I found the picture of my craft project from Pinterest. It looked like fun and fairly simple. We started with toilet paper rolls. I also found some Trader Joe's shopping bags, black card stock paper, silver pen, and some oil pastels. We also needed scissors and glue.
- First we took the toilet paper rolls and I decided to cover them. You could have pointed them or left them alone. I cut one paper bag up and glued the print side of the bag to the cylinder. This left me a nice blank side to work with for decoration. You can see on Margaret's reindeer I put the paper on backwards. Whoops! Mom had applied glue to the wrong side!
- After we let the glue dry for a bit we took the oil pastels and drew on the eyes and nose. I let the children pick the eye color. Some of the colors were too light to see so I went back in and darkened in some of the eyes. You could use small bits of paper or whatever you have handy.
- Next I sat with each child and traced each of their hands onto the black card stock paper. Then I cut the hand prints out. Since the children have poor fine motor skills and the paper was a heavier weight I knew they would struggle. I didn't want craft time to turn into a frustrating experience so I cut the shapes out but I left time for each of the children to practice on what was left of the paper bag.
- Finally I took the handprints and arranged them in a way so they resembled antlers. I'm sure there are at least a dozen ways to attach the antlers to the reindeer but I used tape. It seemed to be the easiest way to go about it.
As an after though I had an idea to seal off the bottom of the toilet paper roll so I could have filled it with some dry beans or rice. This would have been nice to help weigh things down since the antlers can topple the reindeer over. Next time I will know!
Now maybe you can make your own reindeer! Have fun!