Even if you and your kids are in a warm climate, you can make snowmen this winter with play dough or floam. Here are a few ideas for adding some snowman parts to your little “frozen” creations.
First, I’m going to show you a great hack for making snowman eyes. Of course, you can use plain old buttons. I find, however, that plain old buttons just fall out of play dough or floam. This is how you solve that problem. Get yourself some brads and hot glue them to the back of the buttons. Tada! Now, kids can stick the buttons into play dough and they will stick. Note: I found that coloring the head of the brad with a black sharpie before gluing the buttons made the finished product look a little better. As you look through my pictures here, you might be able to spot the non-sharpified eyes.
The next snowman parts that you can make are carrot noses. To make mine, I sharpened the end of a dowel with a pencil sharpener. Using a handsaw I cut the dowel so that the nose would be about 1.5 inches or so long. I sanded down the point so that it wouldn’t be sharp and sanded down the evidence of my poor sawing technique. After preparing several noses, I painted them with orange acrylic craft paint.
To make the task of painting a bit easier and neater I stuck a pushpin into the bottom of each nose. The pushpin made a great little paint-free handle to use as I painted. I held the carrots upright in a blob of play dough as they dried.
Next, I added some scarves made from strips of colorful felt, I pruned some small branches from the crepe myrtle tree in front of my house so that the snowmen could have arms, and I dug out some black felt hats that I picked up at an after-Christmas clearance sale at a craft store a few years ago.
For a different sensory experience, you and your kids can also add snowman parts to floam.
When I was in the classroom we used floam with snowman parts, but the preschool never seemed to have enough white floam. Colored floam worked, but the snowmen always looked a little bit comical. My kiddo and I made the white floam pictured here using the same recipe that I used for my Halloween witches. I just didn’t add any food coloring to the mixture so that the finished product was a bright white. The homemade floam feels a bit more wet than the variety that you can buy, but it provides a nice sensory experience.
We used a piece of crumbly Styrofoam instead of polystyrene beads to make our floam. It created e a bit of a mess, but the mess swept up very easily with a vacuum…..much better than glitter 🙂 . The mixture seemed very watery at first but as I continued to mix the ingredients together with my hands it came together nicely…have faith.
And just like a real snowman, you can even make a snowman melt 🙂
I hope that a few of these ideas for snowman parts inspire you to make some snowmen with the kiddos in your life. Let me know how it goes. For additional snowman-themed craft and activity ideas, check out my Snowman board on Pinterest.
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