We made melted snowman ornaments in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on December 15, 2011

in Christmas, Melted Snowman Ornaments

We made these little snowman ornaments in my pre-k class a couple of weeks ago and last week one of my little boys said, “Mrs. Stewart – those melted snowmen we made last week were really great! We are giving mine to my grandma!”  So with this great review – I wanted to share them with you!

You will need some plastic cups (the clear kind but not the crystal clear kind).  I don’t know what number is on the bottom of these cups but you will want to try this first on your own to make sure your cups will melt. I tried a couple of different kinds of cups like the one shown below and both worked fine…

I let my students use permanent markers to draw their snowmen face on the cups. My students love permanent markers and we use them often so the children are very good about using them carefully…

While the children were decorating their cups, I had the oven preheating over at my house to 250 degrees Fahrenheit…

Once everyone had completed their cups (they were drawing snowman faces on their cups) – then we took a quick fieldtrip over to my house to bake them in the oven (my house is a brief walk across the parking lot from the preschool). I could have baked them without the children present (and so can you) – but I really wanted the children to see the melting in progress….

I printed each child’s name and the year on the back of each cup before putting them in the oven to make them a fun keepsake at home.  I let the children watch the snowmen melt. The oven wasn’t hot to the touch so we were good there but I still reminded the children not to touch the oven and they all did very well.

Once the snowmen (cups) were all melted, then we took them out. It takes about 2  to 3 minutes for the cups to melt down and they cool in about 30 to 60 seconds…

Our melted snowmen went right home (the parents were outside waiting so I didn’t get to take a better photo of the finished snowmen before they went home!).  This is something so simple that I have told my students if they want to make them again any time soon, just say the word and we will give them another go!


Links to Grow On…

I love the Christmas Playdough Snowman from Learning 4 Kids!

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