Fiddlebug really wanted to build a snowman. The problem with his idea was that there was no snow for him to build one with. He thought as hard as he could, but couldn’t figure out how to make it snow outside. He asked Bart and Craig for their ideas, but they couldn’t think of anything that would make it snow either. Mother Dragon heard the three friends talking about their problem and came up with a great idea of her own that didn’t need any snow! She mixed up a batch of special clay and surprised her little dragon and his buddies with a way to make a snowman that will never melt away! You can have a Forever Snowman too. You have to be patient though; Forever Snowmen are a two part project and need a big person to help out! Here’s what you do:
What you need:
An old saucepan (pick one up that you never plan to use for cooking at a thrift store)
A long handled spoon
1 cup of sand
½ cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ cups hot water
Two small twigs
Toothpicks, pencils or other things to help mold and mark your snowman
What you do:
Remember, all hot parts and things on the stove should be handled by or closely supervised by your big person!
1) Mix sand, cornstarch and cream of tartar in the old saucepan.
2) Add hot water and stir.
3) Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is very thick and can’t be stirred.
4) When cooled enough to handle, form clay into three stacked balls to make a snowman. Form a carrot shaped nose and stick it to the snowman’s face. (Left over clay can be stored in an airtight container for later building.)
5) Press toothpicks, pencils or other tools into the clay and remove to leave imprints for eyes and a mouth.
6) Give your snowman arms by sticking the twigs into the middle ball on either side.
7) Carefully set your snowman on paper towels or a wire rack and put him in a safe place to dry. It will take him about a week to get dry enough to paint.
8) When your snowman feels like he’s made of stone, get out your paints and decorate him however you want! One of the best parts of Forever Snowmen is that they can look any way you want them to!
Fiddlebug and his friends were so excited about their Forever Snowman that they named him Sir Ned and set him by the castle in the playroom to guard the drawbridge. Fiddlebug, Bart and Craig know the castle is safe no matter how sunny and warm the day gets!
Mother Dragon wanted me to mention that this is a great project for permanent sand castles if you are going to the beach this year. What better way to save the memory than to build a Forever Sandcastle from sand you bring home from vacation!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!