Snowman Painting Activity with Christmas Countdown Book

Kids can paint a snowman picture with recycled lids and empty spools. Get creative with these adorable snowman paintings inspired by a Christmas countdown book.

 Snowman craft art activity for preschoolers

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Reading Christmas books with kids is a special part of the holiday. There are lots of titles to choose from, with interesting stories and wonderful characters. We came across Snowbear's Christmas Countdown at the library recently and not only loved the story, but knew we could have fun with a snowman painting activity.

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In this story, Snowbear plans his Christmas countdown with an activity for each day leading up to the special day. He is able to complete the countdown with the help of his forest friends. He doesn't let a bad cold dampen his holiday spirit!

Snowman pictures kids craft

Kids get excited as the holiday approaches. They will ask 'how many days 'til Christmas', and maybe check off the days on a calendar. Snowbear's calendar page for the month of December is filled with holiday preparations. His plan for Day 7 of the countdown is to build a snowman.

Kids can make a snowman with simple craft materials for their own holiday countdown.

Related: 12 + Christmas countdown activities



Snowman picture painting activity for preschoolers


  • empty sewing spools
  • white craft paint
  • jar lids, 3 sizes
  • biodegradable glitter
  • construction paper


Winter snowman pictures kids painting

Paint the tops of the jar lids, or dip them in paint on a foam tray, and press onto the paper.

If the lids are not completely flat, only the rims of the lids will make an imprint on the paper.


Book inspired snowman painting activity

Paint inside the three circles.

Paint some snow on the ground.

Paint the tops of the spools, or dip them in the paint on the foam tray, and press onto paper for snowflakes.


Kids Christmas book and painting activity

Complete the snowman picture with a hat, a scarf, buttons, eyes and a carrot nose.

  • Dip the eraser end of a pencil in black paint to make the buttons on the body of the snowman
  • Dip the sharpened end of the pencil in black paint to make the eyes and mouth.


Painting picture of snowman with preschoolers


We used the picture on the back cover of the book as a guide to paint our snowman, but kids can be creative with their pictures. Simply provide the materials and each child will have fun making the snowman in his or her own way.

Display the beautiful paintings as part of your holiday decorations at home or at school.

Paint a snowman picture with recyclables


This activity is part of the 30 Christmas Book + Crafts Ideas for Children

Christmas book with craft series for children - Preschool Toolkit


Here is a sample of the activities in this roundup:

Stick Man Play Dough from Emma Owl

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Slime from Schooling a Monkey



Christmas book with craft series for children - Preschool Toolkit


Snowbear's Christmas Countdown is filled with fun ideas to include in a holiday countdown. After reading the book you're sure to be inspired to create your own countdown.


Christmas Pinterest board for holiday crafts and activities.
Snow and Snowmen Pinterest board for snow crafts and activities!



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