Indoor Snowman Decorating Play Set

This is the final post in our Winter Play Days series with Nothing if Not Intentional, Fun-A-Day!, Play Trains!, My Nearest and Dearest, and Buggy and Buddy . As I mentioned in our winter play dough post, the girls are eagerly awaiting the day they get to see snow for the first time. In the meantime we made this easy snowman decorating play set so they could have fun decorating their own indoor snowman…without all the cold!

Indoor Snowman Decorating Play Set...fine motor fun for toddlers and preschoolers

The play set was quick and easy to make, and all the kids here have had fun coming up with cute little snowman creations. And I just might have had a little fun decorating the first couple of snowmen…just to make sure the activity was going to work, of course! 😉 Mr. Snowman’s mustache always makes the girls giggle.

Snowman Decorating Activity

You’ll only need a few supplies to make your own indoor snowman play set.

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  • Coffee-mate creamer bottle (emptied, cleaned, and dried)
  • Rolled gauze
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Assorted colors of felt
  • Scissors

Snowman Decorating Kit

To make the snowman, I wrapped rolled gauze around an empty Coffee-mate creamer bottle. To keep the gauze from coming off I hot glued the end of the roll.

I grabbed some of the pieces from our gingerbread felt set to give me a head start in materials for decorating the snowman. Then I cut a few extra sets of facial features, buttons, and winter apparel. If you have  any scrap pieces of felt around, then those are great to use for this type of project. You don’t need full sheets unless you are making multiple snowmen.

Winter Activities for Toddlers...Decorate a Snowman

Lovey enjoyed decorating the snowman a few times, but by far this was a bigger hit with the toddlers in the house. Tinker especially loved decorating the snowman over and over again. Picking up and placing those small felt pieces is great for fine motor practice.

Winter Fine Motor Play for Kids....Snowman Decorating

Although she usually started by placing facial features and such in the usual places, by the end she had to use every piece to decorate her snowman. And I just loved watching her sit back to marvel at her masterpiece each time.

Snowman Decorating Activity for Toddlers

There are many great books about snowmen that you could read to go along with this activity. Some of my favorites are in the Amazon widget below.


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Visit the other sites participating in the Winter Play Days series to find more fun ways to play.

Nothing if Not Intentional


Play Trains!

My Nearest and Dearest

Buggy and Buddy

Previous Posts in this Series

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Penguin Salt Tray...winter sensory fun for kids

Sparkly Winter Play Dough

Winter Play Dough Materials

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  1. Great idea to wrap the creamer bottle in gauze. We’ve been making snowmen with makeup remover pads but this looks like a lot more fun.

  2. Fantastic idea! I like the gauze implementation. Thanks for linking up with Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you this week at Crystal’s Tiny Treasures.

  3. I seriously LOVE this craft and now need to totally drink a whole pot of coffee so I can finish off my Coffee Mate!! I am so glad to have met you via our SITS tribe today!

  4. This is the cutest idea ever! And I just so happen to have a coffee creamer container about empty. 🙂 I’ll get the other supplies this week and put it together for my 3 yr old to play with. Thanks!

    Stopping by from I Can Teach My Child linky.

  5. Genius! What a great way to recycle, too!

  6. This is adorable, Shaunna!!

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