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Cotton Ball Snowball Paper Plate Craft

Cotton Ball Snowball Paper Plate Craft

Learning to use glue on small objects helps children master fine motor skills. Last winter as a snowy day craft, my daughter and I made a snowball cotton ball craft together. Picking up and dipping the cotton balls in glue helped her work on her dexterity. And I got a cute handmade craft to hang above my desk.



  1. Give your child a white paper plate and a pile of cotton balls.
  2. Pour some glue onto the scrap cardboard. (Mine is covered in paint from fingerpainting.)
  3. Dip a cotton ball into the glue.
  4. Press the cotton ball onto the paper plate.
  5. Repeat until the paper plate is covered in cotton balls to the satisfaction of the child.

For an adult, gluing cotton balls onto a paper plate might seem like a simple task. However, for a toddler mastering her fine motor skills, just such an activity helps with finger dexterity. My daughter had a great time making a snowball cotton ball craft last winter.

Cotton Balls, Glue, and Paper Plate Pouring Glue on Scrap Cardboard

Toddler Gluing Cotton Balls on a Paper Plate Snowball Cotton Ball Craft

What other crafts help with fine motor skills?

For more fun snow crafts, try my Puffy Snow Paint Craft, Upcycled Sock Snowman Craft, Popsicle Stick Snowflake Craft, Cotton Swab Painted Snowman Craft, Footprint Snowman Craft, and Paper Chain Snowman Craft.

Image Credits

Cotton Ball Snowball Paper Plate Craft © 2014 Heather Johnson
Cotton Balls, Glue, and Paper Plate © 2014 Heather Johnson
Pouring Glue on Scrap Cardboard © 2014 Heather Johnson
Toddler Gluing Cotton Balls on a Paper Plate © 2014 Heather Johnson
Snowball Cotton Ball Craft © 2014 Heather Johnson


  1. Kristi Nelson Renner

    January 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    This looks like a great craft idea for my friend that teaches pre-school. I will share your post with her.

  2. Danielle Knapp

    January 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I have a preschooler and we try to work on our fine motor skills. Will have to try this out with him soon.

  3. Diane Hoffmaster

    January 14, 2016 at 10:41 am

    what a cute craft! We always had a ton of arts and crafts projects going when the kids were little!

  4. Clint

    January 14, 2016 at 11:57 am

    My kids love doing things like this that are hands on and easy but fun. We did one recently where they did this but in the shape of a snowmann. So much fun!

  5. Heidi Gray

    January 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

    This is a great idea for working on fine motor skills. I love that they are “common” household items which makes it even easier to have kids make a fun craft.

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