Snowman Paper Roll
Updated: Jun 25
To suit the chilly days ahead of us, today we are going to make a snowman using a toilet paper roll. All this activity takes is a little imagination and a few materials commonly found around the house. Preschool and school aged kiddos will enjoy and benefit from this activity as they get to be creative while also honing fine motor and manipulation skills. When the snowman is finished, put it on display or engage in some creative, winter-themed play!
You Will Need
Toilet paper roll
White acrylic paint
Orange construction paper
A black marker
Pom poms or small cotton balls
A pipe cleaner
Ribbon or any other thin piece of fabric, optional
Step 1: The first thing we are going to do is prepare our workspace. It is important to be cautious of spills while using paint, so I suggest covering your surface with a material like newspaper. This is not required but will make clean up a lot easier!
Step 2: Now that the workspace is prepared, let’s get to painting! Use your paintbrush to completely cover the outside of the toilet paper roll with white paint.
Set aside and allow the paint to dry for
10 to 15 minutes.
If you’re like me and got paint all over your hands, make sure to wash them really well before continuing!
Step 3: While the paper roll is drying, grab a writing utensil and your construction paper. Because we will not be using a lot of construction paper, scraps work just fine! Draw a small, long, and narrow triangle with your pencil or marker. I used a pencil so I could erase if need be, but you can use whatever you have.
Step 4: Once the triangle is drawn on the construction paper, carefully cut the triangle out with scissors. Make sure to ask for help with the cutting if you need it! When it is all cut out, put the triangle to the side in a safe spot. This will be your snowman’s nose!
Step 5: Next, cut the pipe cleaner in half with your scissors. We will only be using one half of the pipe cleaner, so keep the one you decide to use close and the other half can be put away.
Step 6: When the paint is finished drying, stick the pipe cleaner to one side of the paper roll with a 1-inch-long piece of clear tape. Curve the pipe cleaner over the top of the paper roll so it is in the shape of a rainbow. Connect the other end of the pipe cleaner to the opposite side of the paper roll
Step 7: Apply a generous amount of glue on top of the tape on the side of the paper roll. Grab a pom pom or cotton ball and press it into the glue. Hold the pom pom for 5 seconds to make sure it stays stuck to the side of the paper roll. Do the same on the other side. Now you have earmuffs to keep your snowman warm!
Step 8: Using a marker, draw on the snowman’s eyes. I made two small ovals, but you can illustrate the eyes however you want!
Step 9: Next, place a small amount of glue about ½ an inch below the eyes. Stick the construction paper nose onto the paper roll and hold it for 5 seconds.
Step 10: Draw three circles down the middle of the paper roll. These are the snowman’s buttons. Now, you can stop here and enjoy your amazing new craft! If you want to add one more detail, however, you can easily create a scarf by tying ribbon or any other long, thin cloth around the upper part of the paper roll.
Now your paper roll snowman is done and ready to go on a snowy adventure!