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Tips for Visiting Disneyland Resort with Preschoolers

Tips for Visiting Disneyland Resort with Preschoolers



There’s nothing like a young child’s first encounter with Mickey Mouse at the Disneyland Resort.  As the child’s eyes light up with wonder and amazement, family memories begin, and those memories are sure to last a lifetime. From these cherished character experiences to attractions that are ideal for toddlers plus healthy dining options, there’s so much magic for little ones to enjoy. Another plus for families with small children is the close proximity of both theme parks and the hotels of the Disneyland Resort, making this a walking resort that’s easy to navigate. Complimentary resources and services also are available to enhance a visit with young children.


Guest Services

Baby Care Centers: In Disneyland at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and in Disney California Adventure at Pacific Wharf, guests will find complimentary Baby Care Centers. These comfortable staffed locations offer nursing rooms, changing rooms, feeding areas, microwaves and more.

Family-friendly restrooms: Families will find companion restrooms conveniently located throughout both parks. With six companion restrooms at Disneyland, and five at Disney California Adventure, parents have convenient options with this public restroom alternative.

Secured items: Four Locker locations are available for storing valuable items during a visit, with two in the main entrance plaza, one on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland and another on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. Parents of young children may benefit from this service by safely stowing items they do not wish to leave in their stroller.

Renowned guest service: Guests will find friendly cast members ready to answer questions at City Hall in Disneyland and the Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure. Parents will appreciate conveniently located information boards featuring attraction wait times at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland, and at the end of Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. Guest relations kiosks are located throughout both parks, with supplies of park maps and time schedules.


Attractions for Toddlers

Top attractions for toddlers: Families will find countless fun, age-appropriate shows and attractions for preschool-aged children upon their visit. Some of the many options include:

In Disneyland:


  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • The Royal Theatre at Fantasy Faire
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • “it’s a small world”



In Disney California Adventure:


  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters (32″/81 cm or taller)
  • Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
  • Flik’s Flyers
  • Francis’ Ladybug Boogie
  • King Triton’s Carousel
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure



Baby on board!: The Parent “rider switch” policy gives both parents a chance to enjoy an attraction a young child may not want to board. A parent who waits with that child while the other parent rides the attraction may then board the ride with minimal wait time after the first parent exits. Guests may ask a cast member at an attraction’s entrance about this service.

Break out the measuring tape: Some attractions at the Disneyland Resort have height requirements to ensure the comfort and safety of all guests. Before visiting the Disneyland Resort, parents may want to measure their small children to limit any surprises upon arrival. Guests will find height requirements for applicable attractions at Disneyland.com.

Character Experiences

All the Resort’s a stage: Parents of small children will find entertaining Character Shows are some of the best opportunities to enjoy quality time with the family in an experience that’s mesmerizing for every age. For some children, the shows at Disneyland Resort are their first experience with live music and theater. Performances are scheduled daily, including Mickey’s Soundsational Parade or Main Street Electrical Parade and the stage production Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland, and both “Frozen-Live at the Hyperion” and “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” at Disney California Adventure.

Magical meetings: Some favorite spots for Character Encounters are Fantasy Faire, where Disney Princesses interact with guests, and Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland; and Cars Land where Mater and Lightning McQueen can be found cruising through Radiator Springs, and in Hollywood Land at Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome at Disney California Adventure.


Character dining: Parents and preschool-aged children may enjoy a tasty meal in the company of a favorite character such as Cinderella, Minnie Mouse or Donald Duck at the Disneyland Resort. Five locations currently offer character dining experiences: Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure, Disney’s PCH Grill at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel, Plaza Inn at Disneyland and Storytellers CafĂ© at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Dining

Delicious healthy meals: Nutritious food and beverage options are an important component for families. For guests who are seeking to make healthier choices, the Disneyland Resort offers power pack meals, designed for children with snacks such as apple slices and string cheese, and the Mickey Check symbol available on kids’ menus. The Mickey Check helps parents easily identify healthier dining options that meet Disney nutrition guidelines.

Special dietary requests: Table-service restaurants and select quick-service locations across the resort offer allergy-friendly menus to all guests. Parents can confidently choose the safest ingredients and alternatives for young children who have common food allergies.


