When sis is away at preschool (three mornings a week), I always try and set something up for little X.  He wasn't too interested in participating in our Mix and Match Snowman Window Art, so I roped him into some snowman play by adding a messy sensory element.  My little guy loves messy play!  I set up this cute and friendly snowman for little X to play with (AKA destroy).

It's a great way to talk about different body parts (here X is answering "where is the snowman's nose?") and if your child is learning their colors, you can easily work some color learning into the activity as well.

X loved being able to take parts of the snowman and "paint!"

The coup de gras - poor snowman!  :)

Pretty proud of his handiwork.

Inspecting a stray "arm!"

I think in total this took about 3 minutes to set up.  You will need a splat mat or some other waterproof surface (a linoleum floor or bathtub would also work).  Once you've settled on your location, spray shaving cream in the shape of a three circled snowman.  Cut out any decorations you'd like for your snowman from Foam Sheets (or just reuse the ones you have if you made a Mix and Match Snowman set!).  Taking the back of a spoon (or some other utensil), smooth out the shaving cream.  Lay the foam accoutrements on your snowman and he's good to go!

Please note that shaving cream is NOT edible - this activity is appropriate only for children beyond the mouthing stage.  Also, shaving cream can be slippery - please stay within arms reach to prevent any slips or falls!

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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.


  1. Replies
    1. Yep, that would be a great alternative - though if you had a young one who was still mouthing you'd need to be careful of the size of the foam pieces you were using...

    2. My son is 8 months old. We have discovered that SUGAR FREE cool whip, jello, pudding... etc... is a LOT easier to use because it isn't sticky. As an alternative to foam, I would most likely just color some of the Cool Whip or use puffs, cheerios, etc.

    3. That would work perfectly, Momma Bish!

  2. I think my five year old would love this too.

    1. Hahaha - awesome, JDaniel4'sMom! I think S would have gotten a kick out of it, too if she wasn't at preschool. :)


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