1. Indoor "Ice Skating": If there isn't a frozen
pond in your neck of the woods, don't worry. You can ice skate in
your living room by attaching paper plates to the bottom of your
shoes with big rubber bands.
This technique works great on carpet.
For hardwood or tile floors, simply wear a thick pair of wool socks
and skate the day away!
2. Smooch Masks: Create a cool mask by decorating a paper
plate. Use ribbon or yarn, or even grass clippings for the hair.
Cut out holes for eyes and surround them with long eyelashes, bushy
eyebrows or a pair of glasses.
Instead of drawing a mouth, apply dark lipstick to your own lips
and "smooch" the paper plate. To hold your mask, glue
a popsicle stick to the bottom of the plate.
To wear the mask, thread
a piece of yarn through a hole on each side of the mask and tie
the ends together behind your head.
3. Tambourines: Form a family tambourine band! Simply staple
two paper plates together and fill with uncooked rice or beans (for
a quiet, softer sound), or a few small jingle bells (for louder,
Staple the opening closed and decorate the outside
with markers, stickers, glitter and streamers.
4. Turtle Puppets: This little pal won't mind being cooped
up inside with you. Color the bottoms of two paper plates with a
Staple the plates together on two sides, with the
green sides facing out. Be sure to leave an opening for your arm
to fit all the way through.
Wear a sock on your hand (green if you
have one) and slide your arm through the opening. Make eyes on the
sock with a marker. An instant turtle friend!
Giant Snowflakes: Bring the beauty of snow into your home without
the cold! Fold a paper plate in half a couple of times.
and patterns into the folded and straight edges with a pair of scissors.
Unfold the plate to reveal a giant snowflake. Make your snowflakes
really stand out by trimming the edges with different colored markers.
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About the Author: Deborah
Shelton is a mother, a freelance writer, and author of the brand
new book, "The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities
for You and Your Little Ones." The book is available at Amazon.