We woke up to snow last Friday. Not enough to cause disruption but more than a sprinkle.
Being 3, F was very excited to go out in the snow. However E (7 months) was not keen on napping so I didn’t get chance to play in the snow with F. Instead I let her play in our back garden while myself and E watched through the window. Bless her, she lasted 30 minutes before coming in saying she was too cold.
By Saturday morning, the snow was melting fast. Building a snowman or going sledging were no longer an option but I was determined to get outside and have some fun with F. That’s when I remembered an idea I saw for painting snow (no doubt seen on instagram or another blog). This was perfect as it didn’t require much snow.
I grabbed an old washing up bowl and filled it with snow that was sat on the car. I added 3 small pots of paint and some painting brushes. Then I took F outside with the bowl and let her paint.
At first she painted the snow and we talked a little about colour mixing.
Soon she wandered off. At first I thought she had lost interest but she’d actually gone to collect some conkers left over from autumn play. She added these to the snow and painted them too.
Next she discovered that the snow in her footprints from the previous day had turned to ice. We carefully extracted some and she painted these too.
This was a simple to set up activity that F really enjoyed. I particularly love how she took a simple activity and added to it herself. I can see her requesting painting snow next time too.