The Polystyrene Snowman

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It is crazy cold where we are. In the last week the temperature has plummeted and it is COLD. I mean sure it’s not Canada cold, but it’s gone down to freezing and most of us would rather be in then out. Though my Little Feet still have a week left of school, I know most schools in the South have already broken up. So if you have and you are needing some indoor entertainment, why not consider matching a Christmas film or book with a festive craft? We love doing this, it keeps the story alive and continues play after they’ve finished. For this one we matched The Snowman film with making a snowman.


What you need:

  • Polystyrene balls (two sizes)

  • Ice lolly sticks, x2

  • Cardboard Loo roll

  • Black pen

  • Prit stick

  • Paint/felt tip pens

  • Coloured paper/card

  • Fabric for a scarf


  1. Stick one of your lce lolly sticks into the bigger polystyrene ball. Now stick the smaller one into the sticking out ice lolly stick. You now have the body of the snowman! Easy!

  2. Draw on the eyes, mouth and buttons with your pen.

  3. If you have an orange ice lolly stick, snap it in half and use it for a nose. If you have a normal coloured one, using either orange paint/crayon/felt tip colour it in first. We happened to have an orange one lying around.

  4. Cut a cardboard loo roll in half.

  5. If you have coloured paper, draw a bigger circle around the loo roll. This will be the rim of a top hat. Now measure out some coloured card to go around the loo roll and stick it on. If you want to skip this step you can just use a felt tip pen or paint to colour your loo roll.

  6. Stick the loo roll on top the circle of card to complete your top hat. Now stick this on the head of the snowman with your glue.

  7. Using your fabric, wrap your scarf around your snowman’s neck!

Other items you could use to make this is papermache baubles or even balloons using sellotape to stick them together. Or why not make food snowmen? Pancakes, or marshmallow snowmen sticks, or if you are crazy enough to eat ice cream at this time of year, ice cream snowmen!