This is a super fun and easy winter activity that had my three year old entertained for almost two hours!? After the 4th doing it I had to tell her that this would be the last time!
The only thing you need that can’t be controlled is snow. So save this one for the next time it snows and your kids will have a blast!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
- Food Coloring
- Turkey Baster
- Eye Dropper
- Small Bowls
- Baking Sheet
- Old kitchen towel or regular towel
The first thing to do is to set up the coloured water for painting. We painted with six colours (pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple).
Add a drop or two of the food colouring for each colour into separate bowls. Then add water and mix in the food colouring.
To make green mix yellow and blue and to make purple mix pink or red with blue.
Lay down a few towels under the everything. If you don’t want your kitchen towels to get stained with food colouring you can lay down a few layers of craft paper on your table or a plastic sheet to help protect it.
Gather all the tools – turkey baster, syringe, and eye dropper. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these items just grab what you have. Your little one will still have fun with just a turkey baster.
Time to get the snow canvas! Grab your baking sheet and head outside (don’t forget to put on a hat and boots!). The key to having the snow last inside without melting into a puddle of water in 5 minutes is to pack lots of snow on the baking sheet.
Pack the snow down on the baking sheet. Bring it inside and lay it beside the bowls of coloured water and all your fine motor tools.
Have your little one use the tools to pick up the coloured light and draw on the snow.
At first my three year old picked up the liquid and dumped it in one spot. By the fourth round of fresh snow canvas she was using the tools to make circles and swirls.
To say that this was a hit was an understatement. And the bonus is that they are strengthening those all important fine motor skills that will help write and do up buttons as they mature.
My three year old loved this activity so much it will definitely become a staple every snow day from here on out!
Best thing to do is to take a picture of your lovely snow canvas then dump it before it melts too much. I dumped the first few outside in the snow and grabbed some more fresh snow for another canvas.
But if it got too watery I just dumped the canvas in the sink.
WILL YOU TRY SNOW ART WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE THE NEXT TIME IT SNOWS? Pin it for later!
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