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Easy preschool snowman craft using mini marshmallows

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There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ideas out there for creating snowman art activities for preschool-aged children. Some require lots of planning and just as many materials. On the other hand, if the goal is to provide toddlers and preschoolers with a fun art activity that doesn't require much planning or materials, then a snowman made using mini marshmallows might be just the craft. It not only keeps messes to a minimum, it also provides children with practice using fine motor skills and tactile experiences that are necessary at the ages of 2 through 6.

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Materials and Supplies

  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Glue
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Buttons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Twigs

Each child should have their own piece of 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of construction paper or cardstock. On this sheet of paper will be three circles stacked on top of one another like a snowman. Allow children to cut a black top hat and an orange triangle from paper scraps or provide these items for them.

Allow children to glue two buttons on for eyes and a few buttons on for a mouth. Add the triangle so that it makes the snowman's nose. If buttons are desired down the snowman's body, add them at this time as well. It is easier to do these steps before adding the mini marshmallows so children won't have to reach "over" the marshmallow circles.

Begin dotting glue around one circle at a time and instruct preschoolers to place one mini marshmallow on each glue dot. By only doing one circle at a time, little hands and arms aren't going to get covered in glue and glue won't get smeared everywhere. When each circle is complete, add the hat and twig arms with glue.

If desired, add foil snowflakes with a dot of glue or provide stickers to children to decorate the background. The project is now complete and once they have dried can be displayed as a winter decoration!

This craft is especially fun for children who might not have the opportunity to make a snowman out of real snow.

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