So who is the most famous snowman around? Is it Frosty or Olaf? Well, Frosty has been around a lot longer even if Olaf has been getting a lot of press in recent years. Snowmen have staying power, even when Mother Nature’s fickle weather melts them away.
Snowman crafts are even better because you don’t need to wait for the snow to create them. Kindergartners especially enjoy putting together a snowman or snow woman, even if it is made out of paper. Snowman crafts are perfect for a rainy day and make for adorable seasonal decorations and holiday ornaments. The best part of making a snowman craft? The mittens stay dry and your hands don’t get cold! Here are seven fun snowman crafts to make with your 5-year-old.
Before Frosty can head into town, he needs to be put together. Before the kids sit down to make a snowman, have these supplies close at hand.
- Colored construction paper
- White construction paper
- Black construction paper
- White paper plates
- Black pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- White paint
- Cotton balls
- Glue sticks
- White felt
- Black felt
- Glue gun
- Hole puncher
- Pom poms
- Large craft sticks
Paper plate snowman
Take three paper plates and glue them together to make the snowman’s body. Precut or have the kids trace and cut two boots, a hat, and mittens from construction paper using a template. Free snowman templates can be found online. Then, let kids put together their snowman by gluing on the boots, hats, and mittens. Kids can use buttons and googly eyes for a face or draw using markers.
Cotton ball hanging snowman
Have kids cover a large paper plate with cotton balls. Kids can glue on the cotton balls as is or pull the cotton apart before gluing. Once the cotton is on, glue on a button nose and googly eyes. Use a template to trace and cut a hat from black construction paper. Glue on the hat. Using a hole puncher, make a hole in the center of a hat. Make a loop to hang using a black pipe cleaner.
Use an upside-down bowl as a circle template and cut three large circles out of white construction paper. Precut or let the kids trace and cut boots, a hat, and mittens from construction paper. Using a glue stick, kids can put together their snowman. Kids can draw a face or use googly eyes and buttons. Scraps can be used to form arms too.
Paint the front and back of a few crafts sticks white. Let air dry. While the paint is drying, cut a small hat from black felt. To decorate the snowman, standard school glue or a glue gun works best. An adult should operate the glue gun to prevent burns. Using the googly eyes and orange pom pom, make the snowman’s face. Then, glue on the felt hat and three or more buttons down the center. Allow it to dry. Tie on a piece of colored felt or ribbon for a scarf. Once dried, cut a 4-inch piece of ribbon and make a loop. Using a glue gun, attach the loop to the back of the snowman behind the hat. This snowman ornament is ideal for a holiday tree.
Chalk snow scene
While putting together a project with specific pieces is a great craft for kids, it’s also important to allow kids the freedom to tap into their own imagination. Give kids a 12 by 18-inch piece of black construction paper and a piece of white chalk. Let them draw their own snow scene on the paper that includes a snowman or two. To keep the chalk dust in check, cover the table or workspace with newspaper or a disposable tablecloth.
Q-tip painting can be a lot of fun and a wonderful way to let kids use their imagination and work those all-important fine motor skills. Give kids a few Q-tips, white paint in a paper cup, and a piece of 12 by 18-inch black construction paper. Kids can make a big snowman or a bunch of smaller snowmen. This is another project where it’s excellent to let kids experiment with their own imagination and create a snowman just like they would outside in actual snow.
Using an upside-down bowl as a guide, trace and cut a circle from white felt. Trace and cut a hat from black felt. Glue on googly eyes and an orange pom pom or a button as a nose. Let dry. Place a hole in the center of the hat with a hole puncher. Cut a 4-inch piece of ribbon to make a hanging loop.
Arts and crafts activities are a fabulous rainy day, snowy day, or any day activity for kindergartners. Craft projects work those vital fine motor skills in the hands and fingers and are just plain fun as well as relaxing. Snowman crafts are ideal for winter but are a great pick for those super hot days, too. Kids love snowmen any time of the year! If your family has a craft night, try one or more of these cool crafts. They’re guaranteed not to melt!