Guilt-free snacks: With six locations within Disneyland, and three locations inside Disney California Adventure, fruit carts offer healthy snack options for families looking to refuel between attractions and entertainment. Fresh fruit, yogurt and juice are just some of the options parents will find at these locations.

Photo Opportunities

Snap the magic: Guests will find nine iconic photo spots across the Disneyland Resort. They are conveniently marked with a “Nikon Picture Spot” sign in front of beautiful locations such as the Partners statue in the Central Plaza at Disneyland, and Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Disney California Adventure. As children grow older, photos from a special trip to Disneyland become a lasting treasure.



Worth a thousand words: Guests with pre-school aged children can easily capture priceless memories with Disney’s PhotoPass Service. Photographers are staffed at iconic locations, character greetings and select dining experiences in both parks. Guests wishing to have their photos taken may ask this trained cast member for a free PhotoPass Card. At each subsequent encounter where a PhotoPass photographer is present, guests simply show the same card to collect all of their memories in one convenient place. Many photo packages are available, including digital and printed copies online and in person at Main Street Photo Supply at Disneyland and Kingswell Camera Shop at Disney California Adventure.

Magical Memories

Disney Wish Program: Through the Disney Wish® Program, nearly 800 wishes are granted each year for children with life-threatening medical conditions. This collaboration between the Disneyland Resort and nonprofit wish-granting organizations has been making wishes come true since 1981. Guests who visit Disneyland as part of the program may utilize the Disney Wish Lounge, located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., near the First Aid Station and Baby Care Center.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: Children ages 3-12 receive the royal treatment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland. In this unique experience, parents may choose from a variety of packages with fun hairstyles, beautiful dresses and photography options that fit every budget. Parents watch the magical transformation unfold as young ones truly believe they are becoming their favorite Disney Knight or Princess.


Special Merchandise: Disneyland Resort guests will find many shops with fun merchandise that will help create lasting memories. Parents may pick up their child’s first Mickey Mouse ear hat that can be embroidered with the child’s name or a very first plush of a favorite Disney character. A special souvenir is a sweet reminder of the precious preschool years.

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Get Married at Disneyland Paris

Get Married at Disneyland Paris



Located next to the city of love, Disneyland Paris offers the perfect romantic setting to make any wedding day a memorable celebration. They are now opening their magical gates to bring to life couples’ dreams in a storybook setting with Sleeping Beauty Castle as a backdrop.


Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings offers the chance for couples to create a truly unforgettable moment: a wedding as exquisite and unique as they are. They’ve put together two collections, Royal Wedding Collections where couples can design an entirely personalized celebration and Romantic Wedding Collections where they can choose the celebration that best suits their dreams.

The Royal Wedding Collections bring every couple’s biggest dreams to life, from “once upon a time” to “happily ever after”. The unique entertainment and exclusively-designed settings make this celebration an ultimate fairy tale wedding and an everlasting memory.


Thanks to Romantic Wedding Collections, couples can choose to celebrate their love in an array of venues with spectacular themes. Unique enhancements, such as Disney characters or live music, will make this celebration extra magical.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding specialists have been making dreams come true in Disney destinations around the world for 25 years. Couples can now rely on both their expertise and experience at Disneyland Paris to bring the perfect celebration to life. From the first steps of planning right up to the day itself, they will oversee the tiniest details to ensure this day exceeds all expectations.


About Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons is an evolving business offering wedding experiences, expert advice and fashion that has been making dreams come true for 25 years. The brand is based on fantasy, global wedding planning services and the desire to make wedding dreams a reality. Together, they've vow to celebrate the dearest love stories of couples from all over the world. For more information visit http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/events/disney-fairy-tale-weddings/


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Must Do FastPass+ Rides at Walt Disney World for Pre-Schoolers

Must Do FastPass+ Rides at Walt Disney World for Pre-Schoolers


Wondering what rides you should use your FastPass+ on while at Walt Disney World if you have a pre-schooler? Today I share a few suggestions at each park.


