How to Build a Snowman

For people who live in cold countries where there is abundant snowfall during the winter months, building a snowman is a good pastime. Although snow restricts our options of moving around, it is the same snow that we can use to build a snowman in our yard.

Factors to Consider

The first and foremost aspect to consider for those who want to build a snowman is to make sure that the snow is of the right kind. It should be wet enough so that it can be easily packed. Test this by taking some snow in hand and making a ball out of it. The ball must stay together and not crumble easily.

One also needs to decide the size and the place where the snowman is supposed to stand. In case it is a large one and the place which is chosen for it is far off from where the balls are made, then carrying them over to the site will be a difficult task. Also, one needs to understand that the top and the middle balls of snow need to be lifted up and placed on top of the lower balls. Hence, the size of the snowman should be decided keeping in mind the number of people who are building it.

Steps
The Belly:
Take a small amount of snow and start making a ball by pressing it together with your hands. Once it becomes too large to be handled by you, place the ball on the ground and roll it around over the snow. As you roll the ball, more snow will stick to it. Press this snow firmly onto the ball. Roll the ball in all directions so that snow sticks to all sides and what you get is a good spherical ball that is equally round on all sides. This is the bottom potion of your snowman. Place this ball in a place where you want the snowman to stand. You definitely don’t want to shift the position of your entire snowman after it has been made. Scoop some snow out from the top in the center of this ball so that the next ball can be placed comfortably over this one, which will form the lowest portion of the snowman.
The Heart:
Now, make the middle portion of the snowman. This is as we call the “heart and soul” of the snowman. Start the same way as you did while making the lowest ball. Take some snow in hand and make a ball by it together. Now, roll the ball over in all direction and press the snow that accumulates around it, but remember that this ball has to be smaller than the lowest one, say about two-third the size of the lower ball. Also, be sure that the snow in this ball is clumped tightly together. You do not want the snowball to crumble when you are placing it over the other ball. Make a hollow at the top in the center as you had made in the previous ball. Now, gently place this middle ball over the hollowed area on the lowest ball. Put some more snow around the place where the two balls are in contact. Press the snow firmly and clean out the extra to give a clean look to the meeting edges of the two balls.
The Head:
This is the last ball of snow and has to be done the same way as the other two balls. It just has to be smaller than the middle ball that makes up the snowman. Place it on the scoop that is made on the top central portion of the middle ball and seal the joining place with some tightly-packed snow and remove the extra amount.
The Face:
Making a snowman is not just about piling one ball of snow on top of the other. Now that you have built your own snowman, how about giving it some identity? You can use coal, rocks, or even paper dishes (depending upon the size of the snowman) for the eyes. For the face, you can arrange pieces of coal, pebbles, or rocks into a smile. For the nose, the most common option is to use a carrot. Alternatively, one could also use a fir cone, tangerine, or anything else that you wish to choose. Only be careful that while inserting these objects the snow ball does not crumble.
The Arms:
Though some wish to leave their snowman without arms, one with its appendages looks more attractive. One can use sticks or even snow to make the arms. It is better to have the sticks slanting slightly upwards or downwards than sticking right out of the sides horizontally. In case you want your snowman to hold a broomstick, ensure that the end of the stick is buried a few inches below the snow. This is to ensure that it is not blown away by a strong gust of wind. Also, be careful while inserting the stick into your snowman. Just as with the nose, the snowball may crumble if the sticks are inserted in haste.
Accessories:
What about putting a muffler around the neck of your snowman? Not only would it give a look that it is ready to face the cold out there, but also break the monotony of color. Just ensure that you tie the muffler into a neat knot so that it stays where it is supposed to. You could also put some leafy branch of a tree as hair. If you are planning to provide your snowman with a hat, consider knit hats, as they are better options than top hats that tend to be blown away by wind if not secured. Scarves are also a good alternative to hats.
This was just one of the ways for those who want to know how to build a snowman. Alternatively, instead of using two balls of snow for the body, one could just make a single mound and place a round ball of snow on top of it for the head. As far as decorating and giving a real look to your snowman is concerned, the sky is the limit. Enjoy your winters holidays and build your own snowman!

How to Make Bubbles for Kids

Blowing bubbles is a fascination for every child. The inherent joy of seeing those bubbles rising in the air and filling the atmosphere is a treat to watch. Kids simply love it, and even adults won’t deny the fact that it is a real fun experience. However, parents often complain about the money their kids waste in blowing bubbles. Here’s how you can be frugal and yet creative, if you just give some thought to it.

How to Make Bubbles for Kids
You can use soap and detergents for this purpose.

With Soap Solution
Soap and detergents are an integral part of our household products. Kids would surely love the idea of making soap bubbles at home. Making bubbles with dish soap or shampoo is an interesting thing to learn. The steps have been mentioned below.
Select a container, in which you’ll prepare the soap solution. Ensure that the container has a lid.
Get some dish soap or shampoo.
Next, fill the container with water, and add some amount of dish soap or shampoo to it.
Stir this mixture, and tightly seal the container.
Before shaking the container vigorously, ensure that the lid is tightly closed.
Search for some wire, band, straws, etc. Clean them before using.
It is mandatory to stir the mixture properly, or else the solution won’t give you the desired results.
Dip the wand into the container, and blow into it.
Lo and behold! Now, you can blow bubbles into the air.

With Glycerin Solution
Glycerin is a relatively cheaper additive, and the bubbles can be much better and thicker. Now, let’s learn how to make bubbles with glycerin.
Gather up some soap, bowl, water, spoon, and thickening ingredients like glycerin.
Mix the dish soap or shampoo with water in the bowl. A suitable ratio of water and other ingredients is necessary so that at the end, the mixture works well. For instance, 1:1 soap to water ratio is best. You can try various combinations, and check which one works best for you.
Add glycerin to the solution. You can also add corn syrup, but be careful that the amount must be in proportion to the other ingredients.
Stir the solution gently, and mix it well.
Taking your container outdoors would help you achieve better results. Moreover, storing the solution for one day would give you much better bubbles.

Important Tips
In the quest to blow bubbles, kids tend to be careless, and end up doing something that makes them fall ill.
Bending the wand or the wire from one corner in a circular, heart, or triangle shape can help you get some good bubbles. Just bend your wire from one corner. Supervise the kids while they are doing this, to avoid them hurting themselves with the wire.
Distilled water shows better results than tap water.
Bubbles last longer during humid days.
Don’t let them drink the bubble solution. Be cautious, as this could be harmful to their health.
If you wish, add some food coloring material to make colored bubbles. Ensure that the coloring material is not harmful for kids.
Prefer baby shampoos over other shampoos and soaps, as they are meant for kids.
Prepare the above-mentioned solutions, and enjoy watching your children prance around the bubbles with glee.