This DIY snowman kit is a must-have for your list of winter activities for preschoolers. Let the kids choose materials for their kit, building it at their table. Then, keep an eye on the weather forecast and let them take their snowman kits home to use on their own snowmen. Or, work together with your students to build a makeshift snowman out of items you find in the classroom. The kids can take turns using their kits to decorate the snowman with their kits. Either way, the kids are going to have an absolute blast with this activity!
Get ready for snowy days with this DIY snowman kit!
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The DIY snowman kit was inspired by Lois Ehlert’s Snowballs. The book is about a family making a variety of snow people, as well as snow pets! To decorate their snow people and pets, the family chooses items from around the house, as well as items found in nature. I love the idea of using different items to personalize snowmen, which is what led to our own little snowman kit.
All the items in this DIY snowman kit will be set aside until we have a snowman to decorate! Some of the items will be eyes, noses, mouths, and arms. Other items will be purely to decorate and add flair to the snow people we make.
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Engineer and I have both been waiting on the first big winter snowfall here. It hasn’t arrived yet, but we are going to be ready when it does! Our snow gear is ready to be worn, we have “snow paint” supplies ready to go, our snow building block-maker is set aside, and hot chocolate is in the pantry! Now we just need the snow. Once we get it, we’ll be trying out our snowman kit right away!
Below you’ll find what Engineer and I decided to include in our DIY snowman kit. Every item in the kit is something we found around the house, but we also plan on adding nature items (like tree branches and pine cones). The beauty of this homemade kit is that the ingredients are totally up to you and your kids! You can customize it however you want — based on your interests, special collections the kids have, items you already have on-hand, and objects you find outside in your yard. Here’s what we used (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Walnuts still in the shells
- Mini plastic spoons
- Curvy straws
- Bamboo skewers
- Silver cupcake liners
- Black ribbon
- Witchy fingers
- Craft jewels
- Small rocks
- Faux flowers
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Googly eyes
- Hex nuts
- Peel and stick bows
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Since we’re still waiting on actual snow, we had to test out our materials on the kitchen table. Engineer and I had fun planning a few ideas for snowmen, snow women, snow kids, and snow pets! As you can see, there are endless possibilities with the DIY snowman kit. Once we were done with the materials, we put them in baggies and placed them inside a snowman gift bag. Now if it would just snow! Once it does, I’ll be sure to share photos of the kit in use outside!
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As the week progresses, please be sure to stop by my “All Things Kids” buddies to see their fun activities!
Snowball Painting and Train Play from All Done Monkey
Mitten Cookie Cutter Stamping from House of Burke
Snowy Paper Bag Tree from Crayon Box Chronicles
Just a Snowman Book and Activity from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Tina of Mamas Like Me
Colleen of Sugar Aunts
Below is the link up! If you have a site and would like to share a winter book inspired activity or craft, go for it! I would love to see your posts. If you’re not, stop on by and check out the activities that will be shared throughout the week!!
Preschool Snowman Lesson Plans
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for classroom teachers and home preschool families so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas, book suggestions, and the following printables:
- Measure the Snowman Activity
- Roll a Snowman Game
- A to Z Build a Snowman Activity (focusing on uppercase, lowercase, and beginning sounds)
- Snowman Pattern Cards
- Roll and Cover Snowman Math Game Boards (numbers 1 to 12)
- 1-20 Snowman Counting Mats
- My Snowman Emergent Reader
- 0-35 Snowman Counting and Calendar Number Cards
Get your snowman themed lesson plans: