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 – little kids, big kids or the grown-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.
So today I decided to try something new! We actually PAINTED the snow! With real PAINT!
Check it out! what a great way to get creative in the snow on a sunny winter day!
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?
We were really and truly painting the snow!
I used tempera paint powder 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.
and they collaborated to create a “candy mountain”.
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!
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.