Living in Texas, we rarely get enough real snow to build a snowman. Rather than miss out on all the frosty fun I set up some simple preschool snowman activities for my kids. The supplies and instructions are easy and we had so much fun.
#1 Build a Marshmallow Snowman – You’ll need big marshmallows, raisins, pretzels, and a few mini marshmallows. Feel free to add additional decorating options. Set your child up with all the ingredients on a plate and let them have at it. Back away and try not to direct. Tell them if they build an awesome snowman they get to eat it.
You can demonstrate and build your own, but give them the freedom to explore and experiment as they balance the marshmallows, poke in the pretzel arms, add eyes and feet, and whatever else makes them happy. This activity involves fine motor skill practice, imagination, creativity, and of course snacking. The raisin eyes are just a tad bit creepy though.
#2 Build a Cottonball Snowman – An oldie but a goodie, this little project was a big hit with my small people and our sweet friend on a play date. I set up a shallow bowl of white glue on the table, then gave each child a large piece of paper, and a bunch of cottonballs. I showed them how to dip the cottonball in the glue and then stick it on their paper. Then I asked them to create their own snowman. I didn’t force or push or try to help it be perfect. I let them create and the results were really fun.
Each of the three snowmen were completely different and unique. They were all so proud of their creations, and I was proud of myself for stepping back and releasing control. They got to build a snowman the way they wanted to, and they loved it. To learn more about creating authentic art with kids and WHY it is important, read this fabulous post by Debbie Clement.
#3 Build a Yogurt Snowman – We made this little melted Olaf snack last year and it was a big hit. I used vanilla greek yogurt to make a basic snowman shape on a plate and then let the Bear decorate it with grape stems, blueberries, a carrot, dried fruit, and mini marshmallows. It makes a great dip for fruit or cookies. For an messier project you can have kids form the snowman themselves from the yogurt. Greek yogurt is a little thicker and works better than other yogurt, Read more about making a yogurt snowman in my Melted Olaf Dip post here and get other ideas inspired by Frozen.
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