Making Lois Ehlert style paper plate snowmen in preschool

“Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert is such a great book! I love the large snowman illustrations throughout the book and so do my students…

Miss Abby read the book to our class and as she came to each new snowman, she stopped and let the children explore what was new and different about each one…

Because we were getting ready to go on break, this was perfect timing for this project. We had lots of little left-overs that weren’t quite enough to use for snack but too much to throw out so we used the leftover snack items to make our own snowmen faces…

Well, not everything we used was edible.  We had also been exploring birdseed, so we used up some of the seed we had left over too.  We talked about which foods the animals might eat and then, just as they had in the snowball book, made our own snowman faces…

We had some interesting results. I think I would like to try this again with a broader variety of materials but for today – we were just using up what we had on hand…

The children glued the materials any way and anywhere they wanted on the paper plate…

Every snowman face was quite uniquely made…

And here are a few of our finished snowman faces…

Links to grow on…

Snowman in a Mason Jar from The Artful Parent

Easy to make Felt Snowmen from Frugal Fun for Boys

Last January from Teaching Two and Three Year Olds

Marshmallow Snowmen from Teach Preschool

Snowman and Mitten Activity Box from Teach Preschool

By |2012-01-03T07:00:40+00:00January 3rd, 2012|

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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. andiejaye January 3, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

    what a fun idea!! we love her “nuts to you” book as we have 2 squirrels that visit our deck daily for food. we’ll have to look for this the next time we go to the library!

  2. Sheryl @Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds January 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Oooooh, I read this book to my 2’s today and will for the 3’s tomorrow. One of my very favorites! Thank you for including a link to my website.


  3. Terri January 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Love this! I’m planning on a project for my girls soon based on this same book… it’s such a great book!

  4. Karen January 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    We did this project this week too! I haven’t written my post about it yet, but I needed to share the coincidence. I love Lois Ehlert! : )

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 7, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

      I love it Karen! Let me know when you get it written up and I will link up to it!!

  5. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree January 19, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Great idea! I love the book and love the activity with it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you Melissa:)

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