There are so many uses for these easy little snowman figures, from competitive stacking games to imaginative play. All you need are 12 Styrofoam cups and you’re ready to go.
The game couldn’t be easier to set up. First, we cut circles from adhesive-back black felt for the eyes. Whoops – at this point they looked almost like ghosts. Wrong time of year!
Orange carrot noses and little dotted mouths helped set things right. Now they looked like snowmen.
For older kids, you can stage great stacking games to see which formations you can come up with…
…or who can stack them the fastest. Travis had a hard time getting the snowmen into a pyramid, but he loved running the stopwatch and timing while I tried! Note of caution: static electricity can make things especially funny and interesting when it comes to stacking Styrofoam.
After that we used our cups more as a playful prop. Travis set all the snowmen up for a picnic with a campfire.
We decided snowmen would melt if they had a hot campfire, so made it out of… shredded coconut snow!
Nothing wrong with stealing a nibble.
Again, for Travis as a preschooler, stacking into complicated arrangements wasn’t interesting. He preferred to pile the snowmen atop one another into one big stack.
But big kids (and moms and dads!) can heat up the snowman stacking competition to see who goes the fastest, or who comes up with the best stacking arrangement.
What games will you play with your snowmen cups? Please share in the comments!