Okay, okay, so my son didn’t really hang our snowman (that's kind of morbid), but he did build it gradually with each letter he guessed incorrectly in my mystery word. I began with a few of the spelling words my son’s teacher sent home and progressed to a few words of my choosing – the current season (winter) and a favorite toy (ninjago).
To make our game, I created a snowman body and some attire. (Download a 1-page PDF of the snowman I made here.)
The magnet paper is thin enough to cut through so I got busy with the scissors cutting all of the shapes out.
Yes, the stick arms ARE a pain to cut out, but it's totally worth it.
One of the shapes I made is an oval game label. It worked perfectly to hold a piece of notebook paper on our refrigerator.
On the paper were the blanks I’d drawn, one for each letter in the word I was thinking of.
Under the blanks, I recorded the letters he guessed that weren’t in the mystery word (to keep him from guessing them twice).
I’m not going to lie; I gave him hints – sometimes the number of vowels or other clues – to keep him from getting frustrated.
This was so much fun!
NOTE: Our printer’s color ink was pretty depleted, hence our snowman has a pink carrot nose and blue (instead of green) scarf. We still think he's pretty cute though.