Cotton Ball Snowmen

This activity is a favorite with preschoolers who can easily tackle the task with a little assistance; but it is also enjoyed by elementary school children as well who will have fun personalizing their snowmen.

Cotton Ball Snowmen

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age 3+
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  • Buttons, sequins, pom poms for Snowman's eyes and buttons
  • Cotton Balls
  • Felt, or colored card for Snowman's Hat
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Pipe cleaners for arms
  • Ribbon (for scarf)


    1. Before Beginning: Draw two circles, one on top of the other, on a piece of paper. These will become the Snowman's Head and Body. Then cut out a hat shape from card or felt.
    2. Paint inside the circles with glue.
    3. Press cotton balls onto the snowman until both circles are entirely filled.
    4. Using the ribbon, felt, pipe cleaners and other materials, create the snowman's features: hat, scarf, eyes, nose, and buttons.


    1. It is tempting to allow the children to dip the cotton balls into a bowl of glue before applying: this ends up a sticky mess! Much better to paint the paper first and then apply the cotton balls directly.


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    Useful supplies

    FILO AMERICA (KPP) Cotton Balls, Jumbo
    $6.55 Buy on Amazon
    Pepperell Pom Poms Pom Poms
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    Chenille Kraft CKC3904 One Pound Felt Sheet Pack, kindergarten Grade to 3 Grade
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    Creativity Street Big Box of Chenille Stems, 150-Count, Assorted Colors (AC5547)
    $8.99 Buy on Amazon
    Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count (E1324)
    $1.99 Buy on Amazon
    American Crafts Dot Grosgrain Ribbon Value Pack 24 1-Yard Spools, Color Set 1
    $19.99 Buy on Amazon
    PAPER COMPANY Cardstock Super Value Pack Asst, 8-1/2-Inch-by-11-Inch 200-Pack, Assorted, 18 Colors

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