor skills (painting, threading beads, using a fine tip pen)
  • Associating symbols with certain seasons

Safety Notes

  • Beads can be a choking hazard.  Therefore, keep them out of reach from children 0-3 or those that tend to put things in their mouths.
  • Cord can be a strangulation hazard so be sure not to play with it and use it with adult supervision.
  • Exercise care with scissors and a BBQ skewers.
  • Use non-toxic products.
  • When painting or using permanent markers, be sure to wear a smock to protect your clothes and use a craft tray to protect surfaces.
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