Don’t you just love when you can grab a few things from around the house and create a cute little craft? This easy snowman craft is perfect for an unplanned snow day when you find yourself stuck inside with some squirrely little ones.
The Easy DIY Snowman Craft for Kindergarten and Preschool is an adorable, easy craft for kids. It requires a cardboard tube to create pressed-on circles, paint, and small bits of fleece or fabric for the scarf and hat. This snowman craft for preschool pairs well with a winter theme while giving the opportunity for fine motor development, creativity, and good old fashioned winter fun!
Winter Crafts for Kids
Typically, we’ve got Christmas crafts for kids coming out of our ears! When the holidays roll into winter, it’s not uncommon for that well of craft ideas to run a little dry like the needles on the Christmas tree.
It’s important to keep those winter craft projects coming because they provide so many benefits for children in primary grades. Crafts allow students to express their creativity in a lot of different ways.
On the surface, children’s crafts (be it winter, spring, summer, or fall), appear to be “cute,” or “colorful,” or “nice.” But, for preschoolers, crafting offers opportunities for fine muscle development, further understanding of math concepts like patterns, opportunities for oral language development and more.
Making a snowman craft can lead into (or culminate) the study of winter weather. Or, you could tie in science topics like melting/freezing/evaporating. When we can tie learning into winter activities and themes, the learning really comes to life for young children.
How to Make a Snowman with Toilet Paper Rolls
Cardboard roll (paper towel/toilet paper roll for snowman body)
Acrylic paint – white, black, orange, brown
Felt – assorted colors, black
- Cut the blue cardstock in half.
- Pour a thin layer of white paint into a shallow container
- Dip the end of the cardboard tube into the white paint. Make sure it is completely covered, but not too drippy.
- Press the tube onto the cardstock to make three circles on top of each other to form the snowman’s body.
- Pour small containers of the other paint colors (black, brown, orange)
- Use the end of the paintbrush to dip into the black to make small dots for eyes, mouth and buttons.
- Dip the end of the brush into the brown to create squiggly arms. Use the orange for a carrot-like nose.
- Then, dip back into the white to create dots of snow around the snowman.
- Finally, add color and texture by cutting a colorful scarf and a black hat from felt. Glue in place and let it dry!
*If desired, use a full sheet of blue cardstock to create a family for your toilet paper tube snowman!
Other Snowman Crafts for Kids
- Create a paper plate snowman, using three mini paper plates (or really whatever size you have available). Use real buttons, a paper carrot nose, spare ribbon or fleece for the hat and scarf.
- Paint jar lids white. Then, use a hot glue gun to attach two or three lids to create a snowman shape. Wrap pipe cleaners around it for the scarf. Add buttons, eyes, mouth and nose with black and orange paint.
- Glue two paper circles onto a background. Have children cover the circles with cotton balls to make a fluffy snowman. Decorate with buttons, craft stick arms, and a paper hat.
- White coffee filters provide a nice circular start to a snowman or snowflake craft for kids.
Planning for a Winter Theme? We’ve done all the work for you!
We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your WINTER THEME. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below: