Searching for an easy, versatile winter-themed craft for young children? Look no further! The Paper Plate Snowman (or Snow Woman) is the perfect simple craft that kids can make at home or in the classroom. If you frequently plan and do crafts with kids, you may have come across different variations of Paper Plate Snowmen in the past. I think what makes the Paper Plate Snowman so popular is that it's inexpensive, requires minimal prep work, is easy for children to create, and it lends itself well to the use of all sorts of art supplies and materials that you may have lying around the house or in the classroom.
My tot and I made our Paper Plate Snowman and Snow Woman using foam sheets (hats and mouths), fancy buttons (on bodies), felt (noses), stickers (eyes and snowman's hat decoration), lace (snow woman's collar), and tulle (scarves). I stapled the plates to secure them together, and we used regular school glue to adhere the decorations onto the plates.
I suggest deciding upon and preparing your materials prior to beginning the craft. This would include cutting out hats and scarves, putting small decorations in containers to minimize the chance of spills, and divvying up supplies (if you're working with a group of children). My daughter and I created our snowmen on a whim, so I ended up eyeballing the sizes of the hats and noses and drawing and cutting them out as we went along. If "flying by the seat of your pants" works better for you, go for it!
My tot and I enjoyed the quality time we spent together making our Paper Plate Snowmen, and she is already asking me if we can make a few more. Next time, I think we'll try using some felt and sponge paint as well as collecting sticks for arms.
Has your child ever made a Paper Plate Snowman? Which materials would you use with your children? Are there any craft supplies you would add to the craft supply list?