Winter Activities for Kids: A Snowman Factory

Having some winter activities for kids on hand can be great on those snowy or rainy days. Here’s one of our favorites using homemade playdough ~ a snowman factory! Children will have a blast creating all kinds of playdough snowmen!

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The Snowman Factory Invitation to Create (with Homemade Playdough)~ Buggy and Buddy

I thought the kids would have tons of fun creating their own snowmen out of playdough! At the risk of Theo (who has never seen real snow before) thinking this is what real snowmen are like, I got busy gathering the materials for this fun winter invitation to create! (This post contains affiliate links.)

Snowman Factory with Homemade Playdough

You’ll want to start by making your own homemade playdough. (Here’s our favorite recipe for homemade playdough.) For this activity we left the playdough white and added a bunch on white glitter to the finished dough to make it sparkly!

Setting Up the Snowman Playdough Activity

After making the playdough, I gathered materials that could be used to decorate our snowmen. I found some google eyes in my crafting supplies. I also found some ribbon that I cut into small strips to use as scarves.  And of course our snowmen would need arms, so Theo and I went hunting for twigs in our backyard and added our findings to the supplies.

While Theo was napping and Lucy was at school, I set up our playdough and materials onto a small table.

The Snowman Factory Invitation to Create (with Homemade Playdough)~ Buggy and Buddy

I created a Snowman Factory sign and hung it on the wall to bring our snowman factory to life! (Although this is definitely not necessary, it did add to the fun! Here’s a link to print out your own free Snowman Factory Sign!)

Snowman Factory Sign Free Printable


I also made my own snowman and placed him right near the supplies to serve as inspiration for the kids.

The Snowman Factory Invitation to Create (with Homemade Playdough)~ Buggy and Buddy

 Playing with the Snowman Factory

Once Theo was up and Lucy got home from school, we were ready to begin creating!

The Snowman Factory Invitation to Create (with Homemade Playdough)~ Buggy and Buddy


Lucy began by rolling her balls to create her snowman, while Theo just went right for adding materials to his lump of snow dough!

Snowman Factory Invitation to Create~ Buggy and Buddy


Later Theo asked me to help him roll balls, so we created a snowman together for him to decorate. Here’s his finished snowman!

The Snowman Factory Invitation to Create (with Homemade Playdough)~ Buggy and Buddy

And Lucy was very proud of her playdough snowman too!

Snowman Factory Invitation to Create~ Buggy and Buddy


Later she decided to add some ribbon. Instead of using it as a scarf like I did, she used hers to decorate the bottom of her snowman.

Snowman Factory Invitation to Create~ Buggy and BuddyThe kids had a blast making their snowmen at the snowman factory! I’m sure we’ll be doing this winter activity many more times in the future!


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  1. Awesome and simple! We will be doing this today after reading Snowman, by Richard briggs

  2. They’re adorable. Love them!

  3. Oh my. Lucy’s snowman might just be the cutest snowman ever.

  4. What an adorable idea!

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  5. Thank you so much for this idea! We tried it today because my little girl was sick and needed a fun activity. I posted about it on my blog (and linked to your site). Thank you so much for helping our morning be FUN!

  6. I love this! We are having Snow Week this week since we got our first flurries of the season (and more in the forecast). We did something similar, but I would have never thought to make it a station like this. Adding this to my Snow Play Pinterest board 🙂

  7. These are so cute! And I love the idea of calling this a snowman factory! Lucy’s snowman is adorable! Pinned…

  8. katie warren says:

    love this. we are having trouble getting the items to stay in playdough. did you just push it in or did you glue?

    • I’m sorry you’re having trouble, Katie. We just pushed out items into the playdough, and they stayed without a problem. Are you using the homemade playdough?

  9. Kari Johnson says:

    Great idea! I am going to be using this for my daughter’s Frozen themed Birthday party with a “do you want to build a snowman” sign!

  10. That’s next weeks craft sorted then! So lovely to find this space and thank you for making everything so easily available.


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