Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We had a BLAST this week with our S is for Snowman Week. This weeks was filled with snowman crafts, snowman activities, and snowman food perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and more!  An added bonus for us was that we got our first (real) snowfall for the season on Thursday!! So the kids got to play in the snow as part of our Snow/Snowman week – PERFECT!!!

S is for Snowman Week Ideas for Preschoolers

Mashed Potato Snowman Dinner

We had a make your own mashed potato snowman. It was so much fun! I scooped out the mashed potato balls on their plates. Then the kids got to decorate the snowman using foods I had on the table. Here are some of our creations – they tasted pretty yummy too! (It was a great way to get kids to load up on fun, healthy veggies!)
Mashed Potato Snowman DinnerMashed Potato Snowman DinnerMashed Potato Snowman Dinner

Snowman Marshmallow Activity

I loaded a bin with mini marshmallows & some big ones too. I included toothpicks (under supervision only) to make snowmen and snowflakes; the kids then used edible food markers to paint on their faces & accessories! I even included a snow plow truck to move the “snow” around! Goofy decided to make ‘buildings’ instead.  Then they got to eat some of their creations!
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Indoor "Snow" Winter Sensory Activity for Kids

It’s SNOWING!! We set up a scene using plastic characters & animals we had around (making sure they were washable!). Then I let them go crazy with shaving cream to make it ‘snow’ on them! They had so much fun squishing & giggling!! An added bonus is all our characters are nice & clean now!! (see more about this activity here)
Indoor Snowman Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

Sock Snowman Craft for kids

Didn’t they turn out too cute? They have become the kids preferred bedtime friends for the moment. (If you want a great set-by-step tutorial check out I Heart Crafty Things. )
Sock Snowman Craft for Kids

Snowman Math Visualization Activity 

This was a very simple, yet effective, preschool math activity. We made snowman using bingo markers and made each snowman one ball taller going from snowman 1-10 balls. They thought the super tall snowmen were so silly! Snowman Math for Preschoolers

Learning about Emotions with Snowmen 

We used white paper plates to make our emotional snowmen. We talked about emotions & then made snowmen that represented different emotions. We talked about how we all get mad sometime, the important thing is to not sin in our anger as the Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:26.
Teaching Preschoolers about Emotions with snowmen

Snowman Breakfast for Kids

We made two different snowman breakfasts during our Snowman week. First we made donut snowman and then we made a snowman out of eggs & cottage cheese. They were both a huge hit!
Breakfast Snowmen Food Fun for KidsBreakfast Snowmen Food Fun for Kids

Snowman Dessert for Kids

I cam eup with the idea to make Snowman Smores. I put them on a cookie sheet for about 5 minutes at 400 F. After they came out I plopped an orange M&M sideways for the nose & 2 black M&M eyes. They were perfectly goey & delicious!! My hubby & I topped it with another graham cracker & ate it as a smore!!
Snowmen Dessert for KidsSnowmen Dessert for Kids

Egg Shell Snowman Craft for Kids 

This project was a lot of fun to make and had such a cool texture. The kids thought it was hilarious to get to use eggs to make our snowmen! (I first saw this idea at Mama Mia Heart 2 Heart.)
Egg Shell Snowman Craft for Kids

Glue Snowman Craft for Kids 

This just might be my favorite snowman craft we made all week! These glue gnowman are easy and fun to make and make an adorable window decoration for winter. My kids loved making these. (here is our Glue Snowman Tutorial)
Glue Snowman Craft for Kids

Snowman Science Exploration for Kids

I froze some of their preschool figures in ice blocks. We then experimented with what made ice (or snow) melt. I really liked the book Sneezy the Snowman by Marueen Wright to go with this lesson. The book teaches kids several ways that snow melts in the context of a fun story.

As far as our snowman science experiment, I let the kids try whatever came to mind: blowing, sprinkles, ketchup, crushed red pepper, etc. We discovered that hot (in the form of cocoa, water, fire, room temp, microwave, etc) all worked. We also discovered that salt also melts ice and correlated to to why they put salt on our icy roads in the winter. It was a lot of Science fun!
Snowman Science Fun for Kids   Winter Science for Preschoolers
What melts ice lesson for PreschoolersWhat melts ice lesson for PreschoolersWinter Science for Preschoolers
Winter Science for PreschoolersWinter Science for Preschoolers

Easy Paper Snowman Craft

This is a super simple snowman craft for kids that is lots of fun. Just cut a circle out of a piece of white paper and then keep going round and round leaving a circle in the middle as the snowman’s face. The kids added a face, hat, and arms. TADA a cute hanging snowman.
Easy Paper Snowman Craft for KidsEasy Paper Snowman Craft for Kids

Snowman Worksheets for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Plus we did some fun worksheets from my {FREE} Snowman Preschool Pack. Here are some of our favorites:
Building words with Scrabble tilesRolling dice, counting dots, and stamping numbers
MazesTelling Time with FrostyCounting Snowman

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If you haven’t downloaded the snowman worksheets yet, make sure you grab the {FREE} Snowman Preschool Pack yet with 30 pages of learning fun for ages 2 -7 years old .

More Snowman Ideas

If you are still looking for more great snowman ideas, make sure you follow my Snowman Pinterest Board!

    Favorite Snowman Books for Kids

    Here are the books we read & loved while having fun with Snowman:

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    1. Oh my goodness, Beth, I love the mashed potatoes! What a cute idea. So nice to see a fun crafty snack that isn't a sweet one for a change. Looks like you all had a really fun week. ~Julie

    2. Wow what a whole lot of snow fun!!

    3. What fun you guys had!! I love the ice experiment :-)

    4. Wow! What an awesome week! I love it all! I especially love the emotion activity. I think I am about to do it right now as we are still doing snowman things this week too!

    5. So many fun snowman activities! We built snowmen out of marshmallows a few weeks ago too. :) Love the snowman food ideas!!

      Totally off topic, but my mom has the same plates as you! Too funny!

      Thanks so much for linking up at Thrifty Thursday, have a fantastic weekend!

    6. What great lessons and ideas!! I love it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

    7. This is a terrific unit. I especially loved a mashed potato snowmen with healthy toppings. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

    8. I love your "spin" on all these projects - makes me want to play!!! Fantastic week =) Stopping by from Afterschool.


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