There’s so many activities to make while leading up to Christmas, and once we get to Valentines Day, but there’s this “dead zone” called January in the middle. I LOVE making these with my students during the month of January. We have a party at the end of every month if my children show a certain amount of expected behaviors, so this is a perfect time for this fun activity.
I will warn you: I did not make a “model” one myself, so the pictures aren’t the prettiest. BUT they’re authentic – my students really did make the snowmen you see in these pictures
OK, so first you get the ingredients:$$Money Saving Tip$$: If your grocery store has a “bulk food/pay per pound” section, shop for the Reese’s and chocolate coins there. Then you only have to pay for what you need and you don’t have a ton leftover.
Have your children put a pretzel stick through the middle of the bottom donut:
and then stack the other two donuts on top. By this point, the kids were getting excited and I stopped taking step-by-step pictures, but I think you get the point.
We put a little bit of icing on the top donut to secure the coin. Then we put a little bit of icing on top of the coin to secure the Reese’s cup. Now your snowman has a hat!
Stick a pretzel rod (or break them in half) and stick them into the middle donut to make your snowman arms.
Then, I let the kids put some gel icing on the top donut to make the snowman face. We tried to get M&Ms to stick for the buttons, but they were too heavy.
Once they’re all done, they are allowed to devour their snowman! I SO wish I could show you pictures of my sweet little students eating their snowmen – they were SO happy! Here’s a sneak-peek of their little powdery smiles:
This is a great activity for building language. I have my students request all of the their ingredients (in a full sentence), “Can I please have 3 donuts?”… “I want a chocolate coin please.” Then we work on positional terms, such as:
“Put the pretzel inside the hole.”
“Stack the donut on top.”
“Put the pretzel arm on the middle donut.”
“Put the coin on top of the highest donut.”
“Put the Reese’s cup on top of the coin.”
The possibilities are endless! Have FUN with your kids – tell me if you end up using this craft with your students or your own kids at home!
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