How many marshmallows can you fit onto your snowman?
This activity uses a lot of different skills. It can be done at any age level and allows independence in older children and hand-eye coordination practice in younger ones. Make a few on one paper and have a whole snowman family to brighten up any classroom on a chilly day!
☃️Get inspired: Start off the discussion with children on what snowman look like — what shape their nose is, their hat, and their bodies.
🎶 Get into the spirit: Sing the song “Frosty the Snowman” with the children to have them envision what a snowman looks like!
❄️ Did you know? The best snow for making a real snowman is when it’s a bit warmer out...or just below freezing. The snow will stick together better than the fluffy stuff, making a more durable snowman!
For this activity you will need:
Blue construction paper
White school glue
Counting to determine the quantity
Start by making the outline of the snowman with glue. You can do this yourself, hand over hand or invite your children to use the glue themselves to create 2 large circles in the middle of the blue paper - one on top of the other and 1 smaller circle on the top as the head.
Next, have the child put marshmallows on top of the glue outlines. Try to have one next to each other without any space between them.
Once the marshmallows are dry, either using hand over hand technique or letting the child do them independently, draw 2 black eyes on the face and a small circle in the shape of a smile.
Next, draw an orange triangle for the nose.
Don’t forget 2 arms! Draw 2 straight lines coming from the top and a large circle with a few smaller lines at the end to mimic 2 branches as arms. Hang up once completely dry to see your friendly snowman!
⬆️ For older preschoolers: Make a snow family and have them come up with the different family members. Maybe it’s a family of all snow-children or a snowman and a snowdog — let them get creative with who is in the family!
⬇️ For younger toddlers: This activity can be a bit tricky with hand-eye coordination and not rubbing their hands in glue as they go. Try a glue stick instead, it may be a bit tidier for them!
How many marshmallows are on your snowman’s head?
Do you remember what the snowman’s nose is usually made of?
Have you ever made a snowman before?
Have you ever seen a snowman in the summer? Why not?