9 November 2009Add to My Folder
Enjoy the different types of weather that winter brings with these fun activity ideas
1 The snowman
Use clay to make a model of a jolly snowman
Using Equipment and Material
Development matters: put together a sequence of actions (16-26 months); understand that equipment and tools have to be used safely (30-50 months).
Early learning goal: use a range of small and large equipment.
What you need
Group size: small groups.
Pictures of snowmen; air-drying clay; clay board or mat; clay tools or similar equipment such as cocktail sticks or old pencils; tiny dry twigs; acrylic paint; painting equipment; strips of non-fraying fabric; small buttons.
What to do
Look at the pictures of snowmen and talk to the children about their experiences of making snowmen.
Provide the children with a fist-size lump of clay and encourage them to manipulate the clay into the shape of a snowman.
Invite the children to use simple tools to create features on their snowman, for example, a happy face or buttons. Then invite them to insert small twigs in each side of the model to represent arms. Leave to dry thoroughly.
Encourage the children to use tiny quantities of paint to highlight the features on the face and body. Then tie a strip of colourful fabric around the neck of the snowman to represent a scarf.
Help the children with practical issues, such as ensuring that their snowman has a flat base so that it stands up freely.
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