Snowman Bean Mosaic & Snowman Soup

The snowman is arguably the most recognized and best loved icon of the winter season.  For centuries, snowman appeal has crossed cultures and continents.  Here’s a peek at our favorite snowman history finds, along with a snowman bean mosaic art project and a warming snowman soup.

Bean Mosaic Snowman and Soup

Snowman History

Chances are you can name five famous snowmen before your child can finish “silly smelly snowman slips and slides” three times. But, a snowman is more than just pop-culture amusement.  We found The History of the Snowman by Bob Eckstein to be a fabulous discovery of the snowman throughout history, revealing a timeless effigy that reflects the common culture of humanity.  Here’s a fun five:

(1) Snowmen were popular in the Middle Ages when artistic resources were scarce and snow dropped freely from the sky.

(2) About the time Columbus discovered America, a young Michelangelo created a snow sculpture in an Italian ruler’s courtyard.

(3) Every year since 1818 the people of Zurich, Switzerland celebrate spring by blowing up a snowman!

(4) One of the earliest photographs has a snowman in it.

(5) A snowman is one of the first forms of fork-art.

Snowman Bean MosaicSnowman Bean Mosaic

Bean mosaics are an ideal art project to help your child recognize colors, shapes, and patterns.  Your child will delightfully transform a simple design with few details into an elaborately textured work of art.  To keep this project quick & easy, use the Think Snow! technique.  That is, “pile it up” and “shake it off”.  Detailed instructions follow.

Supplies

  • Snowman Pattern (Free Printable)
  • Navy Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Split Peas
  • Orange Lentils
  • School Glue
  • Paint Brush, optional

Navy Beans, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Split Peas, & Lentils

Instructions

Download and print the Snowman Bean Mosaic Template HereSnowman Bean Mosaic Template

Carrot Nose

Outline the perimeter of the orange carrot nose with a thin line of glue.  Apply glue abundantly to interior of carrot nose and spread to cover evenly.  Think Snow!  “Pile it up” by covering the entire area with orange lentils, extending beyond the edges as shown.  Let set for 2-3 minutes.  “Shake it off” by tipping the project so loose lentils fall off.  Capture the loose lentils on a scrap piece of paper for use on a future project.

Carrot Nose with Orange Lentils

 

Green Leaf

Outline the perimeter of the green hat leaf with a thin line of glue.  Apply glue abundantly to interior of  hat leaf and spread to cover evenly.  Repeat for 2nd green hat leaf.  Think Snow!  “Pile it up” by covering the entire area with green split peas, extending beyond the edges as shown.  Let set for 2-3 minutes.  “Shake it off” by tipping the project so loose split peas fall off.

Hat Leaf with Green Split Peas

Hat Band

Outline the perimeter of the red hat band with a thin line of glue.  Apply glue abundantly to interior of  hat band and spread to cover evenly.  Think Snow!  “Pile it up” by covering the entire area with red kidney beans, extending beyond the edges as shown.  Let set for 2-3 minutes.  “Shake it off” by tipping the project so loose kidney beans fall off.  Use fingers to slightly adjust beans as needed to fill in gaps and straighten the edge.

Black Hat

Outline the perimeter of the black upper hat section with a thin line of glue.  Apply glue abundantly to interior of upper hat and spread to cover evenly.  A wide-tipped paint brush is helpful when spreading glue across large areas.  Think Snow!  “Pile it up” by covering the entire area with black beans, extending beyond the edges.  Let set for 2-3 minutes.  “Shake it off” by tipping the project so loose black beans fall off.  Use fingers to slightly adjust beans as needed to fill in gaps and straighten the edge.  Repeat these steps for black hat rim.

Hat Band with Red Kidney Beans & Top Hat with Black Beans

Eyes & Smile

Outline and fill the black eyes with glue as before, but carefully place several black beans to fit within the shape.  Squeeze a dab of glue on each dot of the smile and carefully place one black bean on each.

Face

Outline the perimeter with a line of glue.  Carefully place white navy beans in a single row along the perimeter, as shown.  Let set 2-3 minutes.   Apply glue abundantly to interior of face and spread to cover evenly.  Think Snow!  “Pile it up” by covering the entire area with white navy beans, but this time keep the beans within the perimeter.  Use fingers to adjust beans as needed to fill in around eyes, nose, and smile.  Let set for 2-3 minutes.  “Shake it off” by tipping the project to allow loose beans to fall off.

Allow project to dry completely.

Snowman Bean Mosaic Face

Snowman Soup

1  cup Navy Beans

1 cup Black Beans

1 cup Kidney Beans

1/2 cup Split Peas

1/2 cup Orange Lentils

3 quarts vegetable broth

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup celery, thinly sliced

1 cup carrots, thinly sliced

1 can diced tomatoes

2 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp parsley flakes

1 tsp salt

½ tsp thyme

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp pepper

2 bay leaves

Soak beans overnight in 2-1/2 quarts of water.  Drain and rinse thoroughly.

Add beans and 4 quarts water to stockpot.  Boil hard for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat and cook for 1-1/2 hours, or until beans are soft.  Drain completely.

Add all ingredients to clean stockpot.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.  Remove bay leaves before serving.

Snowman Soup

Bean Mosaic SNOWMAN Soup

 

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