DIY Play-doh snowman!
I’m excited to break out all of my snowman themed activities for when I return to work after the holidays. We made play-doh snowman kits for my daughter’s classmates for Christmas last year and she and her friends really enjoyed them! (Don’t give me too much credit- she only has 10 kids in her class) Of course I had to bring some for my work kiddos too!
Making play-doh snowmen works on motor skills while helping children to understand many cognitive concepts. It’s a great way to teach them where body parts are in relation to other body parts. It’s also a great opportunity to introduce and/or reinforce the concepts of “big and small” as well as “top, middle and bottom” which are super important when they begin learning to write letters. Rolling the play-doh is great for little hands and placing all of those small little pieces in hard fine motor work. Pushing pieces into the play-doh also works on force grading because they will have to push hard enough to make them stay but not so hard that it falls over or gets lost in the snowman!
We used a basic play-doh recipe (no food coloring) and added glitter “snow” for extra pizzazz. I found tiny buttons and small black pony beads for “coals” at Michael’s. We used craft foam for the hat and carrot nose (I thought about orange pipe cleaner, but was worried it would poke my little people), google eyes, strips of felt for the scarves and sticks from the great outdoors.
There are so many things you could use to make these little guys. Be creative and let your kiddos brainstorm with you! I would love to see your version of a play-doh snowman if you give this one a try!