Snow Painting

What do you do when it’s too cold to go and play in the snow outside? You bring a little inside!
When I originally planned this activity, we were going to suit up in the winter gear and do some fun outdoor art. But thanks to the recent polar vortex (Brrrrr…) and wind chills hovering around -50 degrees F, I was forced to scrap my original plans.
That’s when it hit me, we should bring some of the snow indoors!


I mixed up a few colors of paint before I braved the cold to fetch our snow.
The paint is simple. I filled the cups of a muffin tin about 2/3rd’s full of water. I then added about 3 – 4 drops of food coloring in each.
We went with shades of blue and green only because I was completely out of red food coloring.
I cut a sponge up into small pieces to use instead of a paint brush.


After freezing my rear off fetching snow, I filled up two square baking pans.
We patted the snow down and tried to make it level. These were our painting canvases.
The girls were eager to get started.


The took the sponges and started painting.
And start they did. One painted stripes, the other opted for a more random design.
They giggled. They squeezed their sponges.
They experimented to see what would happen if they pressed down hard or if they left their sponge sitting on the snow for awhile.


They used up every single drop of paint when they were done and we were left with some snow masterpieces.
Unfortunately, these masterpieces don’t last very long. It’s a good thing I was taking pictures!
Have you ever tried painting the snow?


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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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