1. Homemade Floam: shaped into snowmen...some of them were puddly but they were the cutest ones. Mixing polystyrene beads with Elmer's glue and starch...messy but fun! Here is another link to Growing a Jeweled Rose with pics and recipe. I will add that from personal experience I have seen a variety of outcomes depending on size of the polystyrene beads. Once we used the tiny microbeads and the snowmen tended to "melt" rather than hold their shape. But this resulted in REALLY cute partially melted snowmen. I found that mixing both the regular size and micro size yielded a nice malleable mixture. I also started using styrofoam balls and coating them with the mixture. This way they held shape well and used less mixture. If you do this flatten tops and bottoms of balls (except for top of the head) so that they sit well on each other.
2. Paper plate snowmen decorated with yarn hair and buttons. Here are some examples I found on Google Images (click on pic to go to original link).
3. Plastic 12 oz. soda bottles covered with cotton balls and a styrofoam head...decorated with pipe cleaner arms, straw doll hats, buttons. Extremely Cute! (I really should have taken photos!)
5. Marshmallow snowmen that can be eaten. Who says you can't play with your food?
6. Ms. Debbie's idea: Tear pieces of white paper and glue onto blue paper in shape of snowman, add features with other colors of paper or buttons, etc. Really cute!
7. Snow Paint: Mix equal parts shaving cream and white glue, add some glitter for shimmer. Use this mixture to paint snowmen or snow scenes.t: Mix equal parts shaving cream and white glue, add some glitter for shimmer. Use this mixture to paint snowmen or snow scenes.
Homemade snow: Using snow cone or ice shaving machine to produce fake snow for throwing against the side of the building, melting, touching, eating. Some kids never get to see and play in snow so this is fun for them.
Snowballs: Rolled up, balled up plastic grocery bags or socks. No pain snowball fights. The little guys REALLY enjoy this.
Paper snowflakes: An old favorite.
Crystal snowflakes: grow them on pipe cleaners with borax solution.
Dress-a-bear in winter clothes. Get a big stuffed teddy bear and some toddler sized winter clothing (my bear required size 18-24 months). Goodwill is a great place to pick up cheap items. You can also purchase multiple mittens or socks to make matching activities.