We love a good DIY toy around here - especially one that uses a cardboard box. (We are avid Amazon shoppers). I first saw a drop box on Play at Home Mom. It's such a genius idea! Since it's winter here, I decided to make a snowman drop box. I knew X would be in toddler heaven, but I was surprised to find that S loved it just as much!
Doesn't he look super friendly? X isn't old enough to learn his shapes, but if you have an older toddler, this would be a nice playful way to incorporate some shape/color learning.
Here S is poking a giant pom pom through the snowman's circle eye.
It was a great lesson for X on what would and would not fit. He really wanted to drop that big blue jingle bell through the thin slot and it just would not fit! Please note some items shown here do present choking hazards. If you would like to do this activity with a baby or toddler who is still mouthing toys, I recommend cutting larger holes and playing with items that are not a choking risk. Even if your child is no longer mouthing, please provide close and constant supervision if you choose to include chokable items in this activity.
The jingle bells were S's idea and they were perfect. The made such a satisfying little jingle as they dropped into the snowman's belly. :)
X loooooved this activity. He would shout "YAAAAAAYYY!" and clap his hands every time he got something in. It really was the cutest thing ever.
One of S's favorite jobs was emptying him of all the goodies. It was like a giant piñata!
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To make your own drop box snowman, you'll need some sturdy cardboard. Roughly draw a snowman shape and using a box cutter or xacto knife AWAY FROM CHILDREN, cut out the snowman. If you wish to add shapes to his face, draw and cut those the same way. Use the snowman as a template to trace and cut out the snowman that will become the bottom of your box. Using a more pliable cardboard - we found that cereal boxes worked well - cut strips and apply them to the edges of your snowman. You can either use hot glue or packing tape to attach the more pliable cardboard to the snowman front and back (we used packing tape). Be sure to leave a gap somewhere along the snowman so you can get the dropped items out again.
To give his features more reinforcement, I lined them all with hot glue. I also punched a hole in each side with my scissor tip and hot glued two branch arms in place.
S helped me paint his front with white paint and then I outlined his features with markers.
For more snowman fun be sure to check out our new recipe for Foaming Dough - uncolored it makes the perfect snow for erupting snowmen into icy frothy foam!
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.