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Puffy Paint Snowman: A Cool Winter Craft for Kids!

By: Knowledge Crates

Are you ready to bring some winter wonderland magic into your home? Grab a canvas and get set for a frosty fun time with our Puffy Paint Snowman activity!


This project is not only adorable but also educational, hitting those preschool learning areas like combining materials and working those tiny hands. So, let's dive into this chilly adventure.




  • Canvas or heavy cardstock

  • Shaving cream

  • Glue

  • White or clear glitter (optional)

  • Thick and thin paintbrushes (for broad strokes and fine details)

  • Black and blue paint

  • Bowl and measuring cups

  • Googly eyes

  • Black Buttons

  • A small piece of orange construction paper for the nose




Now that we’re ready … let's do this!



1. Paint the Winter Sky


First things first, let's set the scene! Grab your blue paint and give that canvas a lovely sky-blue backdrop. Once done, set it aside to dry while you prep for the next frosty steps.


2. Mix Up Some Snowy Goodness


In a bowl, whip up a snowy concoction by mixing 1/2 cup of shaving cream with 1/4 cup of glue. Imagine making fluffy clouds for your snowman—this is going to be fun!



3. Building Mr. Snowman


Base Layer: With your puffy paint, start by drawing a large circle at the bottom for the snowman's base.

Body & Head: Stack two more circles above for the body and head. Ah, look at him taking shape!


Glitter Magic: Sprinkle some glitter over your snowman for that twinkling winter effect. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!



4. Add Those Details


Eyes, Nose, Buttons: Time to accessorize! Stick on googly eyes, a carrot nose, and cute buttons using your Puffy Paint Snowman Kit.


Top Hat & Smile: Grab your black paint and give your snowman a stylish top hat and a cheerful dotted smile.


The Finishing Touch: Once everything is perfectly painted and sprinkled, set your masterpiece aside to dry. And voila! When it's ready, hang it up for everyone to admire.

children making a snowman painting

Questions to Spark Creativity


Here are some questions to ask before, during, and after the activity to keep the learning going!


  • Shape Talk: "What shapes do we need to make our jolly snowman? How many circles will we use?"


  • Mixing Magic: "What do you think will happen when we mix our glue and shaving cream together?"


  • Puffy Paint Feels: “Have you ever touched puffy paint when it's dry? What does it feel like now?”

Preschool Learning Standards Addressed in this Activity

  • Combine a variety of materials to create a work of art.


  • Use hands, fingers, and wrists to manipulate objects.


  • Use mathematical processes when measuring, representing, organizing, and understanding data.

melted snowman art for kids

Bonus Activity: Melted Snowman Winter Craft!

Feeling extra creative? Let's make a Melted Snowman using the same materials!


This time, mix your shaving cream and glue in a sandwich bag. Snip a tiny hole in the corner, and let your kiddo squeeze out the mixture onto paper.


Add eyes and buttons with black paint, and there you have it—a cute, melted snowman! Display it proudly once it's dried.


There you have it, friends! A frosty, fun-filled Puffy Paint Snowman activity that promises giggles, creativity, and a sprinkle of winter magic. So, gather your materials, put on those creative caps, and let's make some snowy masterpieces together!


Stay warm and crafty! ❄️

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