How To Make A Puffy Paint Snowman

How To Make A Puffy Paint Snowman

I love making puffy paint snowmen before Christmas, but it’s an activity/craft you can do anytime throughout the winter! It’s super easy and so much fun!

Below you will find everything you need for your Puffy Paint Snowman! This batch works best for about 2 kids max. If you have more doing the activity, just double, triple, and so on!

My son is almost 2 so we didn’t go above and beyond this year. We did the bare minimum but he still absolutely loved it. I added some fun add ons you can do with older ones too!

P.S. The shaving cream goes a long way. You could make a few batches with just 1 can. The glue is what you’ll use the most. A new bottle is needed for each new batch!

 

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What You Need To Make Puffy Paint:

2 Bottles of Elmer’s Glue

1 Can Shaving Cream

1 Mixing Bowl

1 Mixing Spoon

What You Need For The Rest Of The Activity:

1 Spoon (per child – I always use plastic)

1 Piece Of Blue or Black Construction Paper (per child – for the background)

1 Half Sheet of Black Construction Paper (per child – for the hat/eyes/buttons)

1 Half Sheet of Orange Construction Paper (per child – for the nose)

1 Brown Crayon

*1 Manilla Folder or Thicker Paper (this is used to create what the child will trace to get a snowman shape)

*1 Pencil

Fun Add Ons:

1 Set Of Googly Eyes (per child)

3 Buttons (per child)

1 Piece of Ribbon (per child – for scarf)

1 Half Sheet Brown Construction Paper (for arms) OR Real Twigs From Outside!

*When I taught Kindergarten, we always had them trace pre-cut stencils that we made so they had the shape of the snowman to follow as a guideline. You make them once and then you always have them. They are super helpful. If it’s not something you want to do, skip to the other directions! 🙂

 

How To Make Snowmen Stencils

Find 3 different size items in your hour that are circle shaped that you can trace. I found 3 seperate bowls. These will be your parts of the snowman. Make sure they range from small, medium, and large. Trace each one and cut. If you think you can free-hand the snowballs, go for it! On the day of the activity, your child(ren) can trace the “snowballs” on their paper for the guideline. If they are too young like my little guy, you can do it for them!

 

The moment you’ve all been waiting for… HOW TO ACTUALLY MAKE THESE GUYS!

  1. Dump your WHOLE bottle of glue into your mixing bowl. Slowly add shaving cream while constantly mixing. You should start seeing a puffy consistency. If you feel like you’ve added too much shaving cream, pour in some glue from your second bottle. Keep mixing and when you lift up your spoon and it holds a little firm without dripping into the bowl, almost like a meringue, you’re ready to paint!
  2. Kids can use their fingers to glop on the paint or for a less-messy version, they can use spoons. Make sure they aren’t rubbing it in. It should be poofy on the paper.
  3. Once they feel good about their snowman shape they can start adding his features.
  4. Use the black construction paper to cut out a hat and stick it right on the snowman’s head. The puffy paint will help it stick and stay.
  5. Use black construction paper to cut out eyes OR add your googly eyes!
  6. Use the orange construction paper to cut out a nose for the snowman and add it.
  7. Use the black construction paper to cut out buttons OR add real ones (how fun)
  8. Draw or add the snowmans arms any way you choose!
  9. Add any other fun add-ons!
  10. Let dry!

Do not hang up for a couple days. This guy has to lay flat for at least 24-48 hours before you hang him up or the paint will droop!

Need some inspiration?

Below are some of our favorite snowman books to read before doing this activity/craft! We hope you love your snowman and the books!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Winter!

 

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