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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

This week we had a bit of fun with snow.  Snow books and snow art and snowflakes.  (Some snow art will be posted later next week, too.)

I like coffee filter snowflakes for lots of reasons.  Coffee filter snowflakes are easy.  Both my 2 and 4 year old children could participate.  Circular snowflakes.  Snowflakes that make coffee filters useful.  (With my small package of coffee filters, they will likely last a lifetime.  Yep.  My husband and I do not drink coffee, but we do have a tiny coffee maker for guests who need it.)

First color the coffee filters with markers.
  Place the coffee filters on a paper towel on a plate.
Then spray it.  The kids love this!
 Let the coffee filters dry.  (If you spray lightly it doesn't take long.)
Fold in half three times
Draw some markings on it if your child is not able to understand how to cut the snowflakes yet.
 Let the child cut!!  
It takes a long time at our house.
Open it.
Be totally amazed at your child's beautiful creation!
 Honestly, I had a blast with this project, too.  (Can you tell?)
I cut the snowflakes that my two year old son or I colored.  I had lots of fun.  
We hung them in our kitchen window and the windows by our front door.  
E (2) had fun coloring and spraying.  M (4) had fun coloring, spraying, and cutting.  

Initially, I only wanted to make white snow flakes.  M had great fun with that.  Then on another day, I decided it would be fun for both children to get involved in the project and so we all made colorful snowflakes.  M's favorites are the colored ones, of course.

I loved that the the coffee filters were already round since I dislike square flakes.  More importantly, they were easy to fold and cut for my little girl's introduction to snowflakes!

Henry and Mudge and the Snowman PlanAfter our little project we read the very short chapter book Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan.  Though it is a chapter book, we read it in one sitting.  I love that M is starting to enjoy lengthy books!  E's (and M's) favorite snow book is probably Snowmen at Night or Frosty the Snowman!  

I have seen these easy snowflakes around blogland quite a bit, but the first place I saw them was at Cheerios Underfoot.   Thanks for the inspiration!

I am linking this to some great crafty resources!
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Dorie said...

Great idea to add the color. I like them both (plain and with color), but the coloring with the markers and spraying them looks like a lot of fun!

Jennifer said...

Gotta love the coffee filters -- especially from the Dollar Tree!!

I didn't think to color them! Great idea! And so pretty hanging in the window!

Ticia said...

I love the picture on your other blog of the reveal, it was so awesome. Love coffee filter crafts too.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

They look very pretty on your windows!

~Kristin~ said...

I forgot all about making these little gems! Thanks for the reminder!

RedTedArt said...

I know my son would love the water squirting bit best! Your snowflakes are perfect!

Thanks for joining in at Kids Get Crafty!


Judy Whatilivefor said...

Wow, those turned out so cute and look so easy to make. They look perfect on your windows with the beautiful scenery you have behind them!

Lisa said...

I think the Bug and I will be doing this this week!

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