How to set up a fun and meaningful winter activity for preschoolers using a name snowman. Be sure to grab your free printable version of this activity at the bottom of the post.
Working with 4 and 5 year old children, I tend to use names a ton in my teaching. I find it fun to create new ways for children to have fun learning their names, their friends’ names, the letters and sounds in their names, etc.
With a snowy theme for winter, I knew I wanted to do something with snowmen and names. Combining arts and crafts, letters, children’s names, and snowmen is a perfect winter activity for preschoolers to try.
Related: Free Printable Snowman Game
The Name Snowman is a Simple and Fun Winter Activity
This name snowman craft turned out to be a blast for everyone involved – the kiddos, me, and the other teachers!
Listening as the children worked to create snowmen from their names made me smile!
Materials to Make a Name Snowman Craft
- various colors of construction paper
- wiggly eyes
- stick-on eyes
- craft jewels
- wide variety of pom poms
We started with some pre-cut circles out of white construction paper, and some of the children cut their own out as well. They were all about 3 to 4 inches across. I also traced some hat shapes on different color papers.
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How the children made their name snowmen
When the children sat down at my table during centers, I explained the plan. Each letter in their first names would have its own “snowball” (white paper circle). The face of the name snowman would also get one snowball.
Each child created his snowman’s face and hat first, and there was a lot of creativity at play! We had upside-down hats, wiggly eyes on hats, huge button noses, and so many more interesting creations. It’s always nice to see each child’s personality and individuality come across in activities like this.
Once the snowmen faces and hats were complete, I had each child write the letters in her name on “snowballs”. The kiddos did a wonderful job writing just one letter on each circle.
Only 1 or 2 children needed help putting the letters in the correct order or writing certain letters.
Winter activity for preschoolers with a fun focus on literacy
Then it was on to assembling the name snowman. The kids stacked the letters in their names, then added the snowmen’s heads on top. They all turned out even cuter than I thought they would!
In addition to the fun, creative side of this project, the children touched on many valuable educational tidbits:
- The letters need to be in the correct order to form their names. “Where’d my ‘e’ go? I can’t spell my name without the ‘e’!”
- Some children have longer names than others. “Hey, your snowman is taller than mine! How many letters are in YOUR name?”
- There are some commonalities within the children’s names. “My name ends in ‘-er’ just like his name!”
- Capital letters versus lowercase letters. We discussed this as the children were writing their names, but the kiddos didn’t always apply it correctly while writing (and that’s okay).
- Letter formation. There was much discussion about the different ways we form the letters of the alphabet.
The extra circles were set out during center time so the kiddos could make even more snowmen, with and without their names. Have you ever made a name snowman with your students?
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Free Printable Name Snowman Activity
As I mentioned above, I’ve also created a printable version of this activity. I definitely think the hands-on crafty version is worth doing with the kids. But having a printable name snowman could be used a few additional ways!
Materials for the Printable Name Snowman
Name snowman printable (grab the printable at the end of this post)
Prepping the Printable Version
Once you have your printable name snowman, open up the file in Adobe Reader. It’s an editable printable – this means you can change it before printing it, so that each child has a customized name snowman.
Bring your cursor to the snowman’s hat. Highlight where it says “name” and type in the name of the child. Then go to the snowballs. Highlight the letters there and replace them with the individual letters in the child’s name.
Next, print out the pages that you will be using.
Cut the pieces apart. You’ll likely want to laminate the pieces, unless you plan to have the kids write on each individual snowball.
How to Use the Printable Name Snowman
There are a few different ways you can use this. It all really depends on what you’d like to do with the kids. Here are a few suggestions:
- Make each child a name snowman baggie. This baggie will contain the individual pieces of the snowman. Have the kids assemble their snowman during centers or small groups.
- Combine the name snowman craft with the printable version. Let the kids design the hats for their snowman, but use the printable snowballs with the individual letters on them.
- Print out the snowman’s head and hat (with the kid’s name on it), but keep the snowballs blank. Let the kids write their letters out before assembling the snowmen.
- Turn the snowmen into a math graph, comparing the number of letters in their names.
There are really so many ways you can use this printable!
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.
- 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:
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