How to build the best snowman ever
By Aimee Heckel
Looking to build the best snowman ever with your kids this winter? Here are some advance snowman building tips straight from the experts: Colorado mountain natives.
1. Give him a good home. Don’t just plop the bottom snowball anywhere. Place it under a tree, an overhang or somewhere that will protect him from the wind and, most importantly, the sun.
2. Build from the bottom-up. This might seem like common sense, but we’ve included it for the newbies.
3. Enlist colors. Food coloring does wonders to make your snow creature stand out. Use a dab of red for his cheeks, blue for his eyes, green for his bow or buttons. You can add a lot of detail and dimension with color. It’s also fun to color snow with spray bottles. This is a great task for younger kids, who might not be able to pack a snowball yet.
4. Get a snowman-decorating kit, like this one at Hearthsong, $29.98. It’s sort of like Mr. Potatohead on ice. Hearthsong’s kit contains more than 40 different features, from eyes to buttons to hats. Change up your snowman’s identity every morning, until he melts.
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5. Add props. Set up a scene for Frosty. Give him an umbrella or snow shovel. Or a sign. Decorate him for the big football game, or put him in an ugly sweater.
6. Consider making something other than a traditional snowman. A snow dog? A snow castle? Build him upside down, on his head. Build an army of tiny snowmen out of snowballs.
Think about how much fun you have on the beach with sand and see if you can translate it to the snow. Tip: You’ll need the right kind of snow, of course. A little wet and sticky, not too powdery.
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