We are back with another fun winter craft idea for kids. Since it’s the middle of winter now, we couldn’t resist trying out some super cute and easy snowman crafts, using rock painting.
There are so many fun activities to do with kids this time of year, but if you want to keep it simple, here’s one that is great for kids of all ages.
Children will love the idea of creating a snowman, and even better these little guys can be mixed and matched to create all kinds of fun and crazy combinations once you’ve finished painting and drawing.
We have a huge collection of smooth rocks and stones that we have been collecting on each trip to the beach, so I decided to put them to good use and let the kids make their own painted snowmen with them for this simple mix n match stone snowmen activity.
The holiday season is known for many things: lights, decorating the house, giving gifts, and of course having fun.
For kids, it can be a time for them to create some memories that will last a lifetime. One great way is with this simple snowman craft that is perfect for little ones.
With just a few materials, your kids can enjoy creating their own personal snowman to put on display in their homes.
This post features instructions on how to make the perfect winter decoration with this festive craft project.
It’s also an excellent opportunity to teach children about colors, clothing, body parts and facial expressions with this easy DIY activity.
So gather your supplies and follow these steps to make your own painted rocks snowman craft for kids!
Supplies for this Rock Painting Snowman Craft
You’ll only need 3 things to make these painted stone snowmen and you may already have all of them around the house. This is a super simple activity.
- Stones – We collected loads at the beach to keep for craft projects like these. You can also buy huge bags full at the garden centre very cheaply, and the bag lasts for ages.
- White Paint – You can use pre mixed poster paint or acrylic paint.
- Sharpies – My kids favourites are our gold silver and bronze pack.
How to Paint Stone Snowmen
To make the painted rock snowmen, first you’ll need to paint your stones white. They’ll need time to dry, so you can do this part one day and leave the decorating to the next day when the paint will be totally dry.
You can also select stones that are already white, if you want a short cut. Remember the bags of garden centre stones I just mentioned? Yep, you can buy bags of all white – handy tip if you want to save time and get straight to the decorating.
If you’re wanting to leave these painted stones outside afterwards, then using acrylic paint and then sealing with modpodge after you finished decorating is the best way to preserve them for longer.
How to put together the mix and match Snowman craft
First, take two or three stones per snowman – one stone for the head, and one or two for the body.
Then just draw features onto each stone with your sharpies, it can be as simple or as detailed as your kids like so this idea will work for any age of child. Younger children can draw a basic smilie face, older kids can create a detailed snowman with all kinds of adorable features like a top hat, a fun striped scarf and an orange carrot nose.
We added hats, scarves, buttons for the body and little twig arms, along with of course a carrot for the nose. Kids can add their favorite colors and patterns. See how many different combinations you can come up with.
The children can make all kinds of snowman characters, girl snowmen, boy snowmen, old snow people, baby snowmen, even try making a snowman and a snow dog or all kinds of snow animals. Their creativity is the only limit.
Once you’re done, you can mix and match the bodies with each snowman, or stack them up to build your snowman upwards too.
This mix and match stone snowman craft is a great tactile craft and winter sensory play activity for kids.
Why not check out our wild animal story stones too for another even easier way to create play resources for kids using stones. Check the end of this blog post for a few more rock painting inspirations.
More Snowman Crafts
Snowman crafts are some of the easiest and most fun things you can do with kids. Not only are they lots of fun for little ones, but they also encourage creativity and help build motor skills.
Making a snowman even just once during the winter will make it seem like Christmas is on its way! The best part about these crafts is that they require very few materials, which makes them easy to find. Have a browse through all of the ideas we’ve gathered below and you will be sure to find a few ideas that you could try with the kids today, without even going to the shops for supplies.
These crafts also make great gifts to give to friends and family members who live far away. Here, are some ideas for cute snowman crafts that kids will love.
Potato Stamping Snowman Craft – In The Playroom
Cotton Ball Snowman – A Little Pinch of Perfect
Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Tube Snowman – Artsy Momma
Snowman Gift Bags – Crafty Morning
Upcycled Snowman Collage Cards – In The Playroom
Ice Cream Snowman – Glued to My Crafts
Egg Carton Snowman – I Heart Arts n Crafts
Bottle Cap Printed Snowman – I Heart Crafty Things
How to cut Snowman Snowflakes – Pink Stripey Socks
Paper Plate Snowman Scene – In The Playroom
Snowman Paper Dolls – In The Playroom
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Painting stones and rocks has become a big trend in recent years, families love to decorate and hide rocks to bring a smile to people’s faces as part of local rock projects and communities. Here are a few beautiful photographs of rock painting, to give you some ideas and inspiration for how to decorate your rocks to hide in your community or to brighten up your garden or play area.
Heartfelt children’s artwork can not fail to bring a smile to people’s faces. Why not leave a few stone snowmen hiding around the community as a simple act of kindness during the festive season.
We hope you enjoyed all of these snowman craft ideas. Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!
Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.