We have been spending a lot of time outside in the snow. If you have joined us before, you likely know my kids love to be outside and they also love art. So it makes sense that theses two loves join often. We had some fun with eye dropper snow art and then some fun with drawing in the snow with markers to make a road for toy trucks. This snow painting activity came from drawing with markers … except it ended SO MUCH COOLER!
Now, I am afraid these pictures do not do this snow painting activity enough justice. The end result is beautiful – the art looks almost spray painted. And the process is child-led, fairly mess-free, and very simple.
Here is how we did snow painting with kids:
First of all, the kids drew pictures with markers. Any pictures work, but Madeline did her’s with different shades from the same colour family … purples and shades of blue … and it ended up looking really neat. Another tip is to leave some snow in between some of the drawing because it lets the marker’s bleed onto the white snow in the next step … which brings us to the next step.
Next, we took a spray bottle filled with water, set the dial to a little stronger than a mist, and sprayed the pictures. The colours blended together, bled onto the white snow, and took on a tie-dye appearance. It was so neat to watch!
It was also interesting for Sam, my preschooler, to play with the different streams of water and watch what happened to the snow. Of course, he loved the ‘jet’ function which clean shot a hole in the snow.
We have been having a lot of fun getting creative outside … perhaps it is all that fresh air that is pumping little brains with oxygen … but the creativity that is happening out there lately is remarkable 🙂
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Sheena @ http://thekeeperofcheerios.blogspot.com/ says
Oh my gosh this is such a fun project, how creative! I might have to try this, we have lots of snow outside, along with stir crazy kids wanting to play in it. Thank you for sharing
Sheena @ http://thekeeperofcheerios.blogspot.com/
Thank you Sheena! Bundle up my friend … it kept mine outside for quite some time!!
This is amazing! Creative, beautiful and tons of fun!
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Jeanette Nyberg says
This is soooooo cool! Of course I have to see this now that our snow is about to all melt away tomorrow….
SO glad you like it Jeanette … though snow melting away is nothing to complain about my friend!!!!
This looks super fun, BUT we couldn’t find a spray bottle and couldn’t take baby outside to do this. I put the snow in a large container, had toddler color it, and asked her if she thought the colors would stay the same once the snow melted; she said yes. She was pleasantly surprised the next morning to find out she was wrong 🙂
What a fun Science experiment for your toddler! Thank you so much for sharing!
Do the markers still work on paper after getting wet when colouring the snow? Looks like fun!
Great question Kelly! And no, I’m afraid they are toast afterwards. It’s a great activity for markers on their way out.
How hard is it to draw on the snow? Should you pack it down before drawing on it? I would love to do this with my story time kids some day! Of course, the year we have enough snow to do something like this, we are not meeting in person 😛
It is an awesome experience Stacey – and different every time you do it, depending on the snow. You can definitely pack it down first, or you can leave it fluffy for a whole new experience. I hope you get LOADS of snow next year when all your littles are back with you (fingers crossed!)