One of the first things I think, EVERYTIME I hear the word snowman, is Anna and Elsa sing, “Do you want to build a snowman?” My kids are always so excited when they first see the snow coming down in anticipation of the snowmen or snow families they will build. Now me personally, I am more of a stay inside, keep warm and watch kind of mom, however with this free easy snowman craft we all can participate in snowmen fun. This Snowman Perler Beads Pattern For Kids is a wonderful way to bring the fun of snowman building inside the comfort of your home!

Snowman perler bead craft.

Recommended Grade Level:

Snowman Perler Bead Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Perler Beads
  • Parchment Paper
  • Iron
  • Scissors

Learning About Fine Motor Skills:

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If you or your child have never used perler beads before, don’t worry. They are simple, easy peasy and fun to use for kids (and adults) of all ages.

In addition to learning about fine motor skills, here are some more ideas for what you can teach about when making this snowman craft for kids:

  • Math concepts including counting, sorting, and patterns.
  • Language development
  • Self confidence and determination
  • Hand and eye coordination
Snowman perler bead craft.

What Can Preschoolers Learn When Being Creative?

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  • What other pictures do you think we could make?
  • Tell me three words that describe our project.
  • If we made this project again, would you do anything differently?
  • How can we make a pattern with the beads?

Why Is It Important For Kids To Be Creative With Fine Motor Skills?

Besides the fact that kids love arts and crafts projects, there are so many other reasons you should do art and craft activities with your child.

Develop a Child’s Creativity

Arts and crafts projects are a wonderful way to allow your child to show off their creative side.

Concentrating on Crafting

Placing perler beads can be tedious, which requires patience and concentration. This makes for a great quiet time activity for children!

Sorting the Snowman

With the many colors of beads needed to create the snowman pattern, children can sort by colors and identify which color has the most and the least.

Snowman perler bead craft.
Snowman perler bead craft with printable template.

How To Use The Snowman Pattern

snowman pattern with perler beads

How Do I Use Perler Beads?

Perler Beads (also known as fuse beads) are small plastic beads that can be fused together into a special shape, pattern, or design.  The beads are placed onto templates that look like small pegboards.  

Once the desired shape, pattern, or design has been arranged, the beads are melted together using the heat from an iron.

Free perler bead patterns for kids, like this one, make creating perler bead projects super easy!

The free patterns look very similar to cross stitch patterns. They are a pre-made perler bead design that you can use to create your project!

How To Use This Perler Beads Snowman Pattern:

Print out the snowman perler beads template onto computer paper or white cardstock.  Trim the image down so that it is small enough to tape onto the back of a perler bead pegboard.

Tape the snowman image onto the flat side of the pegboard so that when the pegboard is facing up you can see the image of the snowman.

Give your little one perler beads and have them sort them into piles according to color (a great color practice and fine motor skill activity!).

Tip! You may want to place the beads into small plastic cups or bowls so they don’t roll all over the place!

Have your child place the corresponding color bead over top of the image of the snowman.

Once the pegboard has been filled with beads to create the snowman image, it is time to use heat to fuse the image together.

Place a piece of parchment paper over the design.

Heat your iron to a medium dry heat.  Once it is ready, apply heat to the parchment paper using a slow, circular motion.  

The melting process can take about 10-30 seconds.  It is a good idea to check your design about every 5 seconds to make sure it is not getting too melted!

If desired, you can allow the design to cool and melt it on the other side as well.  It is just a matter of preference of how you want your design to look when it is finished!

Repeat the entire process to create more adorable perler bead snowmen!

Other Ways To Use The Perler Bead Snowman:

December Decorating

Poke a hole in the top of your craft and thread a ribbon through for a cute ornament.

Gift Giving

Place a piece of magnetic tape on the back of your melty beads for a Christmas bead magnet gift.

Coasting through Christmas

Use your snowman fuse bead pattern to create a fun holiday coaster.

Find even more engaging activities in the Life Over C’s shop!

Snowman perler bead template.
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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