Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake

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AHEAD: Cotton ball snowflake is a fun and easy to create fine motor art activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Create a colourful snowflake using coloured water this winter!

Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake

Looking for more Fun Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza Activities? Check out these fun ideas:

How to Create A Cotton Ball Snowflake

Grab a piece of cardboard, your glue and lots of cotton balls. Draw a rough outline of a snowflake on your cardboard using a pencil.

Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake

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Next, glue down you cotton balls over your drawing in the shape of a snowflake similar to the photo reference below.

Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake

Creating your Cotton Ball Snowflake

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.

Cotton Ball Rainbow Menorah

Once they get the hang of it 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.

Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake

Invite your child to using the eye droppers to colour the cotton balls and create a rainbow snowflake!

Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake

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 the snowflake with some room on the ends to catch any run off.

Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake

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.

Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake

Total Hit

This was such as fun activity that we ended up doing a Christmas Tree and a Menorah versions! 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!

Cotton Ball Rainbow Snowflake


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


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