Some of you may know that I also blog over at Craft Gossip… I am in charge of their Lesson Plans blog. My main job on that blog is to find amazing crafts and activities for kids online and share them with my readers. A couple of weeks ago, I found a link I was very excited to share. I was excited to share it for two reasons: 1 – It was so simple and yet so much fun, and 2 – my granddaughter’s were staying with me for a week and I wanted to try it with them.
What do you think of our Baggie Olaf craft?
I have to give Susan at Oh MY! Creative blog credit for the inspiration behind this craft project. I followed the simple directions for the Sudsy Snowman Kids Craft she posted with a few tweaks. Instead of using construction paper to make the facial features, we used craft foam. I cut out the craft foam pieces while the girls were napping so the project was ready to go when they woke up.
Here is our Olaf next to Oh MY! Creative’s snowman. After a day or so of squishing their Olafs, the shaving cream did seem to deflate a little bit, but not as much as I thought it would.
To attach the craft foam to the baggies, we used Glue Dots. I like to use these with younger kids because I can place the glue dots on the back of the craft foam and then can just stick it to the baggie (the baggie was still empty at this point). I did learn that the Glue Dots will not stick to the back of the google eyes… Luckily for us, I had also plugged in my hot glue gun. I wanted to be able to fill the baggies with the shaving cream right away so I didn’t want to have to wait until glue dried.
My 3-year-old granddaughter was a little confused at first about how the baggies can be turned into Olaf, but I kept telling her it was a surprise that she would see once the face was done. When it was time to fill the baggies, I had her hold the top of each side of the baggie while I held the tops of the shaving cream in the baggie (I held my other hand under the baggie just in case my granddaughter let go when I started filling it) and started filling it. Her eyes got so big and she started to laugh! This was the exact reaction I had hoped for. ðŸ™‚ They were both so excited with their finished Olaf craft.
One tip I can share is to try to hold the shaving cream deep in the baggie when you are filling it because it will fill up fast and you don’t want the shaving cream to come out the top of the bag. I also used a little hot glue on the top of the baggie in hoped that it would be opened or open on it’s own. This was never a problem though — once the girls had their finished Olafs, they had no desire to open them!