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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes



We all have them... thousands of popsicle sticks thrust upon us by other teachers cleaning out their cupboards. This year, my fifth graders used up a ton of my supply by creating these colorful & glittery snowflakes. The kids loved this project and were very engaged.


MATERIALS:

popsicle sticks (craft sticks) in various sizes, wood glue, placemats (to protect the tables), paint(we used acrylic), glitter, fish line


ENCOUNTER:

Hand out popsicle sticks and encourage students to lay out different designs before deciding to glue pieces together.




We used "placemats" made of construction paper to protect the tables and help students carry their work to the drying rack.




Some students spread out on the floor to work larger.




All glued and ready to paint!





Each student chose a color of paint and glitter to use for their snowflakes.



It works best to paint a little and then sprinkle a little glitter on before it dries.




We painted and glittered both sides, waiting a day in between sides so they wouldn't stick to the paper.



At the end of the class, the students placed their snowflakes on a new placemat and put the excess glitter left on the original placemat back in the jar.



It's that easy!


More sparkling beauties:



We added a loop of fishing line and hung them in our cafeteria. They are spectacular!


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