Welcome winter with a fun sensory activity that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. This no-mess melted snowman sensory bag let’s little ones “build” a snowman without venturing out in the cold. It’s the perfect winter activity for little ones.

Create your own sensory bag based on the classic picture book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Use the melted snowman for some sensory mess free play.

Melted Snowman Sensory Bag

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One of my all-time favorite winter picture books is The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This book is unique, because it has no words making it perfect for preschoolers. They can make up the story as they go by “reading” the pictures on each page. And, there are a lot of them.

There are 175 picture frames in this story which follows a young boy on a magical winter adventure with his snowman who has come to life. The nice thing about this story is that there is no right or wrong way to tell it since there are no words.

Discover strategies for reading wordless picture books with kids with our top tips at the start of our Snowman Counting and Letter Activities.

Making the Melted Snowman Sensory Bag

Making the melted snowman sensory bag is super easy. All you need is a

zip-top baggie

shaving cream

black buttons

orange craft foam cut into a triangle for the nose.

Fill the baggie with shaving cream. Drop the buttons in (I used 6), as well as the orange nose. Try to squeeze all of the air out of the baggie without squeezing out the shaving cream. Now, zip the baggie closed.

I can tell you from experience that less is more. The more shaving cream there is in the bag, the harder it is to find the buttons and the foam nose. They get buried in the shaving cream, and this may frustrate little ones.

For extra security, you may want to use duct tape to cover the zipper top of the bag so little ones can’t unzip or pry it open. Once it’s secure, your little ones are ready to play.

Create your own sensory bag based on the classic picture book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Use the melted snowman for some sensory mess free play.

It’s Time to Play

Let your little ones squish their melted snowman around. See if they can move the buttons and nose around to form a snowman face.

Love this idea for a Christmas Book Themed Sensory Bag then make a How The Grinch Stole Christmas Sensory Bag Next!

Variations

If your children still put things in their mouth, you might want to use wide tape to tape the bag to the play surface (a craft mat, high chair tray, or table top). This keeps the bag in place while allowing little ones to explore.

If you’d like, you could also use another piece of craft foam to create a top hat to place in the bag before you seal it up.

This is a great activity to add to your winter story time or your snowman unit.

More Snowman Themed Activities for Kids

Fun winter or Christmas themed STEAM challenge activity for kids based on the storybook and movie The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

STEAM challenge to build a flyig snowman

Activity suggestions for working on literacy and numeracy inspired by the classic wordless picture book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs for Early Years.

Snowman Counting and Letter Activities

Snowmen Oreo Bites

Snowmen Count and Peg Math Activity for Preschoolers.

DIY Snowman Clip Counting Cards

The Snowman - DIY bowling game to work on number bonds

Snowman Bowling and Number Facts

What is your favorite hands-on way to celebrate winter with your kids?

Tara is a former elementary school teacher turned homeschool mom. You can find her blogging at homeschoolpreschool.net where she loves sharing preschool printables and resources.

As a longtime homeschool mom, she is passionate about equipping and encouraging moms in their efforts to educate their littlest learners at home.

You can find her over on Facebook and Instagram.

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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