It seems like it’s snowing almost everywhere lately. I love doing activities that use what’s going on around us to keep things interesting and fresh! These marshmallow snowflakes craft is simple enough for preschoolers to do with a little direction , and don’t forget you can add in lessons about counting and estimation too!
- Gather your materials. You will need a sheet of construction paper, white glue, mini marshmallows, and glitter.
- Start by designing your snowflake. You can just use the glue or draw it with a pencil first. I did this one to show my son how to draw with glue.
- I encouraged my son to do this himself by reminding him that all snowflakes are unique.
- Add the marshmallows! I get asked all the time how do you avoid him eating them all? My main strategy is that I let him eat a few but only after he adds them on. I tell him to count to 14, then eat one, then add on another 20 and eat one etc.. interestingly enough this time he didn’t eat a single one, but he still counted.
- Add glue for glitter
- Add the glitter. I LOVE these little glitter tubes. They only hold a small amount of glitter so the mess is minimized. I wouldn’t use them with toddlers/ kids who still put things in their mouths though, the tops pop off and could be a hazard.
- Let dry. His marshmallow snowflake is proudly on display in our front hall.
Books to read with Marshmallow Snowflakes
Holly’s Red Boots by Francesca Chessa was a delight to read. Holly wants to go outside in the snow but can’t find her boots and we follow along as she looks for them. It’s a cute story and the pictures are scrumptious. My son loved that the dinosaur was wearing her boots and wanted to read that page over and over. I also loved that when she does go outside her mom has her baby sibling in a baby carrier. Fun book!
Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay is my kind of book. If I were to quote all my favorite bits of this book I would write out most of it. I just love the writing, it’s simple but doesn’t talk down to the reader. The characters are sweet but not saccharine and I love how inquisitive Sam is. Stella is a know it all but not bratty about it at all! Sam has never seen snow before and Stella tells him all about it as they explore the first snowfall of the year.
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester is such a cute and funny story, your kids will love it! Tacky is an odd bird but when hunters come to get some pretty penguins is funny odd ways of doing things turn off the hunters and saves Tacky and his perfectly not odd companions. This is a sweet look at being different and being happy as pie about being different. My son loves this book and will often point out that Tacky is proud to sing just the way he wants. I love that it can preach to kids without preaching at all.
We did this last week with a snowman shape. It was great fine motor work for my two year old 🙂
There are endless ideas with mini marshmallows. My fave will always be https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2009/02/frugal-friday.html pretty and educational 🙂
Jenae @ I Can Teach My Child says
Love it! Check out the puffy snowflakes over at my blog: http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2010/12/puffy-snowflakes.html
I am going to do this with my students…I love it!
And Tacky is one of my favorites. 🙂
Isn’t Tacky great? I love the whole series.
Did you know kids can “lick ’em, stick ’em” with marshmellows!?! Of course, a few more get eaten that way LOL
Yes and yes 😉 I think it would be a snow dot with my son *giggle* but it’s a great reminder in case you are out of glue.
This is random, but I just wanted you to know I tagged NTFF in my blog post today. I love your site and often pull from it for ideas with my kiddos, ages (almost) 4 and 2. My blog is of a totally different nature, but thought that since I love you, maybe others will too. Hope it’s OK that I passed you along.
What fun for us to continue with marshmallows. We had a snow day here (a whole foot – but that slows things down here on Vancouver Island) and we had just made the snowman you posted before on Monday. Have to say though that my daughter is now hooked on marshmallows 🙂
great idea! I love what you can do with mini marshmallows craftwise! We used mini marshmallows to make an igloo too – fun!