3+ (can be modified for younger ages)
- Large scissors (for mom)
- Child-safe scissors
- White construction paper
- Orange construction paper
- Blue/black construction paper (for background)
- Crayons, colored pencils, or fine tip markers
- Shape stencils
- Look at a model picture of a snowman and ask your child to describe the snowman’s body. Identify that the snowman’s body shape resembles three circles; one large one, one medium sized one, and one small one.
- Using the circle stencil, have your child trace one large circle, a medium sized circle, and a small circle with a pencil. Depending on your child’s scissor abilities, cut out the circles or have your child cut them out.
- Ask your child to place the circles in size order with the largest on the bottom. Help your child glue them on to the blue or black construction paper.
- Next, ask your child to describe the snowman’s face (round eyes, triangular carrot nose, etc). Use a colored pencil or marker to make the eyes and mouth.
- Use the smallest triangle stencil, to draw out the snowman’s nose and cut with your child. Glue the nose on.
- Ask your child to observe the snowman’s clothing accessories (scarf, buttons, hat, etc). You can use the construction paper to make the accessories or draw them in with markers or colored pencils.
- You can add snowflakes and hills of snow in the background using white colored pencils, glitter, cotton balls, etc.
And there you have it! I didn’t even realize what a great activity it was to review shapes and size order until we got into it. Layaan had a lot of fun with this activity, especially because she was able to practice her tracing, cutting, and glueing – things I used to have to do for her.
Muhammad got in on the action, too. It was a great activity to help reinforce the vocabulary word for circle in Arabic. And they both learned how to say snowman, رجل الثلج.
If you try this activity or any others, please do share your experiences in the comments below!