If your toddler has ever seen an icicle glistening on a winter’s day, he may have asked, “Mom, can I take it home?” Watching it melt in a bowl will make a valuable science lesson, but of course he won’t be able to keep it for long. He can make a longer lasting icicle with a sparkling project that will turn your home into a winter wonderland.
Glue and toddlers usually mix quite well — if you don’t mind the mess! Allow your toddler to squirt glue along the top of a piece of paper or card stock and she will no doubt be in her element. Get her to tip the paper while the glue is still wet and watch it run down in big drips to create icicle shapes. Give her some glitter to sprinkle over the glue to create a shimmering icicle picture. Another method is to squirt white paint along the top of the paper and get your toddler to blow it through a straw to create the icicle shapes.
Cut strips of paper about 11 inches long and 1 inch wide. Get your toddler to decorate these on both sides with crayons or paint and by gluing on glitter, craft sequins or small pieces of aluminum foil. When these are dry, help him wind them round a pencil and then slide off to create a twirled effect. Give a little tug at the bottom to stretch the icicles out. If you attach string to these and hang them on the Christmas tree, he is sure to feel proud every time he sees them there.
You can’t make the snow and ice appear for your toddler, but you can try making your own with an icicle window decoration. Cut a strip of card stock — ideally in blue or white — about 3 inches wide and as long as you want. Give your toddler strips of aluminum foil about 1 inch wide and 10 inches long and help her glue these along the card stock with a small space between each one. The strips will look more like icicles if you shape them into points at the ends. This craft also works well with tinsel strips if you have any available.
Wax Resist Painting
Create some magic for your toddler with a wax resist painting. Help him draw an invisible icicle picture on a piece of white paper using a white crayon. He could draw icicle shapes across the top of the picture and snow and a snowman on the ground, or a house with icicles on it. Talk about the triangle shapes he is using to create his icicles. Put some blue paint in a bowl and have your toddler mix in roughly the same amount of water. Now watch his delight as he paints this onto his picture and watches the drawing magically appear.