I have been to Walt Disney World more times than I have fingers and never by myself. Each time I've visited I have always had my children with me, each in a different age range since my oldest are all 4 years apart, while Madison the youngest, is 8 years younger than her youngest brother. Walt Disney World is the one place where it doesn't matter how old you are, there is something for everyone. I decided to take Madison when she was first 2 years old and everyone thought that she was too young, but she enjoyed herself and since then, we've been back every year. At age 2 she was too young to do most of the rides but now at age 5, there is so much more she can do and of course she enjoys it so much more.


Now the reason I have decided to do this post, a few people have asked, "what rides should I use my FastPass+ on if I have a pre-schooler?". You're only given 3 FastPass+ passes per day per park and unless you're staying at a Walt Disney Resort, the earliest you can book is 30 days in advance (60 if you're a Walt Disney Resort guest).  I'll be doing a post exclusively on FastPass+, what is it and why you should use it. However, today I want to share with you my must do FastPass+ rides at Walt Disney World for pre-schoolers.


Must Do FastPass+ Rides at Walt Disney World for Pre-Schoolers - Magic Kingdom

I almost always start at Magic Kingdom whenever we visit Walt Disney World. If this is your first time visiting, you may want to start here. It's the only place you will be able to meet Cinderella and of course her castle is also here. This is by far Madison's favorite park as well since she just LOVES the Mad Tea Party ride and Prince Charming Regal Carousel. So let's get down to which rides I think will be best.

The Barnstormer - 35"+
This is by far one of Madison's favorite ride. We like to call it the baby roller coaster and is a great way to introduce your little one to a roller coaster. It's perfect for those little ones who aren't into big thrills. The ride isn't too long and before you know it, you're back to the beginning. Lines can be long since this ride is great for younger kids so having a FastPass+ would come in handy for a second ride.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - 38"+
If you want to kick up your roller coaster ride a notch then the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is definitely what you're looking for. I have seen lines for this being as much as 120 minutes. This is the one roller coaster that will have you hanging on to your seat. You have to be quick on this one as FastPass+ service are usually limited. It's rare to get it for the day that you want, so when you see it, grab it.


Tomorrowland Speedway - 32"+
Think of it as a bigger version of their power wheels. Kids get to drive their very own gas powered car around a race track. Kids over 32" can drive on their own while those under will need an adult to ride with them, but they can be in the drivers seat. The track is designed to look like a real speedway and Lightening McQueen fans will have a blast driving 7mph racing against each other. Standby for this ride can sometimes be 60 minutes and up so having a FastPass+ for this will come in handy.

Peter Pans Flight - Any Height
This is another that can have very long wait times. The last time I was there, there was a 75 minute wait time. Sit in a pirate ship and fly around Neverland meeting all the characters from the story. Once again children love this and Madison wanted to do this one twice.

It’s a Small World - Any Height
Now if you're looking to just sit back and relax, then It's a Small World is the perfect ride for you. You sit in a boat while going through the different countries while listening to It's a Small World continuously. While adults can find it painful to sit through, kids just seem to love it.


Must Do FastPass+ Rides at Walt Disney World for Pre-Schoolers - Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom I feel has always been one of the most underrated park at Walt Disney World, but it has also been one of my favorite. It consists mostly of character meet and greets and shows. While most people tend to think of it as Walt Disney World's Zoo, because of all the wildlife you can find, there are a few rides that are available for your little ones to try.

Kilimanjaro Safari - Any Height
This is my favorite ride at Animal Kingdom and another that has very long wait times. Travel through the Kilimanjaro Safari on a tour that showcases the animals of Animal Kingdom. See Lions, Giraffes and the African Elephant. Now since these are animals in their almost natural habitat, depending on when you get your FastPass+, you may see different animals throughout the day.

Kali River Rapids - 38"+
Be prepared to get wet! In the heart of Asia, get on a river raft and get ready to go whitewater rafting. Travel down a waterfall, while you bob and spin while getting splashed. We had a blast on this ride although Madison wasn't too thrilled to get wet in the end. Get your FastPass+ for this and also a poncho.



Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain - 44"+
This is the only roller coaster at Animal Kingdom and a must. Madison was finally able to do this last year and what a thrill it was. Be prepared to go backwards in the dark and with a few drops. There were lots of screams, even from adults. This is also one where you'll have your photo taken while on the ride, so have your memory maker or magic band ready to purchase your photo at the end. This is another ride that can have very long wait times so FastPass+ is definitely recommended.

Dinosaur - 40"+
This one is perfect for your dinosaur fans. Travel back in time to the prehistoric age and try to rescue an Iguanodon. Since this one is done in mainly the dark, it can get a little scary for very young children and Madison wasn't too much of a fan. However skipping the line with your FastPass+ for those who want to ride is recommended as standby lines can also get pretty long for this one.


Must Do FastPass+ Rides at Walt Disney World for Pre-Schoolers - Epcot

This is probably one of my favorite parks, there is so much to do here and so much to learn. While there aren't a lot of rides here at Epcot, this is where you will meet Anna and Elsa in Norway at their home and for the one ride that is almost impossible to get on UNLESS you have a FastPass+.

Frozen Ever After - Any Height
This is actually the most popular ride at Walt Disney World and one of the most difficult to get a FastPass+ service for and you truly have to be quick about it. Standby times can be as long as 2hrs and more. Madison and I still have yet to ride this and we've been to Walt Disney World 2 times in the past 3 months. We're hoping to be able to ride it this summer. We've been told the best time to get on the ride is close to closing and the magic morning hours.

Test Track - 40"+
Kids will have a blast designing a car and putting it to the test in terms of speed and maneuverability. This was a hit with Madison and my boys although they're older just loved it. This is one thrill ride that everyone will love.



Soarin’ - 40"+
Strap in and take flight on a simulated air adventure over cities that you dream of visiting. This ride has been revamped from years gone by. You can now not only see the sights but smell it as well. I have to say that is by far my favorite ride at Epcot and Madison's as well. We actually ended up doing this twice. Make sure to have a FastPass+ for this as this is another that has very long standby times. 

Living the Land - Any Height
Get a behind the scenes look at the greenhouses that provide most of the food right there at Epcot. See firsthand how horticulturists are making great strides and new techniques that are implemented to grow fruits and vegetables. You'll even get to see fish farms. This can be done right before making your way to Soarin'. Kill two birds with one stone and do them both since they're right next to each other.

Mission: SPACE - 44"+
For those interested in science and outer space, Mission SPACE is the place to be. Little ones would have a blast pretending to be an astronaut in a space simulator blasting your way to Mars. There are two levels of intensity, Green and Orange. Green is less intense and doesn't spin while Orange does. If you suffer from motion sickness, then your best bet will be the Green team. This is one experience you may not want to miss.


Must Do FastPass+ Rides at Walt Disney World for Pre-Schoolers - Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is just like the name it portrays, is very much like Hollywood. Filled with lots of hit shows with a few rides sprinkled in between. Most of the shows can have long wait times very much like the rides so I will suggest a few that I just think you should see with your little ones.

Star Tours - The Adventure Continues - 40"+
This is one 3D ride that every Star Wars fan will love, even if you aren't a Star Wars fan you'll still love it. This ride is motion simulated so you'll feel like you're flying off to a galaxy far, far away. With special effect and music, you'll even get to the meet the great Darth Vader. Standby times for this can get excessive so this is one you will definitely need a FastPass+ for.

Toy Story Midway Mania - Any Height
Kids will have fun blasting their way through the Toy Story game in 3D. There are a few games to play and you'll have fun trying to beat the other's score. There are even 4D special effects so don't be surprised if you end up getting wet. You've been warned. Madison really enjoyed this one and most kids do.


The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - 40"+
One of the most popular ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios and one that can have really long standby times. Madison was scared to do this one but I did this on our very first visit as a family. Mikael was about 3years old at the time and he was able to ride with us as a family. It's a haunted elevator ride and there are a few drops that can get scary, but if your little one is a thrill seeker, they would love this! I'm hoping that Madison will go with us, when we go back this summer as a family.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration - Any Height
This isn't a ride but a show and one that is very much in demand as all the other Frozen attractions at Walt Disney World. This live show is 30 minutes long and is filled with sing-along song. It's also 4D so be prepared to have "snow" fall on you. Madison just LOVED this and I have to admit, so did I. 

