Snowman Mirror Invitation to Play for Preschoolers

Jan 12, 2015

One of our favorite winter activities to do as a family is to build a snowman. However, there are too many days during our Saskatchewan winters that are simply just too cold to go outside. Today for instance was a delightful -48ºC when I woke up! Sometimes we have to improvise and bring the winter activities indoors. Here's an open-ended invitation to play that is inspired by snowman building. It's a simple way to work on fine motor skills, counting, writing skills, and even body parts, while avoiding the cold temperatures outdoors.

For this snowman invitation to play, we used:

• mirror
• dry-erase marker
• buttons
• foam snowflakes

I simply drew a snowman shape on the mirror using the dry erase marker and presented it to my oldest son (my youngest was taking part in one of those rare events called a nap). You could even try adding twigs, cotton balls or even googly eyes to this activity. The idea is to offer open-ended loose parts to encourage creative exploration.

The first thing that five-year-old J decided to do was draw arms. Twigs would be perfect for this part.

He then used the buttons as buttons on the upper body and to create eyes and a mouth.

Then J declared that, "It needs a carrot nose!" So he drew a big, fat carrot nose.

Every snowman needs to be surrounded by snow, so J added details like snow on the ground and falling snowflakes.

J wanted to make a new snowman, so he created another cute, skinny snowman.

What kind of snowman will your child create?

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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