Got cotton balls and a bored toddler? Then Feed the Snowman is perfect for you.
Toddlers love jobs. They love tasks. They love having something to work for. Toddlers love a goal. At least, every toddler I’ve met. So I’m always looking for activities with a goal to meet – like Feed the Snowman – which is perfect for these job-loving toddlers.
Feed the Snowman is a quick winter spin on one of our favorite activities: Feed the Turkey. You should also check out Fill the Snowman from I Can Teach My Child. It’s an easy way to entertain a toddler on those stuck inside winter days.
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Feed the Snowman is such a fun activity!
I know I give a lot of activities my highest rating of ZOMG but seriously, Feed the Snowman is everything I’m always looking for: easy to set up, normal supplies, holds toddler attention spans for days.
And I mean daaaaaays. My toddler (2.5) has been feeding the snowman for a week straight now. She’s all about feeding that guy.
Here’s the 411 on making this.
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I used a creamer bottle as my snowman which worked great – it was just the right size for snowman feeding. I made a quick face out of construction paper – nothing fancy – and set the snowman in a tray with some cotton balls. And for kicks and giggles, I threw in our favorite plastic tongs (we use them all the time) to make this just a little more challenging.
The easy goal and big time learning in this activity
I quickly told my daughter the goal (fill the snowman with the cotton balls) and modeled once how to use the plastic tongs to lift the cotton balls into the container.
She was off and playing!
This activity is so easy to make but has so much learning involved!
Feed the Snowman works on:
- Fine motor skills
- Hand eye coordination
- Problem solving (sometimes the cotton balls don’t go in exactly right and she’d have to figure out what to do)
- Measurement (this activity secretly works on capacity – how to fill a container and how much it can hold)
The Feed the Snowman obsession is real
What I love most about this activity is how long we can play with it. I’ll keep the cotton balls and the snowman together in a bag or tray and my daughter will most likely play with it for months to come. It’s an easy DIY toy to leave out and let her play with continuously.
Feed the Snowman is perfect winter toddler activity.
When will you make your Feed the Snowman activity?