Fun snowman crafts for kids can be as exciting as the first snowfall that allows them to build real snowmen. Though most kids enjoy going outside to play in the snow, sometimes you just want to stay warm. Keep the festive spirit by doing some crafts indoors. Kids of all ages can find something that they can easily do.
Staying inside doesn't mean that you have to give up playing with snow. Take a large pan or washing tub and fill it up about halfway with snow and bring it inside. Lay down towels or tarps to keep the area clean.
Once inside, kids can build miniature snowmen using real snow. Since these snowmen will be smaller than the type you build outside, you may want to use baby carrots and chocolate chips to create the nose and face. Keep in mind that, though it's warm inside, the snow is still cold. Kids may feel more comfortable wearing gloves while playing.
Very young children, such as toddlers, may not have the ability to do complex crafts. Creating a snowman from pieces is easy enough for any child to do. Prepare the craft by cutting out two or three white circles for the body, black circles for the eyes, mouth, and buttons, an orange triangle for the nose and any other accoutrements you might like, such as a hat or scarf.
Then, walk children through the steps of putting all the pieces together to create a snowman. Glue them using glue-sticks, which are easy for little hands to use.
Paper Mache Snowman
For some messy fun, try making a paper mache snowman. Blow up two balloons with one slightly smaller than the other. Tape the small one on top of the larger one. Mix flour, water and white glue together to create a paper mache mix. Have children tear newspaper into strips and dip it into the glue, then drape it over the balloons. Make sure that the balloons are completely covered.
After the paper mache snowman dries (usually in a day or two), the children can paint the snowman.
Sewed Felt Snowman
Older children can improve fine motor skills and concentration by sewing a felt snowman. Cut out the snowman pieces from felt, including two pieces for the body. Children should start by sewing the decorative items, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. After finishing this, place the two pieces of the snowman's body with right sides facing and have the child sew around the outside, leaving the bottom open. She can then turn it right-side out, stuff the body with filler, and sew it up.
A clay snowman can last for years to come. Children can either create a 3-dimensional snowman using the clay or they can roll the clay out and use cookie cutters to create flat versions. Once they've made their creations, follow the clay manufacturer's directions for drying the clay. These snowman crafts can also make good holiday presents, especially if you add a small hole for string after drying.