My 3 year-old is always looking for an excuse to dump glitter or salt all over the table. It must be the excited rush he gets from doing what he’s forbidden, like making a mess to see mommy’s reaction. What can I say, he knows how to push my buttons.
But with the cold winter keeping us indoors more and more these days, I thought I would give him the chance to dump as much glitter as he desires with a fun icicle craft.
We had so much fun exploring snow with our winter sensory bin, that I figured it was only fitting to continue the pattern.
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Simple Icicle Craft
- Glitter (we used a mix of white and blue)
- Construction paper
- Tray (to contain the mess)
This is a really easy craft that only takes a few minutes and is a great way to help kids understand more about the changing seasons — especially as the snow begins to fall and icicles form around the house. It was inspired by this wonderful post from Inner Child Fun.
Tape a piece of construction paper to a tray or box to make it easier to work with and catch all your glitter.
Then instruct your child to draw a line with glue at the very top of the paper. For smaller children, you can draw a line with marker and then ask them to trace it with the glue. I did this with my son and he had no problem.
Let the kids go over the line several times to make it thicker.
Then tilt the tray up and watch the icicles form! The kids will stare in amazement :).
We drew two lines of glue to make it even more fun.
Now let the kids go wild with glitter. It’s best to use a glitter jar that has holes punched out so you can limit how much glitter is used…otherwise there will be none left ;).
This icicle craft is perfect for teaching kids about the letter “I” if you do letter of the week type activities. It is part of the fun collection of Kids Crafts from A-Z hosted at Playdough and Popsicles through the month of January. Check out the remaining crafts and activities HERE.
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