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Countdown to Christmas Snowman

  • Math
  • Motor Practice
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 1-3

Start the countdown to Christmas with an adorable hand painted snowman! Give hand lettering a try to add a touch of whimsy to your numbers. 

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Materials



Wooden Circle Plaque
Paint
Rainbow Fuzzy Sticks
Jumbo Craft Sticks
Black Craft Foam
Large Wiggly Eyes
Red Glitter Glue

Orange or Clear Pushpin

Pencil

Scissors

Craft Glue or Hot Glue *Adult Assistance Required

Instructions



Step  1.

Paint a wooden circle plaque white. This will be your snowman’s head!

Step  1.

Paint a wooden circle plaque white. This will be your snowman’s head!

Step  2.

Poke a hole in the middle of the circle with a pushpin.

Step  2.

Poke a hole in the middle of the circle with a pushpin.

Step  3.

Cut a jumbo craft stick in half, as shown.

Step  3.

Cut a jumbo craft stick in half, as shown.

Step  4.

Cut a half of the jumbo craft stick from Step 4 diagonally, as shown, to create the snowman’s carrot nose.

Step  4.

Cut a half of the jumbo craft stick from Step 4 diagonally, as shown, to create the snowman’s carrot nose.

Step  5.

Wrap his nose in an orange fuzzy stick.

Step  5.

Wrap his nose in an orange fuzzy stick.

Step  6.

Wrap the end of the fuzzy stick around the pushpin to attach to the snowman’s head. Make sure it’s not too tight – you want to be able to spin the nose around.

Step  6.

Wrap the end of the fuzzy stick around the pushpin to attach to the snowman’s head. Make sure it’s not too tight – you want to be able to spin the nose around.

Step  7.

Warm up your snowman with some pink rosy cheeks!

Step  7.

Warm up your snowman with some pink rosy cheeks!

Step  8.

Bring your snowman to life with a craft foam hat – just like Frosty! Cut out a long skinny rectangle to be the bottom of the top hat, then cut a square out of foam to make the top of the hat.

Step  8.

Bring your snowman to life with a craft foam hat – just like Frosty! Cut out a long skinny rectangle to be the bottom of the top hat, then cut a square out of foam to make the top of the hat.

Step  9.

Glue on the hat and give your snowman some big wiggly eyes so he can see!

Step  9.

Glue on the hat and give your snowman some big wiggly eyes so he can see!

Step  10.

Finish of your snowman’s attire with a red fuzzy stick stripe across his hat; now he’s smiling from ear to ear – or cheek to cheek!

Step  10.

Finish of your snowman’s attire with a red fuzzy stick stripe across his hat; now he’s smiling from ear to ear – or cheek to cheek!

Step  11.

Write “DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS” in white paint on the top part of his hat. Use pencil to write out the letters first, then outline it. Add accents with red glitter glue for a dash of sparkle.

Step  11.

Write “DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS” in white paint on the top part of his hat. Use pencil to write out the letters first, then outline it. Add accents with red glitter glue for a dash of sparkle.

Step  12.

Write 1 – 24 around the edge of your snowman and countdown to the best day of the year!

Step  12.

Write 1 – 24 around the edge of your snowman and countdown to the best day of the year!

Use your fine motor skills to create a whimsical snowman and count down to Christmas!

  • Jolly Happy Soul: Give this snowman clock its most important features — a foam top hat, an orange fuzzy stick nose, and wiggly eyes! Then, have your students write “Days to Christmas” on the hat and numbers 1-25 around the face — either with paint or a black marker. All this handwriting practice strengthens their fine motor skills! 
  • Count on Frosty: Once the numbers dry, let the countdown begin! For a mini math lesson, have students subtract the number of days left until Christmas using the visual they’ve crafted. For example, if today is December 18th, then 25 – 18 = 7 more days!     

What other festive countdown clocks can your students create with a wooden circle plaque — a wreath, snowflake, or maybe even a shiny ball ornament?! Brainstorm ideas as a class — or have an independent crafting session!