My son's preschool has an adorable version of this Mr. Potato Head dice game... so I thought it would be fun to tweak it a bit and make a Snowman one!
Today I am excited to share this simple build a snowman dice game you can use to help kids explore numbers!
The goal of the game is to BUILD your SNOWMAN! This is a fun game to play with a partner, so print out at least 2 copies of everything. It is best if you laminate the pieces before you use them.
Materials Needed: snowman parts printable, dice parts cheat sheet, dice, scissors, snowman body template, and a large Ziploc bag to hold the pieces when you are done.
1. Grab your dice parts cheat sheet and snowman parts sheet and color them in. Then cut out the body parts. Laminate them to make them more durable.
2. Lay out the parts next to your dice cheat sheet. Each child needs a dice cheat sheet, a snowman template, and a set of snowman body parts.
3. Take turns rolling the dice. When it is your turn, roll the die and then add the body parts that the number tells you. For example, #1 = eyes... so the child would add both green eyes if they rolled a 1.
4. Pass the die to the next child and let them roll. I would recommend playing this game in pairs or groups of three. Groups of more than three requires kids to wait a lot of time for their turn!
5. Add body parts on each roll. If you roll a number that you have already rolled, pass the die to the next friend. Your turn is skipped.
The game can be competitive if you want... and the child that finishes building their snowman first can be the winner. I typically try to avoid talking about winners too much with 2-3 yr olds because that usually means that there was a loser... and most kids that age aren't really ready for that sort of play yet... so be aware of that as you decide how to play.
We stored all the pieces in a large ziploc bag (along with a smaller version of the dice cheat sheets).
You could easily have kids work on teams together to build their snowmen, instead of having each child work individually. If you want to draw six more parts you could even use two dice and have the kids add the numbers together.
We just stuck to six parts for our version because we were always working on...
- talking about colors and shapes
- counting and number recognition
- reading number words
- fine motor skills while we placed little pieces on the snowman
This little game was the hit of preschool the other day, so I'm sure your little ones will love it too. It is such a fun way to introduce numbers and counting!
In addition to playing our snowman game today, we finally put our Christmas tree up! I am hoping my daughter doesn't maul it when she sees it in the morning. It is smack dab in the center of our playroom and I refuse to clutter the room with baby gates. I plan to keep the ornaments up high and just have soft or unbreakable ones down low. Wish me luck.