1. Snowman in a Box: The kids and I created our own Snowman Box with some things we found around the house.
Our Snowman Box includes the following:
- Snowman Body: White circles cut out of construction paper in three different sizes.
- Snowman Buttons, Eyes and Mouth: Colorful Buttons, Black Rocks, Colorful Pom-Poms, Pipe-Cleaners (cut into small pieces to use for a snowman mouth)
- Snowman Nose: Cut out some “carrot” noses out of orange construction paper.
- Snowman Accessories: Hats and Scarves cut out of felt
- Snowman Arms: Pipe Cleaners and Clothespins.
I put some kid tweezers into the box and directed them to use the tweezers to create a snowman. They created and recreated snowmen for quite some time!
2. Snowman Printables: I love Confessions of a Homeschooler’s site. She is a homeschooling mom of four and has created some fabulous printables and activities for her children that she shares. Here is a link to some of her snow and snowman themed printables (all free). I particularly like her snowman patterning cards and snowman counting cards. (*You can use the buttons, pom-poms, etc from the Snowman Box above with the counting cards and ask the kids to place the correct number of “snowman buttons” on each counting card. You could also use items from the Snowman Box to create your own snowman patterns.)
3. Blizzard on a Blanket: We are planning on going outside and playing in the actual snow today but I decided to try out this “Blizzard in a Box” activity first – it’s been on my list of activities to try for a few weeks! (Check out the site in the link – she is the originator of this idea and has a lot of other great ideas!). We didn’t have a large enough box on hand so I morphed it into “Blizzard on a Blanket” for our purposes. All you need for this activity is a large enough box (or blanket) for your child(ren) to sit in and A LOT of cotton balls. Pour the cotton balls into the box and then let the kids’ imaginations run wild. We made snow angels, threw snow balls, built snow forts, used trucks to plow and collect the snow, and the list goes on…
4. Snowball Toss: We used our “snowballs” (cottonballs) to play catch, tossing them into large cups. This went over amazingly well. My two year shouted “YES, I DID IT!” every time he got a snowball into one of the cups.
5. Books! Last but now least, here’s a list of some of our favorite snow-themed books.
- Red Sled, Patricia Thomas
- Snow, Roy McKie
- Snowballs, Lois Ehlert
- Here Comes the Snow, Medearis and Chambliss
- Snow, Manya Stojic