Traditionally, black coal is used, but you might use pebbles, charcoal, entire black olives, or dried prunes instead. Frosty the Snowman had a button nose, but fresh carrot noses are all the rage these days. Make a snowman smile out of numerous little stones; you may also use raisins or coffee beans. The eyes can be buttons or dried peas.
A stick about as thick as your thumb with a flat end is all you need to make a snowman. You can use a tree branch if there is no suitable stick around.
Children like to play "I'm going to make a snowman", "then shall we build a house?", etc. This activity helps them understand that things usually have two different names because they represent two different ideas. For example, a snowman is a sculpture made of snow and sticks while "snow" is a powdery white substance that covers the ground in winter. "Sticks" are straight objects that support things above or below the ground. So, building a house involves having an idea for where you want to go together with someone who will help you achieve this goal.
You can add decorations to your snowman. You could use colored sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, or fruit peelings such as orange or lemon. You could even use chocolate chips or sprinkles if you wanted to add more color to your snowman.
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Other materials, such as buttons and coal, have been used for a snowman's nose throughout history, but the carrot is the most well-known. Traditionally, a snowman would feature coal eyes and a mouth made of little chunks of coal. A stick was usually inserted into its body to represent its heart.
Carrots were originally used for decorating trees at Christmas time. They are easy to grow in cold climates like Canada's, and since they don't require much water, they are good for arid areas where other plants die off.
However, carrots were also used as a medicine by some Native Americans. They made tea from the roots and drank it for coughs and colds. In fact, there is even evidence that shows that Carrot Root tea was more effective than modern medicines like antibiotics today!
In addition, the carrot has many other uses beyond being a decoration or a health product. It can be used as cooking material by itself or as an ingredient in various dishes. For example, carroty soup is a popular dish in Russia and Belarus. It contains pieces of meat and vegetables with a little bit of potato and some other ingredients. Then the whole thing is boiled together until all the liquid has evaporated.
Eyes and mouth: You don't have to use coal for the eyes (or a coal-like substance). Buttons, pebbles, Hershey's kisses, and even Lifesavers can be used. Sunglasses are my particular fave. You might use a carrot, a cup, a banana, or a candy cane instead of the typical carrot.
Frozen peas for hair: Put some frozen peas into a bag with some water and some salt. Seal the bag and put it in the freezer for about an hour. Remove the bag from the freezer and let the peas thaw out. Rinse the peas under cold water until the liquid is clear. Drain well and you're ready to go!
Wood for feet: If you don't have any other material on hand, then wood is perfect for making snowmen. Of course, you can also use ice if you'd like.
Candy for arms: Candy canes, licorice, jelly beans, and even cookies work great as arm candy. Be careful not to eat all the candy before the end of the season, though; you don't want to cause any dental issues for your snowman.
M&m's for legs: M&m's are the best choice for leg candy. They look like wooden blocks but they melt away into thin strips that are easy to paint.
Licorice for neck: Licorice works great for necks too.
To create the appearance of hands, use long twigs with extra mittens or gloves at the ends. Shirt: Create a false coat front on your snowman or snowlady with buttons, ribbon, or costume jewelry. Pants: Dress up an ordinary snowball into a winter wonder by adding some licorice, cinnamon sticks, or strips of red tapered to a point.
For eyes, cut out two small circles from white paper and glue them on top of each other to make a big one. Add a few black dots for lashes. Outline the face with a black marker and add a nose and mouth using your imagination.
Now that you have a perfect snowman, put him in the garden for spring!
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Other Additions Snowpeople look fantastic in headgear of all kinds! Capes, bonnets, and other clothing items are perfect for adding to your snowmen.
Feet: Use pinecones or beans for feet. Pinecones make cute shoes while beans produce little balls that can be glued onto your snowman's legs.
Wings: Use pieces of paper or cloth covered in glitter or paint. Let the kids get creative! Be sure to give them enough time to do their work before you start painting or gluing their creations together.
Tail: A carrot, beet, or stick can be used as a tail. If using a vegetable, glue it to his back end.
Eyes: Use small stones for eyes. You can also use coffee beans or corn kernels if you don't want to use rocks.
Mouth: Use cotton swabs or Q-tips to add color to your snowperson's mouth.
Nose: Use a piece of wood or a plastic straw as a nose. The kids can use their imagination with this one!