Winter Fun: Put Together a Snowman Kit

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The following was written by editor Kara Fleck.

Thanks to a snowy winter so far, this has been the season of the snowman at the Fleck house.  Not every snowfall has produced ideal snowman making conditions, but when that special “packing” snow hits, it is a safe bet that the kids and I will be outside creating.

It has become a tradition that orphaned mittens and gloves and outgrown hats become part of our family’s Snowman Kit: a collection of props that are dedicated to snow people creations.  My kids will tell you that extra large colored buttons are essential components of the snowman kit, too.

With our kit, the addition of some sticks for arms, and the fresh snow outside, we’re all set for snowman building fun!

Here are some ideas for putting together your own snowman kit:

The Basic Snowman Kit

  • orphaned mittens, gloves
  • large buttons
  • hats (knit caps, baseball caps)
  • scarves

Just add fresh carrots for noses and you’re all set.

Beyond the Basics

If you would like to take things above and beyond, and get a little silly, here are some other suggestions for a kit that goes beyond the basics:

  • costume jewelry
  • fancy hats (the thrift store is a good source for these)
  • old swimsuits
  • wax lips (picked up around Halloween)
  • sunglasses

Having a Snowman Kit on hand means that when the right kind of snow hits and conditions are perfect for creating, our family is ready to play!

What suggestions do you have for a snowman building kit?

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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Comments

  1. The costume jewelry idea is great–my two year old will love that. We’ll have to use some. Here are some things I can think of (though I’ve never used them):

    **Old Halloween wigs

    **Large, unshelled nuts like walnuts

    **Old shoes like too-small kid shoes, worn out sneakers, flip flops, etc. (or waterproof shoes like crocs)

    **Accessories like brooms

    This is making me super excited for snowmen. I can’t wait until we have the right kind of snow. So far it’s not been building snow.
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  2. oo I totally need to put one of these together! Hopefully we get a snow big enough to make a snowman!
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  3. What adorable snowmen. Building snowmen and igloos and having snowball fights are all part of childhood. Thanks for sharing the kit idea! Here’s a link to my snow angels and snowmen:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rp7xg0KWsY hope you enjoy!

  4. What fun! We like to make “snow beasts” too — snow creatures with multiple heads, horns and so on. :)

    A friend also gave us a wooden snowman kit one year that has gotten tons of use. It has funny eyes, glasses and all sorts of props. We certainly have enough snow right now to make up a billion of them!
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  5. What a great idea! The last time we made a snowman it took us longer to find accessories for him than it did to make him.
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  6. no snow here- but I love the idea of old wigs!
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  7. What a great idea – a snowman building kit makes it less likely we’ll miss the moment! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow
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