We made melted snowman ornaments in preschool

We made these little snowman ornaments in my pre-k class a couple of weeks ago and last week one of my little boys said, “Mrs. Stewart – those melted snowmen we made last week were really great! We are giving mine to my grandma!”  So with this great review – I wanted to share them with you!

You will need some plastic cups (the clear kind but not the crystal clear kind).  I don’t know what number is on the bottom of these cups but you will want to try this first on your own to make sure your cups will melt. I tried a couple of different kinds of cups like the one shown below and both worked fine…

I let my students use permanent markers to draw their snowmen face on the cups. My students love permanent markers and we use them often so the children are very good about using them carefully…

While the children were decorating their cups, I had the oven preheating over at my house to 250 degrees Fahrenheit…

Once everyone had completed their cups (they were drawing snowman faces on their cups) – then we took a quick fieldtrip over to my house to bake them in the oven (my house is a brief walk across the parking lot from the preschool). I could have baked them without the children present (and so can you) – but I really wanted the children to see the melting in progress….

I printed each child’s name and the year on the back of each cup before putting them in the oven to make them a fun keepsake at home.  I let the children watch the snowmen melt. The oven wasn’t hot to the touch so we were good there but I still reminded the children not to touch the oven and they all did very well.

Once the snowmen (cups) were all melted, then we took them out. It takes about 2  to 3 minutes for the cups to melt down and they cool in about 30 to 60 seconds…

Our melted snowmen went right home (the parents were outside waiting so I didn’t get to take a better photo of the finished snowmen before they went home!).  This is something so simple that I have told my students if they want to make them again any time soon, just say the word and we will give them another go!


Links to Grow On…

I love the Christmas Playdough Snowman from Learning 4 Kids!

By |2017-03-28T22:27:39+00:00December 15th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Yvonne December 15, 2011 at 7:13 am - Reply

    What a cute idea!
    I love the picture of the kids crowded around the oven,
    watching the process.
    It sounds like you have a happy pre-school.
    I wish I could work there.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      I really love my preschool – one of the best things I have ever started was my own preschool!

  2. Esther December 15, 2011 at 8:10 am - Reply

    This so much fun! I love the idea of field trip to your home and the kids watching the melting!
    I wish I was a preschool student doing all the fun stuff with you or if I’m too young for that:-) May be I wish my kid was in your preschool!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      Haha – you might be too young! My preschoolers are quite grown up!

  3. Rashmie @MommyLabs December 15, 2011 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Oh, I LOVE this. Watching the ‘melting’ especially must have been so much fun! Even i would love such a sight…
    Doing this with my girl tomorrow afternoon. But, wait, I first have to get the not-so-clear type plastic glasses…

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      Rush out and get those cups Rashmie!

  4. Asiya December 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    I love this!!! My son would love to watch them melt…going to get some plastic cups soon 🙂 Thx for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm - Reply


  5. Ms thelms December 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Theyvwork great with. Styrofoam cups, as well…also grwat for ghots

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried melting Styrofoam cups yet! It is now added to my to do list:)

  6. Allison December 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    How great for you, that you live right across the street from the school room! I’ll definitely be giving these a try with my preschool homeschoolers!


    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      It is lucky for me our preschool sits across the parking lot because I am always forgetting something I need from home!

  7. Shelle December 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Cute! I’ve done shrinking styrofoam before, but this sounds like it would be much sturdier!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried Styrofoam yet:)

  8. Sherry December 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    We did these today and the kiddos loved them. So much fun watching them melt. As we were putting pipe cleaners in the tops, one of my little girls suggested we put jingle bells in them. So all of our “snowmen” turned into bells!!! Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 17, 2011 at 8:59 am - Reply

      I love that – even better to have jingling snowmen!!

  9. andiejaye December 17, 2011 at 12:15 am - Reply

    that’s so fun! a melted snowman…what an original concept. i just found out qdoba uses type 6 plastic lids for take-out. it’s the kind you can do this shrinky-dink type project with! i’m stocking up!

Leave A Comment

This site uses 'cookies' to give you the best, most relevant experience. Using the website means you're OK with this. Ok