One of our favorite Christmas movies is Frosty the Snowman, so I thought it would be fun to create a family night based around Frosty. You can fill your night with crafts, books, movies, and a special treat all based on that lovable Snowman. Today I'm sharing microwave puff paint snowmen, snowman hot chocolate, and a few snowman book suggestions. I hope this will help you have your own Frosty the Snowman family night.
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Microwave Puff Paint Snowmen
White and black puff paint (I used the recipe found on Teach Preschool)
Card stock or cardboard
I made up a batch of the puff paint that I found on Teach Preschool. Deborah's recipe makes a lot, so if you're doing this for your family, you will want to halve the recipe. I only made white and black, but you can make any color you want by using food coloring. I also cut my card stock in half so it would go in the microwave easier.
Our plan was to paint a few snowman masterpieces. The girls loved playing with the goopy paint. It was fun to paint a little sloppy and to experiment with dripping the paint (the paint is really thick!) Once we were done, we popped the pictures in the microwave one by one. It was fun to watch the paint harden and puff while in the microwave. Our pictures only took about 20 seconds each in our high-powered microwave. Watch your pictures carefully, you can tell it's done when your card stock starts curling up on the end. You can see the fun three-dimensional effect you can get once they're done! Oh, and one other tip, make sure and wash out your paint brushes immediately after painting. At that point, they're very easy to clean. But, if you wait, the paint will harden on the brushes making it terribly hard to clean.
We read one of my old Little Golden Books, Frosty the Snowman. I know this book is not available unless you happen across one in a thrift store. You can try this updated version. I haven't read it to know it the two books are the same. But, don't worry, if you don't have a book about Frosty, any book about snowmen would work. Here are a few suggestions:
- The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler
- The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
- Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
- Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner
- Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
In addition to the books, watching the original Frosty the Snowman would be a great way to end the evening.
Snowman Hot Chocolate
We couldn't have a Frosty the Snowman night without a special treat, so I whipped up these simple mugs of snowman hot chocolate. I simply used instant hot chocolate with plenty of whipped cream squirted on the top. To make the face, I used miniature chocolate chips. It was that easy and everyone loved them!
If you want another special treat, check out these snowman pancakes that Glittering Muffins made.
Now it's time to plan a fun family night to celebrate the season. What snowman activities would you add?