Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday which is co-hosted by Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at Play! Each week, creative blogs add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can be inspired. I will get things started with a craft I did with the babies this week and then please add your links. I was thinking about doing winter crafts and pondered what would look like snow. Mashed potato flakes popped into my head and I went to the store to pick some up. They looked snow-like but lacked sparkle, so I added some iridescent glitter. That gave it a magical snow quality and we were ready to craft.
Mashed Potato Snow Flakes:
You will need:
Boxed mashed potato flakes
White paper or card stock
Black or blue construction paper (or background paper of your choice)
Fluffy mashed potato flakes with iridescent sparkle
Mix the desired amount of mashed potato flakes with iridescent glitter until you achieve the look that you like for snow. Fold the white paper into a square shape a few times over (or cut into a circle), trimming off the excess from the original rectangle. Draw on a snowflake pattern of your own invention (or use free patterns found online such as these) and cut it out. Older children will have fun inventing their own snowflake patterns. Through experience I found out that if you want the snowflake to lie flat, glue it onto the background paper first. Otherwise, it curls when drying which can be pretty too. Next, add white glue to the snowflake and smooth it out.
Ryder loved sprinkling the potato ‘snow’ onto the snowflake.
Offer the potato flake snow to your child with a spoon and to sprinkle all over the snowflake. You may want to add some other drops of glue around the snowflake to create the effect of tiny snowflakes falling around the bigger one. Shake off the excess ‘snow.’ You could also glue the snowflake to a gift bag or card (which I recommend doing before adding the snow). Our babies loved shaking on the snow. I hope you enjoy making mashed potato snow flakes with the children in your lives.
Now it is your turn. Add as many arts, crafts and play posts as you like. Please link directly to your posts (rather than your homepage) so that everyone can find your ideas months from now. It would be great if you would add the Artsy Play Wednesday button (or a text link) to your linked posts so that you readers can come over and join in the fun. Feel free to pin any of the posts you enjoy, or you can simply pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you have access to all the fun ideas at once when you have more time. Please leave a comment if you wish. I enjoy reading each one. It is time to inspire and be inspired. Enjoy.