The Melting Snowman is a Christmas version of the classic game “Hangman” .
Children remove a snowman part, whenever they make a mistake, until the whole snowman has melted away! You can play it when you want to practise grammar οr vocabulary.
How to make the snowman:
- Use this link, if you want a simple printable.
- If you want to have a 3D snowman, use foam cups for the body -you can use more than two- and half a foam cup to make the head. If you don ´t like foam cups, paper plates are also great.
- You can also use a white pompom for the head.
- Pipe cleaners can be used for the arms.
- As a hat you can use a sock. Cut the toe off and roll up the cut end.
- Use an orange pompom for the nose. Cut it into a carrot shape, making one side a little pointy. Make a small hole at the foam cup and stick the pompom into it.
- Use tissue paper for the scarf.
- The feet shapes can be drawn on simple paper.
- The eyes and buttons can be made of pipe cleaners – you could either draw them on the cups.
A good idea would be to ask your students to make their own craft.
Decorate your class or room with them during Christmas.
You can play this game with one player or the whole class. Ask children to take turns to answer your questions or find the missing letters. If you divide the class into teams, the game will be more challenging. You can revise either vocabulary or grammar.
You can prepare as many flashcards as the parts of the snowman. Here’s a split flashcard you can use to revise tenses:
Another alternative of the melting snowman could be the Christmas tree:
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I came across this idea for the Snowman Christmas Countdown and thought: Why not make a kid-friendly version printable? So, here it is!
First, you have to print and cut out all the pieces for the snowman.
The printable includes a top hat, a face, a nose and a scarf. It’s better to stick them all onto construction paper .You could also decorate the hat with buttons, feathers, and Christmas leaves.
Then, you can assemble the snowman by gluing the hat onto the face and attaching the nose with a brad. If you want to extend the idea, you could draw the body of the snowman. Two big white circles of paper will do.