For those of you who wanna build a snowman, check out these twelve amazing snowman story books and the lists of themed activities. I love to combine literature with other subjects, so expand the snowman fun with the suggested crafts, math activities and games, and snowman recipes.
In addition to being cute art projects, the snowman crafts make adorable decorations or gifts for relatives and teachers. And if you really want to make the snowman magic come to life, check out the snowman sensory and fine motor activities and the delicious snowman snacks.
I often pair up my picture book recommendations with the activities that best suit them, but since all of the books are about snowmen, this month’s themed projects naturally go with whichever book or books you choose to use.
I hope you and your young snowman lovers have fun experiencing snowmen on multiple academic, sensory, and culinary levels! And if you’re looking for Christmas specific books, crafts, and sensory activities, check out my Christmas books blog post.
Making a Friend by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Alison Friend is about how Beaver, who can make anything with his hands but struggles with knowing how to connect to other animals, makes a friend while making a snowman.
If Picasso Painted a Snowman by Amy Newbold, illustrated by Greg Newbold introduces kids to different artists and their styles by showing how they would draw or paint a snowman.
Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin is about a snowman who is cold and keeps melting as a result of trying to get warm. Thankfully, some kids rebuild him after each failed attempt.
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner offers an imaginative explanation for why snowmen look messy the day after they are built. Obviously, it’s because of all the fun things that snowmen do at night!
The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt is about a snowman who is outcast by the other snowmen because he was not given a nose or clothing. Children give him what he is missing and declare him to be the perfect snowman. However, it’s not until he gives his treasured gifts to someone who needs them more that he truly becomes the perfect snowman.
Snow Dude by Daniel Kirk is the snowman version of “The Gingerbread Man.”
Snowzilla by Janet Lawler, illustrated by Amanda Haley is about a little girl who builds a ginormous snowman with her family and how she finds a solution to the town’s polarized reaction to her having such a large snowman in her yard.
The Snowman and the Snowdog based on characters created by Raymond Briggs is about a boy whose dog died shortly after they moved to a new house. On Christmas Eve, the boy finds a photo of another boy standing beside an amazing snowman, and he decides to build his own snowman and a snowdog. The three of them spend Christmas Eve flying around the world and competing in the Snowman’s Annual Downhill Race at the North Pole.
The Smiley Snowman by M. Christina Butler, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton is about three friends who build a smiling snowman. The next day, the snowman looks sad, and the friends try to make him feel better.
Tinyrannosaurus and the Bigfootosaurus! by Nick Ward is about a young T-rex and his friends building a Bigfootosaurus out of snow and then accidentally mistaking a real (and not amused) Bigfootosaurus for their snowman.
Martin MacGregor’s Snowman by Lisa Broadie Cook, illustrated by Adam McCauley is about a boy who desperately wants to build a snowman. In his impatience for it to snow, he tries different, creative ways of making a snowman (like dumping flour on his younger sister and gluing cotton balls to his dog) that get him in trouble.
A Really Good Snowman by Daniel J. Mahoney is about an older brother who wants a little time away from his younger sister and her constant desire to “help” him. But when she demonstrates that she is not yet old enough to compete in the snowman building competition by herself, he sacrifices his chance of winning to help her build a snowman.
- Cotton Ball Snowman (Preschool through Elementary)
- Egg Carton Snowman (Elementary)
- Marshmallow Snowman (Preschool through 2nd grade)
- Melted Snowman (Elementary)
- Puffy Snowman Painting (Pre-K through Elementary)
- Snowchildren (Preschool through Kindergarten)
- Snow Globe Snowman (Preschool through Elementary depending on amount of adult prep)
- Snowman Christmas Card (Preschool through Elementary depending on amount of adult prep)
- Snowman Paper Plate Masks (Preschool through 2nd grade depending on amount of adult prep)
- Snowman Puppets (Pre-K through Elementary)
- Snowman Suncatcher (Preschool through Elementary)
- Toilet Paper Roll Snowman (Elementary)
- Christmas Pattern Blocks (Preschool through Kindergarten – There are two snowman patterns.)
- Counting Snowballs (Pre-K through 1st grade)
- Five Little Snowmen Felt Story And Math Activity (Preschool through Kindergarten)
- It’s Snowing Angles! (Elementary)
- Snowman Addition Fun (Pre-K through 1st grade)
- Snowman Counting File Folder Game (Pre-K through 1st grade)
- Snowman Fractions (Elementary)
- Snowman Math Activities (Elementary – The Last Snowman Standing Game was my favorite of the activities.)
- Snowman Place Value Worksheets (Pre-K through 2nd grade)
- Snowman 20 Frames Math Game (Kindergarten through 2nd grade)
- Temperature Snowman Melting Sequencing Cards (Pre-K through 2nd grade)
- Winter Math Activities With Printable Snowflake Number Circles (Preschool through Kindergarten)
Sensory and Fine Motor Activities
- DIY Fake Snow for Sensory Play (Preschool through Pre-K)
- Magnetic Snowman (Preschool through Pre-K)
- Make A Snowman Fine Motor Activity (Preschool through Pre-K)
- Snowman Activity Tray (Preschool through Pre-K)
- Snowman Sensory Bottle (Preschool through Pre-K)
- Banana Snowmen
- Chocolate Pretzel Snowman
- Deconstructed Snowman Popcorn
- Marshmallow Snowman
- Snowman Brownie Bites
- Snowman Dessert Dip
- Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls
- Snowman Pudding
For more themed book recommendations and activities, visit my post library.