Have you guys seen the new ebook book filled with wonderful freebies?

TONS of winter themed freebies were collected and organized into book format by the wonderful Hilary Lewis of  Rockin’ Teacher Materials.
I was thrilled when my Snowman Gift Wrap Craftivity  FREEBIE was picked for the ebook.
This pack has all the printables needed to create this adorable snowman just using two paper plates and paper.
Print and copy all the masters for the snowman.  Then have students color them and cut the pieces out.
Then using a ruler cut of about 1/4 off the top of ONE of the paper plates.

Glue the face onto the full size paper plate.
Staple the two plates together so that the insides of the plates are facing each other. Make sure the hole is at the top!
Wrap a small gift in tissue paper and stuff it into the hole!
And it is DONE!
I also included tips for making cinnamon applesauce ornaments as gifts.  They fit perfectly in the snowman gift wrap and are super easy to make!
Here is the recipe:
•1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
•1 cup applesauce
•1/4 cup white school
Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. The dough should be as thick as cookie dough. Add a bit of water if the dough is too stiff.
I will say that you will need to at least triple this recipe for a class of 20. 
When I did this with my students I gave each student a paper plate and had them write their name on it.  This was their work mat.  The dough had to stay on the paper plate.  It kept the desks from becoming too messy and it labeled their work- double win!
I gave Kinley a huge ball- you wouldn’t give students this much! Students then flatten the ball out with their hands. Then students used cheap, plastic cookie cutters from Wal-Mart to cut a shape out.
Then use a small, cut up piece of plastic drinking straw to make a hole for the string.
Then let the ornaments dry before wrapping!
A few hints:
* Let students add details using a pencil tip and “carving” into the dough.  I did find that if they used small pieces of dough to add details, they often fell off when it dried. 🙁 Sadsville.
* Allow a few days (2-3) for drying time.  I found that HUMIDITY in the air could affect how long it took to dry.  I got lazy when I made the one above with Kinley and put it in the oven to bake at 200 degrees for awhile.  It dried and did not crack (but I watched it carefully).
I was all nuts and just embraced the crazy and we did this whole group.  It was fine and the kids loved it.  I really didn’t have any behavior problems.  NOW, if I had to go back and do it, I would have small groups to do the ornaments while the rest of the class worked on the craft above. 🙂
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Happy crafting!  I hope your week is short and quick!

Published by Mandy Gregory

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

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