If you’re looking for snowman crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers, I have a bunch, but I think my favourite one is this simple snowman building activity tray.
Kids can build their own snowman from scratch over and over again, making it different every time with this snowman activity tray.
It’s a great activity for developing fine-motor skills and critical thinking, and a wonderful way to put in a cold, snowy morning. It’s also a great Christmas party activity for kids to do together.
I put our snowman activity tray together over the weekend, and I couldn’t wait for the hooligans to get here this morning to try it out.
The idea for this activity came to me Friday afternoon, when a reader commented on the black bean “eyes” on the toilet roll snowmen we made a few years ago.
I got thinking about those adorable snowmen which were made with tp rolls, beans, buttons and fabric scraps, and soon enough I was raiding my craft cupboards for bits and pieces to this activity with.
I love how open-ended this activity is, and how creative the kids can get with it. No matter how many snowmen they “build”, they look different every single time. This activity kind of reminds me of Mr. Potato Head that way. The parts are always the same, but the possibilities are endless depending on how you mix and match them.
Ok! Let’s put this activity together for YOUR kids, and then I’ll show you the fun that the hooligans had making their snowmen.
To make my snowman activity tray, I used:
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- sectioned tray
- cotton cosmetic pads or white craft foam circles
- small lengths of ribbon, trim, fabric etc.
- Craft foam or cardstock or felt (for hats)
- dried black beans
- plastic ice crystals
- orange felt (cut into “carrot noses”)
- small twigs
I placed all of the snowman parts into the tray and set it on the table along, and I provided the kids with styrofoam meat trays to build their snowmen on. I also placed a thin fleece blanket on the table which behaved a little like a felt board, and prevented the snowmen and their parts from sliding around.
The 4 year olds enjoyed having the styrofoam tray as a defined work space to build their snowmen in.
The 2 year old preferred working directly on the table-top.
The 3 year old didn’t build a typical snowman. She enjoyed examining and experimenting with the snowman bits and pieces, and sorting and stacking them on her styrofoam tray.
There were so many choices to make when it came to colours, shapes and patterns so the girls really got to exercise their decision-making skills!
Changing up the looks of the snowman by swapping out buttons, hats and scarves was fun.
And handling the tiny buttons, beans and twigs was great strengthening fine motor skills.
What a hit! The girls came back to this snowman tray time and time again throughout the morning What a great indoor winter activity to keep the kids entertained AND learning.
Looking for another fun snowman learning activity? Check out this name-building snowman from A Dab of Glue will Do Ya
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.