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Ideal Age Range:
4 – 8 (but you can adapt this for younger kids too)
Low – Medium
Gather twigs on a walk ahead of time. Prep for this will be < 5 minutes – simply gather materials and put a cover on the table. If you have younger children, you may want to prep more in advance so that they can quickly help you put the pieces together.
For this project you can use Sculpey Clay (linked above) or you can use this simple dough recipe. If you don’t have any Sculpey Clay, you can take a small portion of this dough and color it orange (with food coloring or with paint once it is baked).
Our project created a 3″ H snowman from one package of Sculpey Clay. Feel free to make yours smaller or larger. (Smaller children may have an easier time making a slightly larger snowman.)
Simple Dough Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 TBSP vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup water
Combine clay recipe ingredients in a large mixing bowl – USE YOUR HANDS TO MIX THE INGREDIENTS – this is great fun and for building hand muscles for your kids!
TIP: additional water may be required but add a little at a time until you have a soft ball of clay (too much water will create a sticky mess!) Once the snowman project is done, bake it at 250 degrees for an hour.
- Create 3 rolled balls of clay: Large, medium, small as pictured – remember, they do not have to be perfect! (this is a great lesson for learning about ‘small, medium, and large’ sizes)
- Use large ball as the base and make sure it is firmly placed on your worktable so that snowman will stand on it’s own – place medium sized ball on top of large (slightly push together to assure adhesion) – place small ball on top for the snowman’s head – (also push together to assure adhesion)
- If you have orange clay, you can create a small carrot shape and stick onto the face of the snowman. Otherwise, create a carrot shape out of either clay and paint it once baked.
- If you are using home made clay recipe you can make enough dough to add the nose, eyes, mouth and buttons as well! (If not, we’ll add those with marker below)
- Create holes on either side of the snowman to fit the twigs in as the snowman’s’ arms – using a pencil point is an easy way or the end of the twigs as well.
- Place in the oven (without the twigs!) and follow package instructions for Sculpey Clay (home-made clay recipe to be baked for an hour at 250 degrees).
- LET COOL!!! Use a Black Sharpie to create eyes, mouth, and buttons as pictured (you can use googly eyes).
- Create Scarf: cut a piece of fabric that can be tied around the neck – cut small slits onto each end to create fringe for the scarf (as pictured). Tie around the neck of the snowman.
- Any fabric scrap that you have at home will work for this, it doesn’t have to be anything special.
- Place twigs into created holes for arms – you can add glue for stability.
- (Optional) Paint snowman with light colored glitter to add some sparkle!
- You can use glitter paint. If you prefer to use fine white glitter, dilute a little glue with water and paint that onto the clay before shaking the glue onto the snowman.
Tag us @givethekidssomethingtodo and show us your snowmen!
If you want to pin this project, please use the image below.