Bring the snow to your house with our snowflake fork painting process art. We can save you the trouble of cleaning paint brushes and little fingers by using an even easier (and disposable) tool. A simple plastic fork! What a creative way to have so much fun with different textures of paint (with very few purchases)!

We don’t tend to get much snow in our area of Virginia, but when we do… look out! The schools are closed, the stores are barren of milk and bread, and the kiddos are throwing snowballs. It’s a very popular event for the children in our town and our schools.

– Life Over C's Snowflake process art using a plastic fork.

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Snowflake Fork Painting Art Activity for Kids:

  • Paper plate
  • White craft paint
  • Plastic fork
  • White/clear/iridescent glitter
  • Blue construction paper or cardstock paper

What is Fork Painting?

kids of all ages will love fork painting


Kid love the concept of using a common kitchen utensil to create art!

Fork painting involves dipping the prongs into paint and pressing the plastic against paper or canvas to create lines– and in this case, the visual of a textured snowflake. Using a variety of painting techniques helps kids to explore art beyond the basic functionalities of a typical paint brush.

This process art could be used this time of year to create memorable gifts or to finish up a study on winter.

More Fork Painting Activities:

Christmas Tree Fork Painting

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Fork Painting Paper Plate Craft

– Life Over C's Snowflake fork painting craft for kids.

What is Process Art?

Process art is child-led art that allows kids to have complete control over the end result. Unlike project art that has a specific outcome in mind and every child’s project looks very similar, in process art every child’s project looks different.

The loosest form of process art is giving children complete access to any art material. However, we can guide their experience and encourage them to try a new medium, new technique, etc. by settings up an art exploration for them.

What are the Benefits of Fork Painting?

What skills do children develop while painting?

  • Using fingers to hold and press the fork to the paper strengthens fine motor skills.
  • Figuring out where the next prong mark should go develops hand-eye coordination.
  • Children use creative thinking and problem solving skills when deciding how they want their snowflakes to look.
  • Painting and using their hands with sensory activities can be a great form of self expression.

You can use vocabulary and ask higher order thinking questions to children while they are creating. For example:

  • What tool do you think you could use to make curves or circles on the paper?
  • What other plants, animals, or objects could we paint using our fork?
  • Tell me a story about your snowflake? How was it made? Where is it going?
– Life Over C's Supplies for the fork painting craft.

Supplies Needed To Make The Fork Painting Snowflakes

You need the following supplies to create the fork painting, but you can of course make substitutions as needed:

  • Paper plate
  • White craft paint
  • Plastic fork
  • White/clear/iridescent glitter
  • Blue construction paper or cardstock paper

How To Make A Fork Painted Snowflake

Step One:

Pour a small amount of white paint onto the paper plate.

– Life Over C's Pouring white glue onto a paper plate.

Step Two:

Dip the fork into the paint and cover well.

– Life Over C's Dipping a plastic fork into the white paint.

Step Three:

Gently press the fork down onto the blue construction paper, points pointing outward. 

Repeat this step and go around in a circle, creating a snowflake (about 10 fork prints.)

– Life Over C's Pressing the fork onto the paper to create a snowflake shape.

Step Four:

Sprinkle glitter around on the wet paint and shake any excess glitter off. 

Continue the steps above for the desired amount of snowflakes you’d like to make. 

Set aside to dry. Display!

– Life Over C's Adding glitter to the snowflake.


Why is sensory painting important?

Sensory painting is important in developing fine motor skills, cognitive development, hand-eye coordination, as well as creative thinking. Sensory painting can also help children express their ideas and explore colors, shapes, and different textures.

What is the best paint to use for fork painting?

Washable paint is our choice for getting messy paint off of little fingers. Acrylic paints are also easy to use and show vibrant colors when dry.

Can I use watercolor paints for fork painting?

While you can use any type of paint, watercolor paint wont be as vibrant or bold. It can also be difficult for the watercolor paint to stick to the fork (or even get on the fork in the first place). See above question for ideal paint type.

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– Life Over C's Snowflake process art using a plastic fork.

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Included in the Winter Math and Literacy Pack:

  • 2 Sets of Number Mats (empty ten-frame, filled ten-frame)
  • Beginning Sound Match Up
  • 4 Sets of Clip Cards (color, ten-frame, array, shape)
  • Winter and Summer Clothing Sort
  • Class Set of Ten-Frame BINGO
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  • 2 Spinner Graphing Games
  • Line Tracing Cards
  • Line-Up Puzzles for Counting to 5 & 10
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  • Missing Number Cards
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  • Winter Play Dough Mats
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  • 2 Roll and Count Mats
  • 2 Sets of Sorting Activities (shapes and big/small)
  • 5 Spin & Cover Games (1-5, 6-10, shape, picture)
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • 4 Sets of Tracing Cards (uppercase, lowercase, number, shape)
  • Visual Discernment Clip Cards
  • Trace, Write & Draw the Room
  • Ten-Frame Cards

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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