Painting snow is a really simple and fun activity to do. Perhaps one of the best snow activities for toddlers. This is one of my favourite Outdoor activities for kids in winter.
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Snow painting 2 ways
Today I have two different ways of painting snow to share with you. Both are simple and fun. The best thing about painting snow is that you don’t necessarily need a lot of snow.
Do you know those days where there’s not enough snow for sledging or it’s not the right kind of snow for building a snowman? Well, painting snow is the perfect activity for those days.
Equally though, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it when there is a lot of snow. You could even make this an indoor activity by bringing a bowl of snow inside and painting it inside before it melts.
1. Painting snow with paint
You will need
The first time I tried this activity was when my eldest was 3 years old. We only had a sprinkling of snow so 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 her 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 leftover 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.
2. Painting snow with food colouring
You will need
- * Food colouring (we used Wiltons gel food colouring which I love for baking and making play dough as the colours are so vibrant)
- * Paintbrushes
I set this snow painting activity up most recently for my 2 year old. I mixed a little food colouring with water in a pan from our mud kitchen and gave my toddler a paintbrush.
She quickly realised she could use it to brush colour on to the snow. Not long later she poured it on the snow. I gave her a scoop which she used for scooping and mixing the different colours of snow.
So there you have two simple and creative ways for colouring snow. A great winter activity for toddlers and preschool children.
More ideas to keep you busy this winter
- Find loads more Winter activities for kids these ideas are sure to keep you busy all winter long
- I love creative outdoor activities for children.
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