The Simple Joy of Building a Snowman

snowman and snow dog

I love snowmen. To me, they are the ultimate celebration of snow. As a kid, and now as parents, when the first wet snow of the season arrives, the first thing we do to celebrate is build a snowman. There is a certain satisfaction to creating something out of nature. It’s an homage to the season. A statue to stand guard during the harsh winter. To wave at you from the window when you are stuck inside. Ok, maybe that’s going too far but it’s also a great way to have fun and be creative as a family.

calvin and hobbes

I love the Calvin & Hobbes strips where Calvin built snowmen getting decapitated or run over by cars. Sure it’s gruesome but I love the creativity. Your snowman doesn’t have to be a snowman with a scarf and sticks for arms. Think creative.  Make a snow pirate, snow bear, or I think our best snowman as a family was actually a snow dog that looked like a snow mouse.

pirate snowman

To build the perfect snowman, you need a plan. Is it a snow man or a snow mouse or even a snow fort? How big do you want it to be? How are you going to accessorize this new friend? Discuss the details while you are inside and warm. Then head out into the cold for the construction phase.

emy with snowman

An adult might need to start the snow ball going but there are plenty of ways for the kids to help, no matter what their age. Here are some great instuctions on how to build a snowman. Our kids new favorite thing is to take a spray bottle, add water and a few drops of food coloring and go outside and “color” the snow.

Here’s some more snowman fun:

stranger in the woods

Read Stranger in the Woods. This is one of my kids favorite books! Beautiful nature photography, cute story, and it teaches kids to help animals. What more could you want from a winter bedtime story?

Make and Take's Snowman Kit

Best yet, give another family the gift of having fun together by making them a snowman kit. Marie at came up with a great Snowman Kit to give as a gift. Your family will have fun making the kit and the other family will have fun creating. A snowy win-win!

Send me a photo of your favorite snowman creation at sue (at) I’d love to post it here on the blog.

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