Painting snow

Painting snow

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.Painting snow

At first she painted the snow and we talked a little about colour mixing.Painting snow

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.Painting snow

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.Painting snowPainting snow

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.

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  1. January 18, 2017 / 11:49 am

    what a lovely idea, i never would have though about trying that and i am sure the boys would love it bloggerclubuk

  2. January 18, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    What a great idea – and perfect for a snow activity when there really isn’t much snow around! I love that your little one added in some nature treasures too. Thanks for linking up with #NaturallyCrafty ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. January 18, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I can’t tell you how many years I’ve waited for snow to be able to do this. Sadly my kids are now probably too old and still no snow in Cornwall! #BloggerClubUK

    • January 21, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      If we ever have snow here and guests staying I’m so doing this, along with snow angles, snow ball fights and snow men making, all the things I’ve longed to try. One day! I think F did really well to last half an hour, I bet her fingers were so cold!

      Thank you for linking to #CountryKids

      • January 22, 2017 / 8:39 am

        Sounds like lots of fun planned for your guests if you do get snow. She had gloves on Friday but when we painted on Saturday it was actually fairly mild (the snow was melting fast). She did do well.

    • January 21, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      What a shame. I didn’t realise that you don’t get snow often in Cornwall. Guess I’m too used to living in the north.

  4. January 21, 2017 / 9:39 am

    I wanted to do this too but our snow fall was so pathetic we wouldn’t have even had the slightest amount to paint with! It looks so much fun and really pretty too! #countrykids

  5. would like to be a yummy mummy
    January 21, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Aashhh what a lovely activity. Lots of fun….wishing we had snow!!

  6. January 22, 2017 / 12:17 am

    We LOVE snow painting, one of our favourite snow activities! This years first go at it will be on Country Kids soon ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t done it like this before, but love the idea of containing it like this x #countrykids

  7. January 22, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    What a wonderful activity. We’ve had little snow here sadly. #CountryKids

    • December 21, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Returning via #littlemakes

  8. January 22, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    What a simple activity and would be good with food colouring too. We never got ny snow sadly but when we next get some I think we might try this. #countrykids

  9. January 23, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    This is a great idea – now all we need is some snow ! #CountryKids

  10. January 23, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    What a brilliant idea! We will certainly be giving this a go next time it snows #countrykids

  11. January 23, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    WOW that looks like so much fun, such a shame we only had a tiny bit of snow

  12. January 24, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I love this – what a brilliant and simple idea for a winter outdoor activity. If we get any more snow this year I am definitely going to do this with my girls. Looks like F was having a wonderful time ๐Ÿ™‚ #countrykids

  13. Double the Monkey Business
    January 24, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Oh I love this idea!! We have plenty of snow at the moment so may try this out tomorrow ! #BloggerClubUK

  14. January 25, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    such a good idea I would never have thought of it.
    I just need some snow, we’ve had none for five years!
    I’ll get the paintbrushes out when we do get some it would be fun to paint a snowman!

  15. January 25, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Lucky you to get so much snow. My children were desperate for snow but we got very little.
    It’s funny how they can’t wait to get into the snow but don’t realise just how cold it is! But what a lovely little activity to do and she looks totally absorbed in it. Great idea.

  16. Agnes Gawlik
    January 25, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    very nice idea – it must have made lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. November 30, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Great idea- and costs next to nothing! Brilliant chance to practice those mark making skills in a fun way! #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Exactly. Can’t wait to do this again this year now F is a bit older.

  18. December 1, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I have just realised that I have been following you on Pinterest for a few years!! Way before I started my own blog. As an early years teacher I love your ideas and your Pins always stand out. This is a lovely, fun activity! Unfortunately we rarely get snow in the West Country, something to do with the Welsh hills……ah well. It will probably snow next week now!! #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Fantastic. Glad you like my Pinterest boards.

  19. December 4, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Ah snow is scarce around here presently but this would be lots of fun and I imagine eldest would love it. #bloggerpinparty

  20. December 6, 2017 / 8:57 am

    My Small would love this! Really hope we get some snow aoon! #bloggerpinparty

  21. December 7, 2017 / 12:39 am

    This is our favorite winter activity! My daughter loves snow painting, we’ve tried a few different ways of doing it ๐Ÿ™‚ #bloggerpinparty

  22. December 10, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Love this! Just need the snow now! #bloggerpinparty

  23. December 11, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I love this because it is so simple and I already gave the supplies in! Plus how fab to add all that colour to the white. #christmaslittlemakes

  24. December 21, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Oh if only I had enough snow to do this! Such a fab idea #littlemakes

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