A few moths ago the girls and I were sitting in the dining room eating dinner, when C who had been working and joined us late, walked into the kitchen to serve himself a plate. A few steps in he paused for a second then exclaimed, “What the hell is that?!” I nearly choked on my food from laughter because I knew exactly what “that” was.
The day before Lauren had been to a Frozen themed birthday party. Perhaps you’ve heard of Frozen? You know, that hugely popular Disney move about a Princess cursed with the power of making things turn to ice when she touches them. She eventually becomes Queen of the land and commits herself to exile after accidentally turning her kingdom into a snow globe.
Children everywhere have been
mesmerized obsessed with this movie. It has been the theme for many, many birthday parties and during this past Halloween popular costumes included the Queen Elsa, her sister Princess Anna, and Olaf their childhood snowman friend.
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I’m happy to say that my kids haven’t been bitten quite so hard by the frost bug. That’s not to say that they don’t occasionally burst into a spontaneous round of the famous theme song – Let it Go. It’s just not so frequent. We don’t have the movie at home so there’s no begging to watch it every hour, and the only royal figure that Lauren was interested in dressing as for Halloween this year was the Queen of Hearts. Go figure.
So back to my husband and his kitchen discovery. What he saw was a mummified looking white blob and orange lump, double, triple, quadruple wrapped in clear tape with toothpicks sticking out of one end. It was indeed a strange sight and enough to prompt anyone with an untrained eye to say, “What the hell?”
Those more familiar with white blobs and orange lumps (namely those parents who have been forced to watch the movie a hundred times), however, would have known right away that it was in fact a snowman. A marshmallow Olaf snowman to be precise.
The loot bag from the birthday party came with a variety of Frozen paraphernalia such as stickers, a tissue box decorated with images of scenes from the movie, and a little kit for making an Olaf sculpture. The kit included 3 marshmallows, some black licorice, chocolate chips and a jelly bean. There was nothing included to get the marshmallows to stick together, but Lauren being the resourceful girl that she is found some toothpicks to get the job done. The toothpicks didn’t work to her satisfaction so she got out the tape and went to town. She stuck the toothpicks on one end for decoration, I think? And Voila! A snowman! Sort of…
A few months have gone by, and now that winter has made its unofficial start by dumping a bunch of snow on the city, I’ve been in the mood to get crafty for the holiday season and thought that making ornaments would be a good activity for the girls. Not wanting to go the marshmallow route, (there are only so many blobs I need hanging around the house) I came across a craft for ornaments that use wooden stir sticks. The nice thing about them is that there is no temptation to eat the material, and no chance of them melting before the season is over. Of course they can be saved for many more holidays to come, as long as your kids don’t break them.
- Wood stir sticks
- Buttons or beads (for the snowman buttons)
- String or ribbon (to hang the decoration when finished)
- Pieces of felt or fabric in whatever colours you like
- Orange felt or fabric
- White paint
- Paint the stir sticks and set aside to dry
- Once dry, use the glue to stick buttons or beads to the body
- Use the marker to draw a face
- Cut a hat and scarf shape from the felt or fabric
- Cut a carrot shape from the orange felt or fabric for the nose
- Glue the hat, scarf and nose onto the stick
- Glue the ribbon or string to the back of the stick
- Wait for the glue to dry before hanging