For today’s Storybook Advent post, we have an easy winter art project inspired by The Snowman By Raymond Briggs. This snowy art and craft idea for kids combines paint with paper and felt to create a lovely Snowman painting. It’s easy enough for toddlers but older kids will enjoy it, too! So here you are our Snowman Art Project for Kids to do.

Easy art project inspired by the snowman for kids from toddlers up to create
Finished Art Project inspired by the Snowman

The Snowman By Raymond Briggs

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One of our favourite Christmas Books is The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. In the original wordless pictures book, a young boy wakes up to find that the ground is covered in snow.

As you turn the pages with your kids you follow him on a magical journey up to the North Pole and around the world.

storybook advent the Snowman Art Projects for Kids
Storybook Advent Art Project for Kids Inspired by the book The Snowman

The Snowman Easy Art Project for Kids

We have got 3 different ways of making this art project with your kids. From a simple version that your toddler can make to one that your older kids will enjoy. All use the same materials and this is ideal for making together this Christmas.

Materials for the Snowman Art Project

Thick paper or card stock (black or dark blue)
White ready-mixed paint (tempera paint)
Paintbrushes (different brushes give different textures to your painting, so experiment with what you have)
Scissors
Print out The Snowman mobile template from thesnowman.com
Green felt for the snowman’s hat and scarf
Glue
Colored pencils
Other colors of tempera paint/ready-mixed paint
Pom pom or cotton ball

How to Make the Snowman Art For Toddlers

Cover your work area and wear paint clothes.

Select a thick piece of paper or card stock for your background. We used black and dark blue.

Set out some white tempera paint and a few paintbrushes. Allow your child to use the paintbrushes to paint snow on the paper.

It’s a good idea to demonstrate ways to make snow with different brushes. Use just a little bit of paint to let the colored paper show through. Drag your brush across the paper to make a snowy background.

Toddler making the background of a winter art project for kids
Toddler using a sponge paintbrush to create a snowy sky scene

Pounce your brush to create snow flurries.

Flick the paint onto the paper to get dots of snow.

flicking paint to get snowflake effect on the paper
Toddler flicking paint to get the effect of snowflakes in the sky

The whole point of this painting is the experience. Experiment with the brushes and see what happens. How can you make it look like snow?

With help, this process art project is easy enough for toddlers. Let the paint dry and add a snowman from the Snowman mobile template.

finished snowman picture created by a toddler
Finished Snowman Picture for Kids to Make (Toddler version)

How to Make the Snowman Art Project with Preschoolers

Our second way of making the snowman art collage takes a few more steps. We were inspired by the scene in the book where the snowman is flying above the city buildings.

My 3 and half year old ask me to draw city buildings with lights for him. I drew simple rectangles for the buildings and squares for the lights.

I taught my son how to use a tiny paintbrush to add a small dot of yellow paint to each window. Elon loved adding all of the lights. This is great for fine motor skills practice.

making a city scape for the Snowman to fly over
Inspired by The Snowman flying over the city creating city sky scrapers.

We allowed the lights to dry and came back to the project later.

Next, we added a snowman flying in the sky. We used a pom pom to paint the head and body of the snowman. (He practiced on a scrap piece of paper first.)

cotton wool ball snowman printing
Using pompoms to create a snowman flying in the sky

Then, he added the arms and legs to the snowman. Next, he added the eyes, tangerine nose, and buttons.

I cut out a hat scarf from green felt and helped him glue them down to the snowman.

Finally, he painted snow to complete the scene. He used his experimentation from our first snowman painting to create the snow for this snowman collage.

Adding flying snow to the picture
Adding in snow with a paintbrush

Instead of painting the yellow lights, you could let your child glue down squares of yellow paper. A square paper punch would be great for quickly creating enough squares.

Finished snowman over the city picture by a preschooler
Finished Preschool Snowman Art Project
The Snowman Themed Art Projects for Kids
Fun Art Projects for Kids Inspired by The Snowman

How to Make the Snowman Art For Older Kids

Our last way of creating a snowman painting was done by my kindergartener. Lily chose to use only tempera paint to create her art piece.

She was also inspired by the scene of the snowman flying in the sky. She wanted her snowman to fly above the ocean.

Lily used a pom pom to create her snowman. Then, she added its details.

Kindgarten student painting a snowman picture
Painted Snowman by Kindergartener

Next, she painted the ocean on the bottom of her paper.

Snowman flying over the ocean - reception age child painting the waves
Painting the ocean as the snowman flies over it

Finally, Lily experimented with different methods to create snow on her painting.

Adding snow to the Snowman over the ocean art project created by a reception age child
Adding snow with different paintbruses

However, you choose to create your snowman collages and paintings, be sure to read The Snowman by Raymond Briggs before you begin. It will surely inspire some creative snowy ideas.

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Author
Trisha Stanley

Trisha is an educator with a passion for science literacy and mom to Aiden, Lily, and Elon.

She’s the creator of Inspiration Laboratories, a blog dedicated to encouraging learning through creativity and play.

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