Book: Snowmen at Christmas
Activity: polymer clay snowman, dog and reindeer
Snowmen at Christmas is part of the Snowmen series by the husband
and wife team of Caralyn and Mark Buehner. Kids get a peek into
the night life of snowmen in this fun series and in this book they get to
see what the snowmen do on Christmas Eve while the people sleep. I
especially liked the snow reindeer and dog and thought it would be
fun to create lots of snow characters to play with.
Clay Snow Characters Tutorial
This tutorial uses polymer clay, but other options are Crayola Model
Magic, salt dough, and air dry clay for permanent snow characters and
playdough for temporary ones. The point is to just have fun creating
your own snow characters and playing with them! Older kids might
enjoy setting a scene, photographing it and turning them
into holiday cards.
• white polymer clay (I like Sculpy III)
• small black beads for eyes
• larger black beads for snowman buttons
• orange toothpick (or plain toothpick colored with an orange marker)
• small twigs for reindeer antlers
• small twigs for snowman arms
• wood matchsticks for legs
• scissors or clippers
• thick white glue (I like Tacky Glue)
• optional: Mod Podge
• optional: white acrylic paint and a paint brush
Step 1: Create your snowpeople from balls of clay and the animals
from egg shapes. Press the beads into the clay where you want the
eyes to be. Use the clippers or scissors to trim the matchsticks for the
legs, the toothpick for the carrot nose, and the twigs for the snowman
arms and reindeer antlers.
Step 2: You'll bake the clay without the details and add them on
afterwards. Bake according to the directions on the package.
Sculpey's directions are to bake for 15 minutes at 275˚F for
every ¼" of thickness.
Step 3: While they are baking, cover the twigs with Mod Podge and
let them dry. This makes them a little more sturdy and
not as likely to break.
Step 4: After the characters have baked and cooled, you can
paint them with the white acrylic paint if you want them
more white. Let dry.
Step 5: Glue on the details by dipping them in the glue
and sticking them on.
Have fun playing with your snow characters!
Click here for the original 5th day of the Book and Craft Advent
featuring the book Santa's Toy Shop and directions for making a
garland without any glue or staples!
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