Cotton Ball Snowball Names

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INSIDE: Cotton Ball Snowball Names is a fun way for your little one to learn and practice their names in winter! This great fine motor and name recognition activity is a great for toddlers and preschoolers and even kindergartners.

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How to Create Cotton Ball Snowball Names

Grab a piece of cardboard. Use a marker or sharpie to write your little ones name out in large letters. Place your cotton balls into a bowl.

Next invite your toddler or preschooler to use glue to glue the cotton balls down along each letter. Have them trace each letter with the cotton balls. As they glue the cotton balls down review the sound of each letter with them.


Decorating your Cotton Ball Snowball Name

If this is the first time your little one is using an eye droppers I suggest practicing using them with just water before adding the food colouring.

Once they get the hang of squeezing and letting go to draw the water up the eye dropper you can add the food colouring to the water.

Grab six bowls or glasses and fill them half way with water. Add a few drops of different food colouring into each container. We did all the colours of the rainbow from red to purple.

Invite your child to using the eye droppers to colour the cotton balls or snowballs and create a colourful name!

Containing the Mess

This is indeed a messy activity. The good news is that the cardboard will catch and absorb most of the mess. Make sure to use a piece of cardboard large enough to hold their name with some room on the ends to catch any run off.

Another way to contain the mess is to cover your table in Kraft paper or larger pieces of cardboard to protect it as well. Also dress your child play clothes as the coloured water may stain.

Total Hit

Cotton ball snowball names was such as fun activity that we ended up doing a Christmas Tree and a Menorah versions and a Valentine’s Day version! The best part of the activity was when my daughter figured out that she could reuse the water by sucking it up out of the cotton balls!


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  • Cardboard
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Eye Droppers
  • Food Colouring
  • Bowls or glasses
  • Water


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