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Looking for an indoor activity to keep everyone busy this week?

Katie suggested a very popular activity from her classroom - this Build a Snowman Printable.

I have to say that both my children (ages 1 and 4) have been playing with it throughout the weekend. There's lots of different ways you can use this simple printable based on your child's age (see below).

And yes, I printed two sets, one for each, to avoid any arguing :) Highly recommend if you've got more than one child at home.
 
You can laminate the pieces or cover them in Con-tact Paper to extend the life of this activity.
Here's how you can use the snowman printable from ages 1-6:
 
Between Ages 1-2: Learn the parts of the body and where they go
  • Begin by cutting out all of the parts and showing your child where each part goes. Next, give your child a chance to put the parts on the snowman. Give them the time and freedom to use the parts however they like.

          

  • Sing a song about the body parts and what they're for: "Snowman has two eyes, two eyes, two eyes, snowman has two eyes so that he can see". Continue with the other parts of the snowman - nose, mouth, arms. (sung to the tune of Johnny Works With One Hammer)
  • Basic counting - 1 mouth, 1 nose, 1 hat, 1 scarf, 2 eyes, 2 arms, 3 snowballs
  • Trace each piece onto a larger piece of paper in the shape of the snowman and have your child place them on the traced area. This will make it more like a puzzle.

Between Ages 2-3: Gluing activity, colour your own snowman

Between Ages 3-6: Scissor skills, letter recognition and phonics 

  • Everything for ages 2-3+ (above)
  • Have your child help cut out the pieces. Begin by offering the large snowball first, as this will be easiest to cut. If your child is ready or wants to try cutting some of the smaller parts, you can roughly cut them into the individual parts to make it easier. 
  • Write the names of each of the snowman parts on separate pieces of paper and match them to the parts. If your child is not yet reading, they can practice letter recognition of the first letter in the word and the sound it makes. 
You can find more printables on our website here: https://themontessoriroom.com/pages/free-montessori-printables

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