Cylinder Santa Windsock: A Great Keepsake for Christmas!
The cylinder is one of the tricky 3-D shapes for my Y5’s to grasp, so I try to do things with cans and toilet paper rolls.
We also make at least one windsock a month and December is the perfect time to make one that will become a treasured keepsake.
Cylinder Santa is not that difficult, and reviews a variety of flat shapes as well as brings home the vocabulary word cylinder!
- Depending on the ethnicity of your students, choose a facial color construction paper for Santa’s face.
- This will be the cylinder.
- I use the smaller sheets of construction paper and glued them together so that my paper is 21 inches long.
- Run off my templates on a duplo.
- Click on the link to view/print the Cylinder Santa Handprint Windsock patterns OR...
- Click on this link to print the Cylinder Santa handprint windsock patterns, pictures and this article's directions. Cylinder Santa Handprint Windsock "Stuff"
- Cut Santa’s brim strips on a paper cutter.
- To cut down on time, and because my students are younger (this is a lot of cutting) I have the holly leaves, nose, mouth, and eyes pre-cut.
- A room helper has also traced and cut their hands the day before. She traces once, and then cuts 4 hands at a time, then paperclips them together.
- Students cut out their hat and circle pom pom.
- They fold the hat down and glue their circle pom pom to the point.
- Teachers always want to know why my cotton fur always looks so real and my students don’t glue the whole cotton ball on their artwork, even when they are told not to.
- It’s because I have them pre-rip the balls apart ahead of time, making it a contest to see who can make the nicest pile of ripped up cotton FLUFF!
- Since I’ve been doing that, their piles no longer resemble a cotton ball, their fingers get a wonderful fine motor work out, and their artwork from Santa’s cap to adorable sheep, look very realistic!
- Put a dollop of tacky glue on a small paper plate. Students use their index finger or a Q-tip to rub glue over their circle pom pom and then pinch pieces of fluff and stick the cotton pieces to the sticky surface.
- Have them repeat the process for Santa’s brim.
- I have the pre-cut pieces lying out at a table. Once children have completed the fur step, they pick up the appropriate pieces and return to their workspace and glue Santa’s face on.
- Remember to model how to do this before your students make their own Santa windsock. You will then have a sample to hang up in front of the class for them to refer to.
- When children are gluing on santa’s mustache remind them not to glue down the ends so that they can fold them forward giving a 3-D effect.
- Younger students may need help fanning out their handprints as they glue on Santa’s beard under his smiling lips.
- Students come up to the "Trimmings" center to work one-on-one with me.
- At this time, I let them rub their pointer finger in dry pink rouge powder so they can give their Santa some cheeks. Copper and bronze also look nice.
- I’ve experimented with other things, and like this even better than chalk. My students think this is “way cool” especially the girls.
- I use double-sided green pin-dot scrapbook paper for the holly leaves. One side is darker than the other and gives their Santa just a bit more pizzazz than plain construction paper.
- Children choose two red sequins and a ruby flat-backed rhinestone for the 3rd berry. They adhere them in a cluster in the center of the leaves with glue dots.
- I make veins on the leaves with Elmer’s glue and they sprinkle green glitter over the top.
- Set aside to dry and then using a glue stick, rub a stripe of glue down one side of their paper and roll their Santa into a cylinder.
- Staple top and bottom for durability.
- Punch a hole on either side, suspend with yarn, and hang from the ceiling.
- The Santa Cylinder Windsocks look darling running along the top of a wall in the hallway.
- A black Ellison die-cut caption can read: “Here’s Ho Ho Hoping you have a very Merry Christmas! Better behave; our Santa’s are watching!”
Do you have a tip you can share of how you teach the cylinder shape or a fun Christmas craft? I'd enjoy hearing from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to pop back tomorrow and I'll share a fun reindeer puppet that you can make out of a lunch bag!