Building a snowman is one of our favorite outdoor winter activities! My kids love naming, dressing, and singing along to the tune of Frozen’s “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” as we build outside. Sometimes however, the weather does not cooperate and we are forced to find free snowmen building activities to do inside. This Free Snowman Perler Beads Pattern For Kids is a wonderful way to bring the fun of snowman building inside the comfort of your home!
If you have never used perler beads before, don’t worry! They are simple to use and fun for kids of all ages.
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.
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!
What are the benefits of doing this activity?
Picking up the beads is also great for strengthening the pincer grasp, which is when the thumb and index finger work together to pick up an object!
Placing perler beads can be tedious, which requires patience and concentration. This makes for a great quiet time activity for children!
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.
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!
More Bead Ideas For Kids:
- Use your snowman fuse bead pattern to create a fun holiday coaster.
- Poke a hole in the top and thread a ribbon through for a cute ornament.
- Place a piece of magnetic tape on the back of your melty beads for a Christmas bead magnet gift.
- Try creating a jewelry bead craft! Thread the beads onto string for a fun bracelet or necklace!
- Use your perler beads for a fun color sorting activity !
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