The up-and-down temperatures of a Maryland winter make me homesick for the winters of my childhood in Northern New York State. My son misses the snow, too, and some winters we don’t get a good chance to make a snowman in our yard.

So I was excited several years ago when he was smaller to find this cute snowman craft on Pinterest. Whether you’ve had enough snow already or are still waiting for flakes to fall, these are an easy way to pass some time, and they last long enough to be played with for a couple of days.

Snowman in a Baggie -- Peace, Baby! Batiks

You’ll need:

Can of shaving cream (the cheap stuff is OK)

Zip-top baggie

Black construction paper or craft foam

Orange craft foam

Glitter (optional)

Snowman in a Baggie -- Peace, Baby! Batiks

Cut enough “coal” pieces for each snowman’s eyes and mouth or ask the kids to cut them. I used a circle punch to make my coal pieces and then ran them through a Xyron sticker maker, but you can also use sticky-back foam or glue to hold your eyes on. Cut triangle “carrots” from the craft foam, one for each snowman.

Give each kid a baggie. Attach the eyes and mouth pieces onto the front. 

Snowman in a Baggie -- Peace, Baby! Batiks

Inside, put the carrot nose and some glitter, if using. Squirt in a generous dollop of shaving cream into the bag and seal, squeezing out some of the air. I taped the bags shut with packing tape.

Snowman in a Baggie -- Peace, Baby! Batiks

Now, get to squishing! See if the kids can line up their snowman’s nose in the proper place on the snowman’s face. Little kids and adults will love the way the shaving cream feels as they squish the bag. The shaving cream will break down after a while, but you can expect to get a couple of days of play out of this guy.

Snowman in a Baggie -- Peace, Baby! Batiks

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