Snow Painting

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We’ve had some beautiful snow here in Brussels this past week, and by the looks of it, it’s here to stay! We have been out enjoying it with our sled and some sand toys – yes, they’re great for playing in the snow too! Sprout 1 (3,5) particularly loves his hand drill. But it gets to a point where my feet are freezing and/or baby Sprout tires of being outside, so why not enjoy the snow indoors?

Snow Painting - BxlSprout

One way we’ve been enjoying our snow indoors is by painting it. Now, before you think this is too messy, hear me out! It really is simple to set up – you probably have all you need around the house already – and if you put a drop cloth underneath, it’s a cinch to clean up too!

Here’s how we did it:

Snow Painting

Snow painting - BxlSprout

You will need:

  • Drop cloth – we just used an old oilcloth; an old shower curtain would do just fine
  • Shallow container for painting the snow
  • Container and scoop/spoon/sand shovel for clean snow
  • Food colouring or liquid watercolours
  • Droppers – you can buy them at Casa just like the ones we have, or you could save old medicine droppers
  • A container for the colors – we use an ice-cube tray. Lots of compartments for mixing and only small amounts required
  • Rag for cleaning up spills
  • Salt
  • Magnifying glass

snow painting - BxlSprout

Sorry, I don’t have pictures of the entire process because I was an active participant ;), but it’s quite straightforward. the important part is your child has fun!

Have everything set up so once the snow gets inside the kids could just have a go at it.

  • Set the drop cloth on the floor. We have an old kids sized table we scored for free on Freecycle that we plopped on top, but directly on the floor isn’t a problem either, or if you’re worried about the table, a plastic tablecloth or old newspapers should do the trick.
  • Prepare your paints/food coloring by pouring some into a container – I love ice-cube trays for this! We always only use the 3 primary colours and Sprout1 mixes up any others he wants out of those. Great hands on way to teach color mixing!
  • I also have a little container with some coarse salt in it for sprinkling on the snow so Sprout1 can see how it melts. Also seems to liven the colours.
  • Now go scoop up some snow from outside into your container (we just opened our window and used a combination of ice cream scoop, plastic cup and sand shovel) and get out of their way!

sanow painting - BxlSprout

It’s great fun for the kids to use droppers (and great for fine motor skills needed for writing, etc.), but even if you don’t have them, you could always try dripping colour with a small spoon. The colours spread out beautifully in the snow!

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We had a magnifying glass handy so Sprout1 could have a closer look at the snow. Remember, just let them explore the items; there is no right or wrong way here! It’s all about the process and having fun.

Sprout1 then wanted to see if water would melt the snow faster… can you guess the answer?

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Once they (or you!!) have had enough, just throw everything in the sink. Easy-peasy! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, food colouring is washable (we haven’t had any staining) and so is our brand of liquid watercolours, though you can’t find the same brand in Belgium. I imagine it holds true for all liquid watercolours, but can’t promise!

Have you been enjoying any indoor snow activities lately?

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