Disney Junior Live - Any Height
This is another show and is right outside the Disney Junior character meet and greet station. You can either visit with the characters beforehand or after the show. It's an interactive show where the kids get to join in and play along with their favorite Disney Junior characters that they love. Sophia, Doc McStuffins, Mickey and friends and more.


Now while there are many more shows and rides that you can use your FastPass+ service for at Walt Disney World, the ones I suggested are more suited for your pre-schooler. If you can think of any others, I'd love to hear of them.

Can you think of any other rides that you can recommend for pre-schoolers? 


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Science-Backed Ways to Help Your Child Succeed

Science-Backed Ways to Help Your Child Succeed



We all worry about our kids. However, ever since the term “helicopter parenting” was coined, along with woeful reports about how it’s crippling kids, none of us want to obsessively hover over our kids to defend them from the world every step of the way, either.

There’s no silver bullet for parenting. Nothing that I can tell you will be the perfect solution for every parent and child out there. However, we can track trends in parenting and see which methods most often help children overcome future challenges and succeed in life. So how can you help your child succeed? Let me tell you right now: it’s not all about making sure that they’re set up with a trust, or finagling an entry into that super-hoity-toity private school so they can be on the Ivy-League route at age 5.

So much of it is about opening up unique opportunities for your child and giving them the room to thrive on their own.

Here are some science-backed ways that you can help your child succeed:


Teach Them to Delay Gratification

The landmark “marshmallow study” illustrated the importance of self-control as an early key to future success. Briefly stated, the study tested a number of preschool children. They could have one marshmallow right away, or wait 15 minutes and get two marshmallows. It was found that children who had the willpower to wait 15 minutes demonstrated more success later in life: lower rates of destructive behavior and divorce, better health and better SAT scores. Think about how rare an attribute self-control and delayed gratification is now, in a world where children expect instant gratification more and more. The ability to resist something they want now for something they want in the future can give your child a huge leg up.

How did the kids manage to resist the allure of the marshmallow? Those who held out for 15 minutes found creative ways to distract themselves, turning their chairs, moving the marshmallow away, and singing songs. These are skills that can be taught at an early age and have powerful ramifications later in life.


Save for the Future, but Don’t Take Things for Granted

One of the best ways that you can teach this principle of self-control is by demonstrating it yourself. Plan your finances so that you’ll be able to give your children the opportunities you want the most for them. Here are some ideas to help you plan early on for your child’s college tuition. However, make sure that your child understands the value of money and the importance of frugal living, instead of taking the opportunities that you give them for granted. Instead of including frivolous luxuries in your budget, save up for things that really benefit your child, like eye-opening travel opportunities. Let them know when you deny them a treat now and then, it’s because you’re putting that money towards a more important goal for them.

Give Them Positive Models 

Children with two parents who graduated from college are more than three times as likely to go to college themselves. People who go into the military are 5 times more likely to have a parent who served. Why is this? It’s because we’re powerfully influenced by the models that we see when we’re growing up. So does that mean that if you didn’t go to college or get a high-paying job your child is doomed?

Of course not! However, you can greatly increase your child’s chances of prosperity and success by exposing them to prosperity and success in close quarters. Additionally, this grants your child the opportunity to understand different possibilities for their future and truly choose a path that will suit them best, instead of just the one that seems the most accessible.

What can you do? Reach out to friends and see if you can give your kids shadowing opportunities, or internships as they get older. So much of what holds us back is simply not knowing how to take the next step, and being bewildered by the unknown.


Life Skills Are Often More Important than Grades

In a recent book by Paul Tough, he examines how the factors that determine whether a child will succeed or fail in life have less to do with academics and more to do with non-academic skills. Things like curiosity, compassion, emotional intelligence, social skills, grit and determination.

