Stamping with Found Objects to Create Snow

Have you seen this pin?

I've been drooling over this pin for a good long while. I really wanted to try it with my two year old originally. With all of the many project ideas that I have, I just never got around to letting her be the guinea pig for this one.

However, an opportunity did present itself for me to do something similar to this. One weekend, I was making an example of a project I wanted to do with my students based on Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day. I needed to figure out a fun way for the students to add "snow" to their work. First, I tried making fake snow out of glue and shaving cream, but I just didn't like the way it looked. Here's how that turned out:

No good! I wish you could see my face when I look at that. Yikes! I eventually came up with a much better project, which I recently blogged about.  This is why I always say the teacher MUST test the projects she intends to teach before she attempts them with students. Troubleshooting is important.

Anyway, as I was trying to figure out what to do with the snow, I remembered that awesome pin. I was particularly intrigued with the idea of using a clothes clip to help the students hold onto random objects for stamping. We are lucky to have a couple of sinks in our classroom, but with nearly 30 students it can be tricky for everyone to get to the sink and wash their hands. It is best to try to prevent paint getting on the hands!

I ended up just wandering around my house and grabbing a bunch of random things to try out. Here's the gamut of my ideas:

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Here is each individual idea:

Button: Works if you tap and drag it. I thought this one looked like the snow was falling from the sky.