Arts & Crafts

Cottonball Snowman

Cottonball Snowman
Photo by: Linda O

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Small motor skills are engaged while creating this fun seasonal art.

75 minutes
12 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • 1 piece Construction paper (Blue)
  • 1 bag Cotton balls
  • 1 Bowl and paintbrush for glue
  • 1 bottle Craft glue
  • 2 Pipe cleaners (or small sticks)
  • Construction paper (for nose, eyes and hat)
  • 1 pair Scissors


  1. Starting at the bottom of one sheet of blue construction paper, draw snow line.
  2. Above snow line, draw largest of three circles, which will be lower body of snowman.
  3. In the center, draw a medium-sized circle above lower body, to create space for middle body of snowman.
  4. Draw smallest circle, for snowman's head, above the medium circle.
  5. Spread glue (or paint glue on with brush) inside of each circle and along snow line.
  6. Attach cotton balls to the glue.
  7. Create arms from pipe cleaners or small sticks, and apply with glue.
  8. Create nose, eyes, hat and other embellishments from construction paper, and apply with glue.
  9. Allow to dry.
Pre-draw circles for younger children, and have construction paper embellishments pre-cut.
A diorama of several snowmen on a snowy landscape uses the same technique and allows for additional creativity.

Original Source

Linda O

Developmental skills