These oh so cute snowball shooters are a snap to make and are a hilariously fun way to explore some key concepts in physics. They are the perfect compliment to our Force and Motion Activity Pack!
To make each snowball shooter, we grabbed:
- Toilet paper tube
- White paper (I used cardstock for durability)
- Glue Stick
- Tape (optional)
- White pom poms or cotton balls
- Washi Tape, Ribbon, or fabric scraps (optional, for embellishment)
First, I cut an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper into four pieces that were each 4.25 in x 5.5 inches.
Then the kids and I drew a snowman face and buttons on the middle of each piece of paper.
Next, we flipped the paper over, used the glue stick to cover the back, and glued it to the toilet paper tube.
I secured the seam with a piece of tape. Of course, no snowman is complete without a scarf! We used washi tape and some felt scraps to add a little coziness to our snowmen.
Finally, I tied off the end of a white balloon, cut the very tip off the top, stretched it over the bottom of the toilet paper tape, and the snowballs were ready to fly.
We made our first few using the white balloon for the bottom so our snowmen could “blow their tops” as my 7 year old said. But using a colored balloon as a hat for the top of the snowman works too and is guaranteed to get a lot of giggles when the snowman shoots snowballs out his behind!
Playing with the Snowman Shooters
Just playing with the shooters had my kiddos explore several concepts in physics: gravity, energy, and principles of angle, trajectory, and velocity.
They figured out that the more they pulled back on the balloon, the further the pom pom flew.
Then they tried perfecting their aim by banking the pom poms off the ceiling to hit each other.
After awhile, my 4 year old started testing other small items to see how they flew. Little did he know he was exploring how weight affects a projectile. Take away all the giggles, and you’ve got an afternoon of angles and trajectories, mass and velocity, geometry and physics.
Continue the Fun!
Grab our Force and Motion Activity Pack and then scroll down to find even more snowman activities for kids!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Exploding Snowman Baggie: Winter Snow Science for Kids // Science Kiddo
Snowman Number Match Printable // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Preschool Snowman Activity Pack // Schooling a Monkey
Snowball Shooter // The STEM Laboratory
Snowman Teen Number and Ten Frame Match // Recipe for Teaching
Snowman Subtraction Mats // The Kindergarten Connection
Snowman Alphabet Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Snowman Writing Paper with Prompts // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Snowman Printable Fact Family Activity // DIY Farm Wife
Snowman Pattern Block Mats // Playdough to Plato
Snowman Sequencing Fun // Sara J Creations
Snowman Sight Word Search // Adventures of Adam
Winter Snowman Ten Frame Printable // Fun with Mama
Snowman Rhyming Puzzles // Fairy Poppins
Snowman CVC Word Match // Letters of Literacy
Two Digit Number Snowmen // Play & Learn Everyday