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Sunday Scoops: TP Snowmen Activity! Keep ’em busy over the holiday break!

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This was an idea that I came up with on a whim.  With a short notice Winter Break Holiday Party planned, I had to come up with something that would be winter-themed and fun for a broad age range (from toddlers to teens).  It had to be quick and easy to put together.  TP Snowmen was a hit!

What you need:

  • From your closet: Hats, Scarves, Earmuffs
  • Silly accessories: Anything from silly hats, headbands (like antlers) and sunglasses to dress-up stuff like tiaras, feather boas, etc.  Whatever you can find around the house!
  • Toilet Paper (Have enough for 2-3 rolls per guest)
  • Foam craft sheets (multi colored from the dollar store is fine)
  • Stretchy string
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks for it  (Captain Obvious here…you’re welcome!)
  • Scissors

How to do it:

  • Turn on, pre-heat glue gun.  (Captain Obvious again…I do what I can.)
  • Make the noses!  Roll foam sheets into a “cone” shape.  Use glue gun to make a bead of glue to fasten the outter corner/flap of foam sheet to itself so that it keeps a cone shape.  Trim wide, open end of noses with scissors so that they are straight to fit against face.  I also cut a small triangle shape underneath at the edge (where nostrils will be) to make it more breathable.  Punch a hole on each wide-end (face) side of “nose”.   I just used a sharp pencil so that the holes wouldn’t be too big.  Use the two holes to attach (tie) the stretchy string.  See close-up photo above.
  • Use baskets/bins to set up an easy-access area to display TP, HATS, SCARVES, NOSES, SILLY ACCESORIES.
  • I divide the group into teams of 3.  One to be the “Snowman”, the others to be the very savvy Frosty Engineers.
  • TAKE PICTURES!  Then rotate positions with a new “Snowman” and Frosty Engineers so that everyone has a turn at each “job”.  TAKE MORE PICTURES!

**Fun additions:



Our moms at the party really got into this activity too.  It was a blast for all…lots of laughs!

We followed the TP Snowmen Activity with a yumm-o COOKIE SWAP.  Everyone brought their favorites to share.  We set the cookies up buffet-style and everyone got to pick their mix in a festive bag.  Wrapped up the party with a showing of the very funny movie Fred Claus.  Good times even with little time to plan.  Will do again!

Have fun!


P.S. Don’t fret the mess!  I put the small army to work and they had that TP cleaned up in two minutes flat!

Elfin’ Shenanigans!

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So I thought…eh I’m not going to get sucked into this Elf On The Shelf gig….then they had the plushies at Costco. My 6 year old spots them and beams from ear-to-ear at the little mischief makers. She asks me, “what are those elfs (elves) mommy?”….I reluctantly tell her “the story”. That was it. I had sealed our fate. We would be the adoptive family to not one but two elves! She had to have the girl one for herself and a boy one for her brothers. So she counted down the days until Thanksgiving knowing the magic would begin the day after. Now here we sit tallying up the numerous ways they have brought pure joy and hearty giggles to our house every single morning. As an adoptive parent of twin elves I find myself very dependent on my calendar’s daily alert features…..just sayin’….it might be a good idea for The Tooth Fairy to take on this “business practice”. Below are a few pics of Snowflake and Chippey’s shenanigans. I know, I know….my kiddos went with the names straight out of the short film but hey…they are good ones! They may re-name them every year for all I know. So we fudge the rules a little. They have done the forbidden and TOUCHED them (Uhhhh Ohhhhh you say?)…as the story goes, touching them supposedly takes away their “magic”, but we collectively decided that it only takes it away if you don’t have Christmas Spirit in your heart. No shortage there!

Share your Elf Adventures!