If you do a Google search, you will find a million and one snowman crafts. And there is a good reason…they are AWESOME! And this snowman chain craft is no different. As a matter of fact, it is a step above because it also allows your child to practice name writing skills. And if you stick around for a little while you are going to see that we will also be doing a little something special with this same snowman in the weeks to come. So…stay tuned!!!
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- White construction paper
- Glue stick
- Scrap of orange construction paper
- 2 Small googly eyes
Do you have a craft bag or a cart or a box in your house? Most of us do…and most of them have whatever we gather as we move through life. Lots of random yarns and broken crayons (which I love, by the way!), dried up markers, a kind of flea market of craft supplies. And that is okay! Really! You can create with anything! But, if you want to level up, I am here to help. Every craft on this blog is made from the same master list of supplies. That means that if you take a few minutes to fill up your bag using my free list, you will be ready to craft at a moment’s notice. That doesn’t mean that you always need to follow a “script”, but it might just make it a little easier for you to create together as a family. Let me know what you thing…
Step 1: Cut the strips of paper
- Use a straight edge (whatever you have on hand, like the side of the construction paper package or a ruler) to draw horizontal pencil lines for the paper strips. They should be approximately 1 1/2 inches apart. You can just eyeball this.
- Cut out the strips of paper. You should have enough strips for each letter of your first name plus one (for the head of the snowman)
This is a great activity for little ones who are learning to use scissors and are ready to move from just snipping across the paper to trying to stay on a line. To make it a little easier, trace over the pencil lines with a bold marker so that they are easier to cut. Help your child only as much as is absolutely needed. Be sure that you are teaching the that they are capable and not that they need things done for them. It doesn’t have to be perfect. We all learn best by trying (and often failing…that is okay).
Step 2: Name writing
- Write one letter of your first name in the middle of each strip of paper, right in the middle
- *For kids who are learning to write their name, write the name in dots or with a highlighter so that they can trace the name. This is a wonderful way to begin learning name writing. My preference is to begin by writing the name in all capitals, rather than in mixed case. Uppercase letters are easier to write and the best place to start. Once the name is mastered in uppercase, move on to writing in mixed case. In my world, we call that the “kindergarten” way.
Step 3: Make the snowman face
- First, cut a small triangle out of the orange construction paper for the snowman’s nose.
- Then, glue on the googly eyes and carrot nose.
- Last, draw the snowman’s mouth. And, please, make the face your own. Give him (or her) some personality!
Step 4: Glue it all together
- Starting with the bottom chain link, place some glue on the end of the strip of paper and secure it into a loop.
- Place glue on the end of the next strip of paper, feed it through the first link, and secure it in place.
- Repeat this process until your entire snowman chain is formed.