Aerial View Snowmen


Second grade started their aerial view snowmen this week. Projects like this almost always showcase the kids different personalities. There are usually some very neat and tidy ones, some cute ones, some funny ones, and some that you might think are not going to be recognizable as snowmen but end up being the most creative and fun.

Here is what we have so far:

We started with a small 6×6 piece of paper for the background. We added snowflakes and swirls and dots with a white crayon and then painted with blue watercolor. We have already made one other crayon resist project this year but it never fails to make them ooh and aah when they see it happen.


Then we used oil pastels to draw a circle inside each of our snow balls. We used our fingers to smudge around the edges to give it a more 3d quality.


Next, we cut our circles out and glued the largest to the background. I had small squares of cardboard cut for them to stack two together between the remaining parts of the snowman.



Next week we will finish adding the details of the carrot nose, stick arms, and the scarf! Can’t wait to see all the personalities emerge!

The snowmen are finished and they are so cute!






38 responses »

  1. Last week we made your snowmen and because the children liked the process so much I addapted your idea. So yesterday we made Santa with a fir tree 🙂

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  3. These are the cutest snowmen ever. I would love to do this with my 2nd graders. Did you draw out all the circles for each student before class?

  4. I love your melting snowmen! I was going to try as well. Just have a couple of questions. On the 3 circles that you used for the snowmen, it looks like you have it on paper towels. Would white card stock paper be ok to use? Also is the blue that you show in the picture the oil pastel? In the finished pictures, it looks like the circles are painted white. Just trying to figure out if the oil pastel that you used is the blue or the white or both? Thanks for your help!

    • No, i think i took the picture of the circles while they were on the board and the projector was on which gave it that paper towel looking texture. I used our 80lb white paper. 🙂 And yes, we used blue oil pastel on the edges of the circles – no white paint.

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  8. We loved your snowmen “snow” much! We made them in our 2nd grade classroom to follow up the book Snowmen at Night. They led to wonderful narrative writing of snowmen adventures. Thanks for sharing!

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