Bringing the Outdoors In: Making Mini Snow People

A winter craft that will melt your heart

If you've read any of my other articles here at EcoParent you'll know that I am a huge proponent of kids spending time outdoors. Whether that means time in the backyard, the park down the street, a farm, or wildnerness area, I'm a true believer in the benefits  to kids and to our planet  of connecting with nature. That said, there are days here in frosty Winnipeg, Manitoba where the gauge dips down below -30 C (which can mean -40 C with the windchill!). There are very few days when we don't send our littles outside – even if for only 15 minutes at a time – yet on those -40 days it is always nice to have some ideas in mind for how to bring the outdoors in. A mini snow person station is one of those ideas!

Set up your station:

Before inviting your kiddos to create some cool little snow people, grab the following items and set them out...

  • Bin or bowl of fresh snow – avoid chunks and icy parts
  • A variety of round scoops such as tablespoons, melon ballers, measuring cups, ice cream scoops
  • A tray to catch the water as the snow melts
  • Embellishments to decorate the snow people – things like sticks, acorn caps, pine cones, buttons, string (and scissors to cut the string)
  • Optional: water colour paints and brushes 

Bring out the watercolour paints to add some life to your snow people

Get crafting!

If you've ever made an outdoor snow person, making these mini snow folks will be intuitive. Here are the steps:

  1. Use the scoops to make the snow person's body, going from larger to smaller scoops.
  2. Once you have a body, decorate your snow person to give them arms, a face, maybe a scarf and whatever else your littles dream up.
  3. Optional: Add watercolour paint to your snow person – do this in addition to step 2 or skip step 2 and make a tye-dyed style snow person!

For your very yougest who might not enjoy or be ready for the mini snow people, try setting up a slightly larger rubbermaid sensory snow bin for them with snow, scoops, little animals, characters and more. Lay a towel or two under and around the bin for easy clean up! Enjoy! 

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