When it is too cold to build a snowman outdoors (or too warm for others) I found a fun way for the kids to build one anyway.
With five kids we go through a ton of toilet paper. I am not sure how much is actually used and how much is flushed for the fun of it. Anyway I found a fun idea when I was looking for Elf on the Shelf place ideas. The kids had fun decorating the TP with washable markers. They spent 2 hours stacking, moving, and restocking their own 3 rolls of snowman. Then, they next best part was getting to use the TP and watch it turn the toilet water turn colors 😉
Do you want to build a snowman?
Our tradition each year is to purchase an ornament for each of our kids. The hope is that when they leave they will have 18 ornaments to take with them for their first tree. The best part is finding that perfect ornament for them each year. It can be tricky to find the one that fits their current likes. Many times we visit the Hallmark store or PersonalCreations.com to find/create the perfect one. This year neither of those places had what I was looking for. Even Etsy didn’t have something for each of my five kiddos.
I had seen a really cute TMNT ornament on Pinterest that I had wanted to try but at the time my kids weren’t really into them. That was until we moved to Iowa and lost the Disney Channel. Now Turtles are their favorite show, even my little lady’s. Since we now live near a few craft stores I can easily visit them when they have sales. So… I made 4 Ninja Turtles and 1 girl turtle. Did you know there was actually a girl turtle? I didn’t. Guess in some threads online there was a girl turtle by the name of Venus. If I had done my research I would have had 2 blues turtles instead of 2 purple. Oh well, Haleigh’s favorite character is still Minnie Mouse and her favorite color is purple. So that is what she got.
I think they turned out pretty cute! They were super easy to make. It took me less than 20 minutes to create all 5. I didn’t go into a ton of detail. I know I could have made their mouths a bit different to create more aggressive turtles but that would mean I would have had to paint them all. I opted for a little makers and ribbon instead.
My only dilemma was on how to package these individually so each kid could unwrap their own. I certainly could leave them in the 6pk but there is no way 5 kids would open that gift without some elbows flying and frustration for us. While I was out looking for cake stuff I noticed the individual cupcake boxes and thought they might work.
They worked great! So we had five little packages ready for five young ones to open Christmas morning. They loved them. 🙂 Definitely a Pinterest item worth making.