Making puffy paint snowmen in preschool

As mentioned the other day, we read the book “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert which led to our exploration of a cotton ball snowball blizzard and our cotton ball science. The book “Snowballs” was a great way to kick off our winter session and you can’t read this book without making at least one snowman to go with it…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

Before making our puffy paint snowmen, we went back to the book “Snowballs” to take a look at the different materials that were used in the book to make a snowman.  We didn’t have all the materials on hand that were in the book so we improvised and used other materials but we took a look anyway in order to get the idea of what to do with the materials on the table…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

To make our white puffy paint, we added a few squirts of white Elmer’s glue to a cup of shave cream.  Then we set out the puffy paint along with shoe box lids, blue paint, and other materials for the children to make their puffy paint snowmen…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

The children started by painting the inside of their shoe box lids with the blue paint to give their scene a sky or outdoor looking backdrop…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

After painting their boxes, the children began dabbing the puffy paint into their box to begin making their snowman shape…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

Once the children finished creating their puffy paint snowman (or adding all the puffy paint in their cup) the children began  adding other materials to decorate their snowman…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

Every snowman began to take on its own look and style…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

The children added pasta,, corn seeds, foam pieces, and pretty much anything else we had on hand to their snowmen…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

All the children took their time making decisions about which items they wanted to add to their snowman and where to add it…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

Some of the children really enjoyed the decorating aspect of this process so much that they just kept going and going…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

And going…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

Once the children completed their snowmen, they set the snowmen aside to dry.  With this type of puffy paint, I let the paint dry for a couple of days to make sure it is completely dry before sending home.  The puffy paint will feel light and puffy to the touch after it dries…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

Although we started off making snowmen, the student who created this beautiful piece of artwork informed us that it was not a snowman but rather it was a city in the snow…

Puffy Paint Snowman by Teach Preschool

A wonderful process with some of the most beautiful snowmen, and city in the snow, I have ever seen! I say this truthfully because behind every snowman or city in the snow was a young artist who took the time to invest, create, and make decisions – and that, is beautiful.

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By |2013-01-06T15:00:28+00:00January 6th, 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. becki January 7, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Hello amazing what you have going on. I work at a daycare center, I so wish to learn from you. I’m not real good with the computer, if you have ideas for me as far as lesson plans, curriculum, exploration based learning. I would appreciate any tips you can give me. Thank you so much

  2. Barbara Sullivan January 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this idea! We did this today at daycare with 5 children, aged 3 to 5 yrs, and it was great fun! Barbara

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 8, 2013 at 12:32 am - Reply

      Yay! That is so wonderful to know that you tried the puffy paint snowmen today! Love it!

  3. Sarah Tharpe Winchell January 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Hi there,
    This is one of my favorite books! I am looking forward to trying the shaving cream glue mixture! I love the kids work. I saw this on your twitter feed!
    I Dream of First Grade

  4. ALison May 18, 2017 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    Shouldn’t you mention and explain how each activity links to the Early Learning Framework if you are an educator?



    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 19, 2017 at 12:33 am - Reply

      Ha! Now that sounds like writing a college paper or a lesson plan. The great thing about Blogging is getting to share my passion and reflect on my own experiences. Sometimes I share things we have enjoyed trying. Sometimes I share teaching tips. Sometimes I share what I am learning. And sometimes I share my observations on student learning. But the framework for learning is unique to each child, each classroom, each day and I couldn’t possibly capture that for others without turning into a “cookie cutter” type experience. To fully appreciate the learning framework, it must be an experience you capture for yourself.

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