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Naturally Educational » 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture » How to Make a Sock Snowman

How to Make a Sock Snowman

My kids have been so eager to make a snowman. We finally got a snowfall and we were all too sick to enjoy. In the meantime, they were able to make these easy sock snowmen!


  • white athletic sock
  • rice
  • yarn
  • googly eyes and other embellishments (felt, pom poms, buttons)


1. Fill the sock about 3/4 of the way with rice.

2. Tie off the sock, tight.

3. Fold the top of the sock down over the knot to create a hat.

4. Tie a yarn scarf around to bisect the sock into a body and a head.

5. Decorate.

Educational Connections:

  • Art History: The earliest known illustration of the snowman is from the Book of Hours, c. 1380. During the Renaissance, snowmen were used in political commentary. Snowmen are accessible because anyone can get the material for free and they are also an example of temporary art. What other art can be made from freely available materials? What other types of temporary art can you find? (Check out the History of the Snowman)
  • Popular Culture: What snowmen do you know from popular culture? Why do snowmen seem so magical? What is the largest snowman on record?
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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5 Responses to "How to Make a Sock Snowman"

  1. Katie says:

    That looks like so much fun..and easy too…I am not the craftiest person in the world..haha! My kids would love it!

  2. So cute!! I’m going to Pin this!

  3. Rosemary says:

    What a great way to use those “orphan” socks that we all accumulate!. I suppose you could use any grain or beans that will help the snow people stand straight.

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