Painting snow, two ways

Painting Snow

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

Painting snow

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.  

Painting snow

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.  

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 snow
Painting snow

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
Toddler painting snow with red water

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.  

Bowl of snow, coloured by food colouring

So there you have two simple and creative ways for colouring snow. A great winter activity for toddlers and preschool children.    

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42 thoughts on “Painting snow, two ways

  1. mud cakes and wine says:

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

  2. Catherine says:

    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 🙂

  3. Coombe Mill says:

    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

    • Coombe Mill says:

      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

      • theladybirdsadventures says:

        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.

    • theladybirdsadventures says:

      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. chocolateandwineandillbefine says:

    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. Sara | mumturnedmom says:

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

  6. Training Mummy says:

    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

  7. buttondiaries says:

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

  8. Louise says:

    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 🙂 #countrykids

  9. Double the Monkey Business says:

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

  10. Tracey @ Mummyshire says:

    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.

  11. Rabbit Ideas says:

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

  12. Helena says:

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

  13. Sara | mumturnedmom says:

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

  14. Karen, the next best thing to mummy says:

    I have never seen this before, so I am going to have a go with the children soon #christmas!ittlemakes@_karendennis

  15. Fee - One of Each says:

    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

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