How to build a snowman – whatever the weather
Date: 03 Dec 2015
Do you wanna build a snowman? As a parent, it’s more than likely that you’ve heard that saying from Frozen quite a lot since the film was released. Snow is such an exciting part of winter, but we live in the UK where snow doesn’t always fall, and unlike Queen Elsa, we don’t have the power to make snow appear when we want it to.
So when there’s no snow outside, bring winter indoors and create your own snowman with your children. It’s simple and it’s a great way to keep them entertained on a winter’s day – while encouraging them to use their imagination.
When it’s snowing outside:
First of all make sure your little one is wrapped up warm – a hat that covers their ears, gloves, a scarf, a warm jacket, warm socks and waterproof shoes. Don’t forget the carrot stick for the nose, olives/raisins/stones or buttons for the eyes and mouth, sticks for the snowman’s arms and a scarf and hat to keep him warm. Make a list of what you need to build the snowman beforehand and challenge your child to find the items by themselves.
Activity ideas: You could have a Best Snowman competition in the family, or a race to see who can make one the quickest. Alternatively, work together to create one big snowman that sits proudly in the garden.
Making your own snow inside
If it’s not snowing outside it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. Instead, you can make a snowman inside!
- Bicarbonate of soda or cornstarch
- Shaving foam (white)
- A large sheet or plastic mat to prevent mess
- A box to put the snow in
- Glitter (optional)
- A hat, scarf, eyes, nose and arms for the snowman
Method: Mix the bicarbonate of soda or cornstarch with the shaving foam and add in the glitter if you want to make sparkly snow. Put the snow in a plastic box and let your little one use their imagination and create their own snowman. For the snowman’s accessories you can use items that you’ve found around the house – such as a bottle top for his hat.
Your children will have hours of fun with this fake snow, creating snowmen and different snow scenes with their toys (try adding in some penguins or reindeers to really set the scene). When they’re finished playing, seal the box as you can use the snow for a couple of days.
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