The promised snow has yet to fall in our neck of the woods, though I have seen evidence on Notes From
Lapland Lancashire that there is some further North (and West). But we did have some appalling rain and hail this morning which rather cramped our plans to get out on the beach for some fresh air.
Before Christmas, as is our tradition, we sat down to make cards for family and God-parents. Because we have a local charity that collects plastic bottle tops and turns them into wheelchairs and so forth (don’t push me on specifics- DH gave me the info.) we always have a ready stash of washed bottle tops, and I was inspired by one of our many Advent Crafts to make snowmen from them. Here’s how:
- black or blue card
- white paint, in a flat-bottomed dish
- markers, paint or fabric scraps for detail
- bottle tops in varying sizes
So, based on my personal experience, set everything out, then cover up your children before you put down the paint!!
Then dip the bottle tops in the paint and stamp onto the paper to create your snowmen. You can also use them to add a snowy backdrop.
Leave to dry whilst you get on with the other cards.
Take your dry card and add embellishment with markers or glue and fabric or paper.
Repeat until exhausted, then carry on by yourself after children have gone to bed.
Bottle tops are a versatile tool for craft and learning. Ideas that we have found for using them include:
- wheels on a toilet roll car
- counters in games
- colour sorting
- size sorting
- sound recognition
- word recognition
- copying, writing practice
If you have any other ideas, tell me and I’ll add them to the list. And don’t be in such a rush to get rid of your bottle tops.