Now, teaching those things is pretty difficult. And again, there is not a single magic formula. But remember this while you’re raising your kids. High scores won’t protect them from relationship troubles. A scholarship into college doesn’t guarantee that they’ll make it clear through four years. And being “a pleasure to have in class” won’t make them succeed in the business world. It’s your responsibility, not just to make sure that their schooling is adequate, but that their education outside of school is teaching essential life skills. Praise their victories and evidence of growth outside of the class too, even if it’s not as easily quantifiable.

Teach Them How to Deal with Stress

It might seem laughable at first. After all, what do little kids have to stress about? All of their needs are met. They don’t have debts and mortgages hanging over them. They don’t drive, worry about relationships (until later), or worry that they might lose their jobs.

However, the truth is that life is very stressful for kids. They’re in a constant state of flux, since development brings wave after wave of internal change. Their social circle is always rotating. And the pressure of modern schooling systems sets in at a very early age. As your child continues to succeed, things will only get more and more stressful. Teach your child coping techniques so that they can channel stress in a healthy way, especially as they get older. It’s estimated that teens today have higher levels of anxiety than at any other period of time, and several studies have found that over half of college students are burdened with major stress-and-anxiety-related challenges.


Adapt to Disappointments as They Come

There’s one thing that we often neglect when we’re planning out ways to help our children: we don’t envision what we’ll do when things go wrong. What if your child struggles with a mental illness or addiction? What if they deal with trauma that throws their life off-course? What if trouble in the family has kids acting out, or your child has more of a challenge in school than you thought they would? This article has some good advice for dealing with scary challenges like that. It’s important to remember not to buy in to the blame game, and to take care of yourself as well as your child.

Challenges crop up in everyone’s life at some point. And the problem itself matters much less than how you as a parent react to it. Remember to exercise forgiveness, and self-care as well as nurturing towards your child. Your child will inevitably come across similarly difficult challenges when they’re an adult, and they’ll look back to your model when they’re deciding how to cope. Remember that there’s no one path to success. Sometimes what seems like a setback is actually an advantage. Be adaptable and teach your child to do the same.


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Dixie Cup Snowmen

Dixie Cup Snowmen


No snow? How about making some snowmen out of dixie cups to substitute for the real snowmen you can't build.


This winter has been one of the mildest we have had in Colorado in the five years that I have been living here. Sure, we have had a few snow days but nothing major. Nowhere enough for us to build anything besides snow angels. With Madison in love with snow, I was hoping that we would have had a lot more so that we could go outside and build a snowman, like Olaf, from her favorite movie, Frozen. You might remember the song that Anna sings to Elsa, "Do you want to build a snowman?" when she's all alone.


Do you want to build a snowman?
Come on lets go and play
I never see you anymore
Come out the door
It's like you've gone away...
We used to be best buddies
And now we're not
I wish you would tell me why!
Do you want to build a snowman?
It doesn't have to be a snowman
Since I promised Madison that we would build our own Olaf this winter I couldn't quite possibly go back on my promise. So what do you do when you have no snow? Or maybe you live in a place where you don't have snow in winter, here is an easy way to bring your own snowmen to life. No snow needed, but you do need dixie cups.

Snowmen Cups

Supplies needed:

Dixie paper cups
White spray paint (or use white styrofoam cups)
Old newspaper
Metallic red and green pipe cleaners
Red, green, and orange felt
Black puffy paint
Scissors


Directions:

1. Lay out an old newspaper outside or in a well ventilated area and spray paint your cups white and let dry, they might need a second coat. If you prefer, you can also use plain white styrofoam cups to bypass this step altogether.

2. Cut out several (1 for each cup) 8"x 3/4" strips from your red and green felt, cut the ends into fringe and hot glue one around the bottom of each cup crisscrossing for a scarf.


3. Now cut out several (2 for each cup) nickel sized circles and hot glue a matching set on each side of the top of the cups for ear-muffs.

4. Connect the ear-muffs by glueing a 3" piece of the matching pipe cleaner to each ear-muff.


5. Then cut a small triangle from your orange felt and hot glue it above the scarf for the carrot nose.

6. Now use your black puffy paint to draw on eyes and a mouth and let dry


You now have your very own snowmen made from dixie cups and you didn't even need snow. Your hands are still warm and toasty and your snowman will never melt. You can check out our other snowmen projects.


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