Digital Snowman Art Project
Do you need an exciting and engaging winter activity that will work for both your virtual and in-person students? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your students will feel successful in making their own digital snowman. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with thebook, “Sneezy the Snowman.”
Digital Snowman for Kids Preview
Overview of How To Build a Snowman Activity
First, your students will pick wintry background to place all their digital snowman templates onto. Then, they will add background images like wind, snowflakes, and trees. Next, they’ll place their Frosty the Snowman. Then, they’ll add tree branch arms and a face. Lastly, they’ll dress their snowman up with a scarf, mittens, a hat or earmufffs, and a vest. To complete the scene, they’ll add some fun extras such as a broom, snow shovel, or sled.
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have students take a picture of where their Frosty is in real life and then have them insert that into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach students about composition and lighting. This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about space, overlapping, and cool colors.
These digital build a snowman templates include 193 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own unique Frosty. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach students how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital build a snowman templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 12 Student Directions Slides – These slides explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Student Useable Background Slides – These include images of a snowy ground. This is where students will place their house parts onto. Any background slide a student is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 193 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their snowman. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for students in first through fifth grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show students a completed version of the project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Virtual Snowman Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in Slides, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have children use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital snowman templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have students take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it into the slide.
- How do I get the digital snowman templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Very easy! Check the bottom of page 2 and the middle of page 3.
This worked great as a distance learning craft for my hybrid students. The synchronous students were making the craft in class the online kiddos used this and felt like they were part of the class! – Tracy S.
I assigned this resource to my students before we went on winter break and they really enjoyed it. Not only was it engaging and of high interest to my students, it was also a great way for them to further practice their computer skills. I appreciated the ease of use and the variety of accesory options. I will be using this resource with future classes! – Courtney S.
This was the perfect activity before we went off on winter break. Not only did the students enjoy creating and designing multiple snowmen, but they also learned valuable skills such as copying and pasting within google slides. I will definitely be using this in future years. – Ana G.