Pop-up Snowmen

By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Make a fun pop-up snowman with this week’s craft from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Ages: 5 and up.

Materials: 6″ X 9″ white construction paper, cardboard snowman pattern (see instructions), pencils, scissors, scrap paper, glue sticks and markers.


Create a 3″ snowman pattern out of cardboard.  It is simply three circles – one large, the second smaller, and the third the smallest – one on top of each other.

Fold the white paper in half.

Using the snowman pattern, place the top of the head of the snowman along the fold of the white paper. The snowman pattern is upside down on the fold line.

Using a pencil, trace around the pattern.

Cut along the pencil edges of the snowman, leaving the bottom edge of the head of the snowman on the fold line uncut.

Unfold the paper and push out and fold up the pop-up snowman.

Create a hat out of scrap paper. Create a face, arms and a winter background with markers.


A good way to introduce your children to pop-ups is to read to them The Snowmen Pop-up Book by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner.  It is a delightful book that answers the question, “What do snowmen do at night?” You might also want to share the following poem:

The Pop-up Snowman

I am a pop-up snowman
round and fat,
here are my mittens,
and here is my hat.
Add a little scarf and a
carrot nose.
I stand tall when the
cold wind blows.


The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.


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