Painting the snow with tempera paints! An amazing outdoor winter activity for kids of all ages. It’s hard to say who will have more fun with this – the kids or the grow ups!
I’m sure you’ve heard of others painting the snow with spray bottles and food colouring. Maybe you’ve even seen our indoor activity where we’ve coloured the snow with liquid watercolours. We’ve tried the squirt bottle thing outside before, but soggy mitts and frozen fingers aren’t a great combo, and maybe I’ve just been skimpy with the food colouring, but we have to pump the trigger a bazillion times to get a decent amount of colour onto the snow. Today I decided to try something new! We actually PAINTED the snow! With real PAINT!
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!