Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Snowman Lesson-Shaving Cream and Glue



Since we didn't get enough snow this year to build a snowman, I thought it would be fun to take some snow to my daughter's class with this fun project. I've seen lots of different recipes and suggestions online about how to make puffy paint out of shaving cream and glue, so I thought I'd give it a try.


I bought three cans of shaving cream at the dollar store, and it was more than enough for 18 students to create a snowman on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of construction paper. Since these were first graders, and I had limited time, I pre cut the hat, eyes, nose, and scarves.


We divided into 3 groups of 6 and let each group make their own bowl of snow by filling up their bowl with shaving cream...



And then squirting a bunch of glue on top and mixing. So fun... and messy!

Most of the "recipes" I read online called for equal parts of glue and shaving cream. We just added enough to give it a firmer, sticky texture.



Drew our "B" with white crayon for the body, off the side of the page (perspective).



Smoothed on the snow with small spoons and then topped with glitter. The snowflakes were made with q-tips and white paint.


Then stuck all the details into our snowman.








I always love to incorporate literature into fun projects like this. Just as simple as reading a book before doing the lesson. This would even be a fun project to do at home with preschoolers.

Here's some great recommendations for snowman books that would go well with this project.



I was very pleased with this lesson...cute results, the kids had a blast, and it was a fun way to incorporate a lot of different learning ideas. My daughter's class just finished studying the weather so this tied in with their unit perfectly.


WARNING: This project is VERY messy : )

Amanda, at My Heart's Desire, is giving away a piece of my scripture art this week. Stop by her blog and enter to win! 


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6 comments:

Grace | employment posters said...

I always learn something new from your blog every time that's why I love coming back. We created snowman at home and it was fun!

Min Kim said...

This is such a great idea! I'd love to try for my class

LAMFAN said...

LAMFAN asks:
I am going to try this with my class of two and a half year olds...how long did it take the snowmen to dry? Thanks!

Sleepyhead Designs Studio said...

Unfortunately it takes a bit for the mixture to dry. In about an hour the top gets dry but still wet underneath-depending on how thick you get it. Pretty much normal glue drying time.

Debbie said...

I am doing this with my kinders. But the shaving cream/glue seems like it is not dry underneath even though it has dried over a week. Does your mixture dry hard? When you push down on the globs, do they go flat?

Debbie said...

I don't know where my comment went so I will try this again.

I am doing this project with my kinders. However, the mixture does not seem dry even after a week. The outside of the globs are dry but the inside feels squishy and pushes down when you press on it. Is this the way your mixture dried?

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