Play with the snow, but stay warm inside this winter by making snow paint. Experiment with color mixing, create beautiful art, and learn snow science.
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When I was a kid one of my favorite activities during the winter was snow painting. We filled up spray bottles with colored water that we used to color the huge mounds of crusty snow lining our walkway. When we were ambitious our entire front yard looked like a bright and colorful bowl of our favorite sugar cereal. Sometimes my brother and I did this barefooted because we lived on the edge like that.
This past week we got about an inch of snow in the Pacific Northwest, which is enough to shut down the city for three straight days. With a brand new baby at home I wanted to stay warm inside, but the big kids wanted to play outside in the rare dusting of snow. Luckily we were able to come up with a fantastic activity that made everyone happy!
Rather than going outside to paint the snow, we brought the snow inside and made snow paint. The kids thought it was so fun to create art with snow! It turned out to be just as fun as creating art with ice.
Making Snow Paint
Ice cube trays
- Fill the ice cube trays with snow. Pack it down so that you have enough snow paint when the snow melts!
- Drip a few drops of liquid watercolors into each compartment of the ice cube tray. You can add more than one color so that they mix, or just keep the colors separate. At the end you will end up with 12 separate compartments of color! You can use pipettes or eye droppers to color the snow, or just drip it from the bottle if your child is careful.
- Watch as the snow melts and turns from white to colored. What happens as the different colors mix? What new colors are produced? How long does it take for the snow to melt?
- Once the snow is melted grab your paint brushes and create beautiful art with your new snow paint!
My kids experimented with color mixing and observed how their colors blended together as the snow melted. They learned that snow turns to water when it melts and that the volume of melted snow is much less than that of solid snow. It’s amazing how much kids can learn from one very simple art activity!
What kinds of snow activities do you like to do with kids?