Need something simple to keep the kids entertained during the colder months? This easy snowman craft is perfect for practising scissor skills and fine motor skills too and can be adapted for different ages.
This mosaic snowman craft is one that I’ve made with my daughter so I know that it’s kid-friendly and I’ve now updated this craft with details of our snowman template to make this even easier for you to create with your child as well of course as a step by step tutorial to help you make it.
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This cute little snowman craft is one that I made with my daughter who was six years old at the time – mine is on the dark blue while hers is light blue, although I’m hoping you can tell?!
We’ve made mosaic crafts before – this mosaic heart was made when she was at preschool if you want to check out what the rough difference is in ability by age.
I like to think that this is one of those winter or Christmas crafts that could be made by your whole family if you wanted. Older kids (and grown ups!) will make this more neatly,preschoolers can definitely give it a go and as long as you pop the glue on the snowman area then toddlers can sprinkle the cut paper on to the snowman shape. Something my kids used to love as toddlers!
The nice thing as well about making any kind of snow craft is that it doesn’t really matter too much if any of your snow is out of place, after all non of us can control exactly where you snow will fall!
Fun Ways to Teach Scissor Skills
Scissor skills are one of those essential things that kids need to learn and it’s great for kids to try out some easy scissor skills activities but my kids have always found the thought of following a dotted line on a worksheet really boring and to be honest I can’t say I blame them (sorry!)
I’m not a teacher but as a parent over the years there’s loads of things I’ve tried to help my kids with, as all of us do. Rather sitting down and doing worksheets we try to build learning and skills into crafts where we can – although there’s obviously a big benefit to for just making for the sake of making and having fun!
One of my kids favourite scissor skills activities are these paper bag haircuts which is a great way to start just snipping away at things.
Snowman Craft Template
Since we originally made this craft I’ve shared a free snowman template which would be perfect for making this craft, especially if you are making it with a group.
You can print as many copies as you like and we’ve shared lots of ides for other activities to do with it too.
Mosaic Snowman Craft
- Bowl or plate for holding the white paper
- Coloured card
- White paper
- Coloured paper or card for eyes, mouth, arms and scarf.
- From white paper cut out shapes that you will use to fill the snowmans body. This is a great way to practice scissor skills and you can also talk about what shapes and sizes you are cutting as you do so. Will you make squares, rectangles or triangles?
- As you cut the paper put it into a bowl or on a plate so it doesn't end up making (too much!) of a mess. This would also be a good way to use up any scrap paper that you have.
- Take a piece of coloured card and draw an outline of a snowman on it - one large circle and a smaller one on top.
- 'Colour in' the two circles with your glue so that the snowman's body is covered with glue.
- Place the white bits of paper all over the snowman's body, leaving a small gap if possible between each piece to form a mosaic design.
- From brown paper or card cut out two long rectangles to form the snowman's arms and glue these into place.
- Make a scarf for your snowman by cutting out three thin rectangles and gluing these onto your snowman.
- Cut circles from black paper to make the eyes and mouth and a triangle from orange paper to make the snowman's nose and glue these on.
Ways to Adapt This Activity
As you can see from my daughter’s craft not every snowman will look exactly the same, this of course is how it should be as creativity, fun and your child’s abilities are always the most important things!
Some ways that you can adapt this craft to suit your child’s interests and abilities are:
- Cut out larger shapes as these can be easier to pick up and fill the snowman with quicker
- Make different clothes for your snowman, leaving more room at the top of the card would give room for a top hat.
- For toddlers you could draw the shape of the snowman on the card for them but let them put the cut pieces of paper wherever they like on the snowman’s body. This obviously won’t be so much of a mosaic but will still give a snowman shape once you shake off any excess.
- Use buttons for the eyes or to put on the snowman’s body instead of adding a scarf. It goes without saying that if you are using small materials such as buttons then you will need to supervise your child due to the choking risk.
Snowman Books for Kids
I think it’s a great idea to share a story together that’s themed around what you are making and when it’s cold outside it’s even nicer to snuggle up in the warm together and read! Our favourite snowman book is probably The Snowman by Raymond Briggs which is an all year favourite here but there are loads of snowman themed books to try out.
More Snowman Crafts for Kids
This pom-pom snowman craft is a great way to make some winter art.
Enjoying using the scissors? This paper plate snowman craft gets you to practice cutting a spiral shape and makes a fun decoration too.
Grab the tissue paper and make this easy peasy scrunched paper snowman craft.