Is it snowing yet where you live? I grew up in cold New England, so I spent my childhood building snowmen during the winter. My own kids have grown up in Florida, though, and a couple of years ago, when we visited family up north, it snowed. They were totally elated, but had no idea what to do when my husband and I suggested building a snowman. If you grew up in the South, or if you have never built a snowman, here are the steps you need to know to build the perfect snowman (or woman).
- Wait for the right type of snow. Some snow is powdery and doesn’t stick together well; this tends to fall when it’s very cold. If the temperature is around the freezing mark, though, then there should be enough water in the snow to make it nice and sticky. If you can make a good snowball, you can make a good snowman; if it falls apart in your hands, then you may need to wait for it to start to melt together a bit, or wait for the next snowfall.
- Start with a snowball. Make a nice big one, and pack it tightly. Then start rolling it around in the snow, letting it pick up mass along the way. Every once in a while, pat it together. Turn it as necessary while rolling to encourage a rounded shape. This will be the bottom of your snowman, so when it starts getting to be the size you want it, roll it over to where you want your snowman to stand.
- Repeat the previous step for the body and the head of the snowman. The body should be a bit smaller than the bottom, and the head should be smaller than the body. Balance them on top of each other, and use loose snow to fill in the gaps and make them stick together well. Push two sticks into the body for arms.
- Now is the fun part: decorating your snowman! You can use rocks or buttons for the eyes and smile. Traditionally, a carrot is used for the nose, but you could use anything you want. If you have Mr. Potato Head, you could even use the pieces that came with the kit to fashion eyes, a nose and a mouth. Wrap a scarf around Frosty’s neck, and stick mittens on his “hands.” Don’t forget to add a hat on top of his head!
- Make a whole snowman family! Mom, Dad, and snowbabies. You could even make a snowpuppy or a snowkitten. Use your imagination when adding accessories and decorations to these! Mr. Snowman could hold a leash attached to Snowpuppy’s neck, and Mrs. Snowman could wear a sling with a snowbaby inside. You could also use bride and groom costumes to make a happily wedded pair, or Hawaiian leis and grass skirts to make hula-dancing snowpeople. See what you have in the costume bin at your house!
Snowman-building can entertain everyone for several hours, and it’s a great workout, besides! Have some hot chocolate ready to enjoy by the fire when you’re done to help thaw cold fingers and noses, and make sure to take pictures before your snowfamily melts away!
Do you have any tips on how to build the perfect snowman?