Barneblad: Celebrate the Snowman

Photo: Micky / Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Micky / Wikimedia Commons

Heidi Håvan Grosch
Sparbu, Norway

Make a snowman:
Whether you have snow or not this Christmas, it is still fun to make a snowman. I have been working with second graders in Norway. We’ve learned some poems about a Snowman, so I MADE my own snowman costume! It is easy. Here are the directions:
1. Take an old curtain or sheet and cut a hole in the top (ask an adult first!)
2. Cut out the eyes and mouth from a dark fabric (I used part of a pair of old black jeans).
2. Cut out a nose from orange or red fabric. It is best if the fabric is stiff. If not, use iron-on interfacing to make it stiffer, or sew many layers of fabric together.
3. Attach Velcro to both the sheet body and the face parts.
4. Now you can build your own snowman over and over again.

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch Portrait of the artist as a snowman.

Photo: Heidi Håvan Grosch
Portrait of the artist as a snowman.

snowman quiz:
Quizzes are very popular in Norway. Here is one for you!
1. What is the Norwegian name for Frosty the Snowman?
2. Which popular recent children’s movie has the song “Skal vi lage snømann?”
3. Who made the first snowman?
4. How big was the biggest snowman ever built?
5. Is snow always white?
6. What percent of the earth’s surface is covered permanently in a layer of snow?
(Find the answers at the bottom of this post!)

snowman songs
Here is a poem to use as you put the parts on the snowman. You can find many versions on YouTube if you look for “I’m a little snowman.” (Sung to the tune of “I’m a little teapot”).
I’m a little snowman round and fat
Here are my eyes, big and black
Add a smiling mouth, and a carrot nose
I stand so tall when the cold wind blows.

I’m a little snowman round and fat
Here are my mittens, here is my hat
Add a little scarf (round your middle it goes)
I stand so tall when the cold wind blows.
(make a “whooshing” wind sound when you get to the wind part)

Here is another snowman poem that my Norwegian second graders like.Snow Pal Song (sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Great big ball, great big ball (Make your arms into a big circle)
Made of snow, made of snow (Wiggle your fingers like it is snowing)
Rolling down the street (Roll your hands over each other)
Landing at my feet (Stomp your feet)
Great big ball, great big ball.

1. Snømannen Kalle (words in Norwegian at:
2. “Do you want to build a snowman” from the movie Frozen.
3. No one really knows. But there are images of snowmen from the Middle Ages.
4. The largest snowman recorded was a 122-foot (37 meter) snow-woman in Bethel, Maine, in 2008.
5. No. In the Victorian era when there way a lot of smoke pollution from factories, the snow was gray. In places with red soil, like Prince Edward Island, the snow can be pink.
6. 12%

This article is a part of Barneblad, a monthly feature by Heidi Håvan Grosch to share with kids and grandkids.

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 19, 2014, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly.

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