In search of a winter playtime idea? Create this easy and adorable snowman activity with an empty water bottle and cotton balls. Turn it into a game perfect for sensory play, hand-eye coordination, and counting fun!
Materials You’ll Need
- Plastic Bottle
- Googley Eyes
- Cotton Balls
- Spoon / Tweezers
Step 1: Prepare Bottle
For this project, you will need an empty, clear water or sports drink bottle. I prefer to use Vitamin Water or Sobe Life Water bottles when available, as they have bigger opening at the top which makes it easier to push and pull the cotton balls in and out of the bottle for continued play.
Begin by removing any labels or stickers to the best of your ability. If you are having any trouble with stickers or label glue, try rubbing alcohol or some Goo Gone. Depending on the liquid that was inside the bottle prior to this project (such as sports drinks or juice), you may have to wash out the bottle with hot water and soap. Allow bottle to fully dry before continuing.
Step 2: Glue Snowman Face & Buttons
I decided to prepare our “snowman in a bottle” activity while the little ones were eating breakfast this morning to be used for a playdate surprise later in the day, so I used a hot glue gun for faster drying time. Feel free to involve the kiddos in the creation of the snowman (or woman) by letting them glue on the pieces themselves with Elmer’s or your glue of choice. Just make sure to allow sufficient drying time.
To create the snowman (or woman) glue on googley eyes, an orange felt triangle for the nose, and three (3) buttons. Add a dotted smile with a black sharpie marker, and finish it off by cutting a piece of ribbon or felt to tie around the neck of the snowman for a scarf. You can also paint the bottle cap black or a desired color (if it is not already colored) as this will be acting as your snowman’s hat.
Step 3: Play
Provide your littles with a bowl of cotton balls, spoons, and tweezers, and let the fun begin! Invite your child to use a spoon as a shovel and see if they can shovel the snowballs (cotton balls) up and into their snowman. Or see if they can use a pair of tweezers to move the snowballs from the bowl to their snowman. Challenge your little and see if they can transport all of their snowballs into their snowman (or woman) bottle without touching the snowballs with their fingers?
This activity is great for practicing hand-eye coordination, as well as balance, when scooping the snowball onto the spoon and transporting it into the top of the bottle. Have your child guess how many snowballs they think will fit inside their snowman, and count as you go. When you’re ready to play again, show your child how to tilt their snowman and use a pair of tweezers to pull the snowballs out of the top.
When not in use, screw on the cap (or snowman hat) and place on a shelf or in a window for a some DIY winter decor for the house!
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