Cotton Ball Snowball Sensory Craft for Preschoolers

This snowball ornament is an easy Christmas decoration for preschoolers to make. The cotton balls provide a fun sensory and fine motor activity.  Kids will love hanging this soft fluffy ornament on the Christmas tree.

snowball cotton ball craft for kids

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This simple snowball activity is simply fun! Toddlers and preschoolers will love how these snowballs feel - soft and squishy - and how pretty they look on the Christmas tree.

We've made a Christmas angel and a Christmas ornament with foam balls so we thought it would be fun to make a decoration with cotton balls.

The soft materials and threading tools used in this activity support sensory and fine motor experiences for young learners.

Snowball ornament craft

A snowball ornament is easy for kids to make with cotton balls and a plastic sewing needle.  

This activity is simple to set up for one or two kids at a time, or for a small group in a play date or kindergarten classroom. 


Supplies for a snowball ornament craft


Materials list




Lace cotton balls onto a length or yarn

Thread cotton balls onto a length of yarn. Don't worry if the needle doesn't push through neatly - the fluffier the better when making a snowball ornament.


 cotton ball ornament preschool craft

Tie the lacing yarn to form a hanger for the snowball ornament

Draw the cotton balls together snugly into a circle. Tie the ends of the lacing yarn to make a hanger.


Scrunch the cotton ball ornament in your hands to shape the snowball

Now comes the fun part! Squish the cotton balls in your palm to shape the snowball just the way you want it.

Snowball Christmas ornament craft for kids

Add a decorative bow with narrow ribbon.

Decorate the Christmas tree with this soft and fluffy snowball ornament.

This activity combines fine motor and sensory play for preschoolers as they lace up cotton balls, tie ribbons, and squish a snowball ornament in their hands!

 Sensory kids craft ornament


Find this craft along with resources from other family bloggers at The Resourceful Mama Kid Craft Challenge.


Snowball Christmas ornament craft for kids


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