In the past, we’ve used spray bottles and coloured water for painting the snow, but I’ve always found that to be a frustrating activity for the 3 and under crowd. Bulky mitts, cold, wet fingers, and sprayers freezing up are a few of the challenges we’ve encountered, and maybe I’ve just been skimpy with the food colouring, but it seems like we’ve had to pump the trigger a bazillion times to get a decent amount of colour onto the snow. Time to try something new!
I had no idea how, or even IF, this would work when I thought of it, so I was thrilled when it was an instant success, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Are you ready?
I used tempera powders to mix up 5 colours of paint. You could use tempera liquid paints, or any kind of paint really. I chose our tempera paints because they’re washable, and I didn’t want any staining on the snow-pants and winter coats.
I drew 3 rectangles in the snow to serve as canvases for the hooligans, and called them over. You can probably imagine how excited they were to get started. Meanwhile, I was crossing my fingers, hoping for half-decent results.
Oh my goodness!
This was SUCH a cool activity! The snow was soft but kind of crunchy on top, and it absorbed the paint beautifully! I really hadn’t imagined that this would be so awesome.
I tried my hand at it, and was surprised by how light of a touch was needed to keep the paint on the surface of the snow.
The kids had already mastered the technique quickly, and they moved all around the yard and garden adding splashes of colour wherever they went.
It was a wonderful way to get creative in the snow, and I suspect that painting the snow will become a regular winter activity around here!