Actually, no. Not really. I would much prefer staying inside when it is freezing out. I know going outside and getting fresh air is good for you. But I’d rather curl up hygge style with a book under a blanket.
I do like snowmen. Well indoor snowmen. Snowman cookies, snowman ornaments and books about snowmen! Those are all pretty cool, no pun intended.
You can make many different kinds of snowman cookies. The easiest would be standard sugar cookies with your favorite recipe. Roll out the dough, use a snowman cookie cutter, bake and frost.
But one of our favorites are melting snowman cookies. They are fun to make and easy to put together. They are perfect for any climate. You can live in the warmer southern states and they are appropriate. You can live in the dynamic 25 degree one day, 55 degrees the next New England area or anywhere in between.
All you need is a cookie, preferably on the larger size. Sugar, chocolate chip, literally any will do. Next you need some white frosting and a large marshmallow. Squirt or spread the white frosting into an irregular puddle shape and stick half of a large marshmallow on top. Now take some of those gel writing frostings and decorate the snowman faces and scarves.
*(We have actually made these in July before, as melting summer snowman cookies, but they can be used for warm winter day cookies too. Or “Frosty in the green house” cookies by Professor Hinkle…)
The shape of an “unmelted” snowman is rather easy to construct. It is pretty much a couple of circles stacked on top of one another. There are tons of ways to create snowman themed crafts with cotton balls, white paper plates of various sizes or simply using white paint on construction paper. I’m sure you probably have most of the materials already in your homeschool arts and crafts stash already!
But one of our favorites are “fence post snowmen”. These will take a bit more work that gluing some cotton balls to a paper plate, but are also much more permanent. Some of the examples you will find vary in height and complexity which offers some great flexibility with your creation. What is also great about a fence post snowman, once you create the base body you can customize its appearance every year. Did an arm break in storage? Go outside and find another stick. Bored with the scarf and hat? Swap them out!
If you look up “fence post snowman” on Google, you will see tons of different variations of these, ranging in size and construction materials. but they are all pretty neat, and won’t melt when you bring them inside.
Sure, you can go outside and build a standard, run of the mill snowman… or you could get creative a build a Calvin and Hobbs inspired snowman graveyard! But one of our favorites was a picture we found online several years back of a mini snowball snowman army!
Regular snowmen can be pretty labor intensive. Rolling those huge snowman sections out, lifting them into place… but anyone can handle making a snowball. Or a hundred.
Come on. You know you want to do this now. We have made a much smaller scale version of this before on our back deck. But when you have seemingly unlimited amounts of snow available – like we always do up here in New England, sometimes we get a little crazy!
We currently have this little guy perched in the tree outside our front window. At least until he melts. You may recognize him from this blog post’s title picture. Perhaps some of his friends will soon gather in the general vicinity…
Of course, no blog post will be complete with out a selections of books! Here is a list of our favorite snowman books!
The Snowman – This wordless picture book is a winter time classic. The cartoon is beautiful to watch, but the picture book, imagining what happens when a snowman comes to life, is just pure joy.
Snowmen at Night – This adorable picture book imagines what snowmen do at night while everyone else is sleeping.
If Picasso Painted a Snowman – if you are looking to add more art appreciation to your studies, this books is a lot of fun! It begins with the premise that not everyone draws the same thing the same way – in this case, a snowman!
All You Need for a Snowman – This sweet story, with short and rhythmic text is perfect for the littlest readers. What do you need to make a snowman? The story will inspire your child to create their own snowman – either outdoors or with art!
Another great thing about snowmen, is they are “winter” decorations. So technically you can display them from November to March without the holiday police yelling at you for decorating for Christmas too early. Or leaving the decorations up too long.
Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 17 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.
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