Are you looking for a quick and easy snowman craft you can do at school or send home for snow day or winter homework? Do you teach with thematic units or topics and use Snowmen as a theme in December or January? This snow measuring stick makes a great holiday gift for students, or even a craft project you can do with your students or children (And if you’re looking to teach using it, I also found some ways to connect this lesson to math… check out the free worksheets at the bottom of this post!)

When I got out my craft supplies I was searching for a snowman craft that fifth graders would like. Many of the melted snowman, and glittery glue pictures seemed great for early elementary, but I was looking for something my son’s upper elementary class would love too! Since we were making them with the whole class and I wasn’t looking to break the bank, so it also had to be affordable.

That’s when I used inspiration from the Christmas craft we made for their grandparents with 2×4 snowmen exactly each child’s height. What if I made a smaller version of those? What if they could be used to measure snow?

Check out how to make this affordable and easy snowman craft that even big kids will love!

snowman craft snow measuring stick

This snow stick makes a great holiday gift for students, or even a craft project you can do with your students or children!

I’ve created a quick and easy video to show how I created this little stick.

The best part is the extension that follows. I have created a few different templates for students to use where they can either measure the snow on separate days, over time, or even in different areas during the same storm.  These are all printable and no prep. Can you also do this graphing activity without the snow stick? Sure! … But it’s also really fun and not super expensive to make. 

I used the following materials to make my snow measuring snowman craft:

*5 gallon paint stir sticks (you could make smaller ones if you don’t get much snow).

*white craft paint

*3×3 square and 1/2 inch by 8 inch strips of felt (for the hat and scarf)

*Sharpies or permanent markers. You could also use paint but it’s a little harder to be precise.

*Mod Podge


*Hot Glue Gun

*Small piece of ribbon or string to tie to the top.

Then all  you need to do is:

1. Paint the stick white and allow to dry completely.

2. Glue the 3×3 piece of felt across the top as the hat.

3. Use a ruler to mark the inch marks on the stick using sharpie.

4. Draw the face with sharpie.

5. Mod Podge the stick and allow to dry completely.

6. Tie the scarf around and cut fringes in the scarf ends and hat tip.

7. Tie the string around the top of the hat to make it come together.

Get the printable directions and freebie here!

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Wishing you a winter with the perfect amount of snow… which just enough snow days.

For more snowman activities your students will love check out this post:

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