Contact Paper the Snowman

Shape activity for toddlers

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Searching for an educational, screen-free winter activity for your little ones? We’ve got you covered with our ‘snow and tell’ project, designed to promote counting, shape recognition skills, and creativity.

LEARNING GOALS:

  • Numeracy
  • Shape recognition
  • Fine motor practice

AGE: 2 – 4 Years Old

TIME: 20 Mins

CATEGORY: Numeracy, Motor Skills

MATERIALS:

  • Contact paper
  • Colored paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Googly eyes
  • Tape/Glue

INSTRUCTIONS

1
Unroll a sheet of contact paper and draw a large outline of a snowman using permanent marker on the non-sticky side of the paper.
2
Tape the sheet with the outline to the floor, sticky side facing out.
3
Cut out a top hat, smile, and triangle carrot nose.
4
Place different materials, such as cotton balls, paper shapes, a felt pieces of coal, and googly eyes, in bowls around the snowman.
5
Ask your child to decorate the snowman and count the number of cotton balls, buttons, and shapes they place on the snowman. Have them count the number of circles they see, or the number of shapes with four sides.

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TIPS
  • Throughout the activity, ask your child what each material feels like to work on using descriptive language and introducing new vocabulary.
  • Hypothesize with your child and guess what would happen if you tried to take different materials off of the contact paper.
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