Got your attention, didn't I?
Need something for tomorrow? Or Thursday? Or Friday?
This should do it.
You don't have to copy anything.
Seriously. I'm not joking. I learned this little trick from my good friend, Sheri, a million years ago. I usually make cats with it (to go along with the story Cookie's Week, but that didn't happen this year and then I had the genius idea of turning them into reindeer. I think my teammates cheered. I'm pretty sure. I remember bowing.).
Get some kind of tan/brown/or white (just have your kids color it brown) construction paper. Grab some red while you're in your cabinet hunting and pulling and grabbing and hurting your fingers. I mean, you're in there anyway and half the sheets you didn't want came out anyway so grab those too, if you feel like it.
Cut the tan/brown/white in half. Unless it's already in half sheets. Now that would make this craft the easiest ever in all the world and use up some of your half sheets that you're not quite sure what to do with. You're welcome.
Okay. Here we go. I have the steps for you in pictures.
Tell your kids to draw a hill.
I tell them to put their hand in the middle of the paper and draw a hill over it. You might have to tell a couple of your kids that they will have to use the hand they don't write with for the hill measuring. Or you can let them struggle. That's your call.
Remind them that they are not tracing their hand.
Your kids will erase their hills like crazy. Just be prepared for that.
And the many voices calling out, "Like this? Like this? Like this?"
"Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, NO, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, OH NOOOO."
Cut out the hill.
Make another little hill.
This one is easier.
Cut out the little hill.
Now you have three pieces.
From one sheet of paper.
Three pieces of paper from the same piece of paper
make an animal.
It's shaping up now.
This is how you make a cat.
It just needs a cute face.
But this is how it turns into a REINDEER!
I cut some dark brown into quarters and I'm going to let my kids
figure out how to make the antlers on their own. Free style. It should be great. I'm sure no one is going to cry or whine.
I cut some red and other fun colors for a scarf. I'm going to let them decorate the reindeer in any way they want.
"Can I draw spots?"
"Can I draw stripes?"
"Can I put a necklace on mine?"
"Can my scarf be two colors?"
"Can I make my reindeer a Ninja Turtle?"
Um. Hmmm. Um. Hmmm. No?
Then we'll write about our reindeer. Or we'll write about what if we had a pet reindeer. Or maybe we'll write a nonfiction piece about reindeer.
Or maybe, just maybe, we will run out of time and the kids will just do art for art's sake.
You never know.
Now . . . one thing you should definitely do before you hand out any paper is draw enormous hills in front of your kids to show them how ridiculous enormous hills might make a reindeer look.
This is hilarious.
My head is too beeg for my body.
Also, cut out little hills.
And there you have it.
A Last Minute Reindeer Craft Anyone Can Do.
You can do this.