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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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.
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!)
I also made my own snowman and placed him right near the supplies to serve as inspiration for the kids.
Playing with the Snowman Factory
Once Theo was up and Lucy got home from school, we were ready to begin creating!
Lucy began by rolling her balls to create her snowman, while Theo just went right for adding materials to his lump of snow dough!
Later Theo asked me to help him roll balls, so we created a snowman together for him to decorate. Here’s his finished snowman!
And Lucy was very proud of her playdough snowman too!
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.
The 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!