Snowman sensory puzzle

I really didn’t know what to call this activity because it is a combination of snow, sensory play, fine motor play and it is kind of like a puzzle too so I decided on ‘snowman sensory puzzle’ to give all the different possibilities. I am still waiting for my school to get back in session and still hoping that we will have snow on the ground so while I wait, I continue to think of different ways we can explore the snow…

Snowman Sensory Puzzle by Teach Preschool

The snowman sensory puzzle can be done with or without the printable but I found that it does help to give the idea of making a snowman if you have the printable. However, knowing my students, some will just want to explore this process without the printable and others will enjoy building a snowman with the printable so I will let them choose…

Snowman Sensory Puzzle by Teach Preschool

For the snowman aspect of this sensory experience, simply gather up some buttons, noses, sticks, or whatever else you would like to add to a snowman and place the objects on a tray…

Snowman Sensory Puzzle by Teach Preschool

Next, pile a thin layer of snow on top of the snowman objects or as much snow as needed to at least hide the objects underneath…

Snowman Sensory Puzzle by Teach Preschool

If you have some tweezers handy, set them out because using fingers to dig through the snow is very cold. The children will most likely stay with the process longer if they have something to use besides their fingers. Plus, plucking through the snow with tweezers is great fine motor skill and eye hand coordination practice…

Snowman Sensory Puzzle by Teach Preschool

Keep in mind that if you use too small of buttons for this process, it will be very difficult for the children to pick the buttons up with the tweezers. Depending on the skill level of your students, you may want to go with bigger buttons or bigger snowman accessories so they can be picked up a little more easily with the tweezers…

Snowman Sensory Puzzle by Teach Preschool

Having all of this time off is giving me extra time to plan for my class and normally, I share with you what happens after we do activities. This time, I am sharing what an idea may look like but the reality is – my students often surprise me with what they choose to do with an activity.  Although I am doing a little snow planning here, so we can take full advantage of the snow while we have it, I am sure that we will drum up ideas I didn’t think of once the kids come to school and show me the way…

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If you would like a copy of this pdf for your class, just click here and save a copy for yourself: Snowman Puzzle PDF by Teach Preschool.

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By |2013-01-03T16:35:28+00:00January 3rd, 2013|

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. Cheyenne January 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    We occasionally get snow here. I’m wondering if this activity would work with the melted ivory soap that seems to be the craze right now or with shaved ice…or all three as a Science experiment to see which one works best…oh the possibilities of activities designed for exploration. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Jenny January 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    This is such a great activity. I am sure that kids will love doing this stuff. Thanks for sharing and keep posting.

  3. Trisha January 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    What fun! Thanks again for this pdf!

  4. Joan January 4, 2013 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Wonderful idea. . . . I think that I will try some glittery, white playdough with the PDF since we don’t have any real snow yet 🙁 As always, thanks for helping me with my winter lesson plans, Deborah ! Happy New Year !!!

  5. Deb @ Living Montessori Now January 5, 2013 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I love all the sensory aspects of this activity! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and free printable, Deborah! I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest at Have an awesome 2013! 🙂

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