Pipe Cleaner Penguin
This is an adorable craft for an older child.
Supplies Needed; Black, white and Orange pipe cleaners. Wiggly Eyes, glue, and wire cutters.
Directions; Bend orange pipe cleaner in half and then twist pointed ends twice over to create feet. Use a black pipe cleaner and wind it around your index finger to create a spring like shape. Next cut a small section of white pipe cleaner and bend it over the top and bottom of your black pipe cleaner. Slide your black pipe cleaner over the pointed end of your orange pipe cleaner so that the white pipe cleaner sits between the penguins feet. Now bend the pointed end of your orange pipe cleaner over the top of your black pipe cleaner to create the penguins beak. Finally, glue on two wiggly eyes.
Supplies Needed; Empty water bottle, cotton balls, black construction paper, orange construction paper, wiggly eyes, and fabric or ribbon for scarf.
Directions; Fill water bottle with cotton balls. Using black construction paper, cut out a hat shape and three circles. Using orange construction paper, cut out a triangle for the nose. Glue on hat, buttons, eyes, and nose. Tie fabric/ribbon for scarf. We found a scrap of pipe cleaner and decided to use it as an accent for the hat.
Supplies Needed; Styrofoam balls, wiggly eyes, orange, light blue and black construction paper, red and gold pipe cleaners, red pompoms.
Directions; Glue Styrofoam balls together and allow to dry. While they are drying twist pipe cleaners into desired arms, use black construction paper to cut out three small circles, use blue construction paper to cut out a puddle shape, and use the orange paper to cut a triangle for the nose. Now glue the Styrofoam balls to the blue paper so that the snowman appears to be standing in the middle of the puddle, and allow to dry. Once dry, insert arms into base of snowman, and glue on all the other pieces. For the Earmuffs, fold red pipe cleaner in half, and twist together, then bend into an arch shape. Glue the red pompoms to either end and place on snowman's head.
Pine Cone Owl
Supplies needed; pine cone, cotton balls, wiggly eyes, orange construction paper, glue
Directions; Cut a small triangle from your orange construction paper. Stretch cotton balls so that they loose their round shape. Stuff the cotton into the gaps between the pine cone layers until the pine cone is fully covered. Glue on wiggly eyes, and paper triangle beak.
Celebrate Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice is also called by Yule. It is the longest day of the year, and generally happens on or around December 21st. Let’s make a Yule log filled with goodies.
Read: “The Yule Lads: A Celebration of Iceland’s Christmas Folklore” by Brian Pilkington. These mischievous lads steal milk, and play tricks on the townsfolk.
Materials needed: Paper towel roll, tissue paper, ribbons, pine cones, leaves, glue, goodies to fill the paper towel roll.
Directions: Let the children put glue on the outside of the paper towel roll. Give them precut pieces of tissue paper long enough to cover the roll and twist at the ends to keep the goodies inside. Twist one end, and fill the inside with treats. Twist the other end. Let the children decorate the top of the yule log with natural things like pinecones and leaves. Ribbons add a nice touch.
Gum Drop Tree
Supplies Needed; 1 (8-in.) Green Cone-Shaped Styrofoam Form, 1 Package of Green Chenille Stems (Pipe cleaners), Wire Cutters or Utility Scissors, Dark Green Temper Paint, 1 Package Gum Drops
Directions; Begin by painting your styrofoam cone dark green. Cut chenille stems in a variety of lengths. Insert the shorter stem pieces in the top of the form, and increase the stem lengths as you work down toward the base of the cone creating the christmas tree shape. As you work your way down, push different colored gum drops into the chenille stems. Cover the form with the chenille stems and gum drops. You can bend them in any direction you desire since no Christmas tree is perfect. When you are finished, print and cut out the star shape (see below). Place a 3" stem into the top of the tree. Glue the star (sandwich style) to the top stem.