Kids love to do hands-on projects. We can use that as an opportunity to reinforce a lot of important skills. This fun snowman project helps kids identify and describe shapes, practice counting and writing numbers, and hone their fine motor skills.
- colored construction paper
- hole punch
- felt (optional)
- craft items for the buttons and eyes (pom poms, round jewels, round stickers, etc)
- traceable circular objects
- Using the size of the construction paper “canvas” as a guide, help your child go on a circle hunt around the house for two objects that can be traced to make the body of the snowman. Use the words large and small to describe the circles. Option: Use three circular objects so that there is a small, medium, and large circle.
- Help your child trace the objects on white construction paper then have her cut them out and glue onto the canvas.
- Have your child use the hole punch and black construction paper to punch out circles for the mouth. Count them as she punches them out.
- Using orange construction paper or orange felt, draw a triangle for the nose and cut out. Talk about triangles having exactly three sides.
- Make a scarf out of construction paper or felt by cutting two long rectangles. Make small cuts on one end of each rectangle creating the fringe. Discuss rectangles: shapes that have exactly four sides and four corners that make an 'L' shape. (Note: squares are special rectangles that have sides all the same length.)
- Using brown construction paper, cut out rectangular “sticks” for the snowman arms.
- Cut out two rectangles for the hat using black construction paper or felt.
- Glue all the pieces to the snowman including the eyes and “buttons”. If you are using pom poms, describe them as 3-dimensional shapes we call spheres. (The 3-dimensions are length, width, and height.)
- Help your child count how many of each geometric shape was used in the snowman and record them.
Karyn is co-founder of Kidnexions, an educational company specializing in kids' money and elementary mathematics. She has a BA in Child Development, a Masters of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Elementary Mathematics, and a multiple subjects teaching credential. Her passion is designing real-world lessons that resonate with kids and their interests. Karyn is the creator of Nifty Numbers and Math Medley Family Math Night kits which were designed to build strong family-school partnerships and get parents involved on an academic level. She is currently working on her third Family Math Night kit. www.kidnexions.com