I love the look of surprise and wonder on children’s faces when you give them an activity that encourages messiness, creativity, or just plain silliness! Snow art activities for kids definitely fall into that category. Your students will be delighted to bring real snow INSIDE and make a colorful MESS (I mean ART)!

– Life Over C's Easy Snow Painting for Preschool

Recommended Grade Level:

Snow Painting for Preschool Supplies:

  • Liquid Food Coloring or Washable Liquid Paint (We prefer Crayola)
  • Water
  • Cups
  • Dropper
  • Tray
  • Scoop
  • Spoon/spatula
  • Fresh snow

Add the Snow Painting Winter Snow Activities for Preschool to your lesson plans today! It’s a little bit of prep for a whole LOT of easy winter fun! Toddlers and preschoolers will reap the benefits of fine motor development, sensory exploration, and old-fashioned, hands-on entertainment.

Snow Art Activities for Preschoolers

Not only do young children love playing with snow and ice, but these snow-themed preschool activities also provide positive developmental benefits.

– Life Over C's Overhead view of the finished snow painting winter snow activities for preschool.

As students engage with ice cubes, snow, and water outdoors or at the sensory table, they gain a lot of knowledge. Although we often think of snow and ice preschool activities as craft ideas, they really are science experiments too!

Snow day activities for preschoolers give an opportunity for them to get hands-on with that cold, wet stuff. The snow painting activity provides opportunities to learn about:

How to Set Up the Snow Painting Activities for Preschoolers

– Life Over C's Overhead view of the supplies for the snow painting winter snow activities for preschool.

Materials for the Snow Painting Activity:

Liquid Food Coloring or Washable Liquid Paint (We prefer Crayola hands down)
Fresh snow

How to Use the Snow Painting Activity:

  1. Fill the cups with water about halfway full.
  2. Add a few Tablespoons of paint or 2-3 drops of food coloring to each cup of water. Stir well.
  3. Fill a tray with fresh snow using the scoop. Level the snow with a spoon.
  4. Bring indoors and set up a play area for the child.
  5. Place the cups of colored water next to the tray.
  6. Children will use the dropper to pull the colored water from the cup, then add it to the snow to create a design.

This is a great snow day activity when the weather hasn’t calmed quite enough to venture outdoors but excitement about snow is high! Let kids craft whatever they can think of with the droppers.

– Life Over C's Overhead view of orange colored water being added to snow for the snow painting winter snow activities for preschool.

The colors in this project remind me of rainbow sherbet ice cream! Perhaps a little snack afterwards would be a great way to wrap it up.

You might also provide spray bottles filled with colored water (I like a little glitter in there too:)

Important note: If you decide to use food coloring, I recommend that the kids wear plastic gloves and something to protect their clothes.

– Life Over C's Overhead view of snow painted orange, red and yellow.

My daughter ended up with a blue streak on her face because she wiped her hand on her forehead while playing. If we were to do this again (I’m sure we will) I would use washable liquid paint instead.

Winter Art Projects for Kids

I love coming up with winter crafts for kids to stay busy during those long, dark months!

  • Polar animals: Think snowy owls, polar bears, arctic foxes, penguins, etc.
  • Snow globes: There are so many ways to make this winter icon. Use clear plastic plates, clear plastic cups, real glass jars or a paper creation.
  • Snowman craft for kids: Kids love snowmen! Create your own puffy paint with shaving cream and glue for a textured snowman. Add real buttons and a scarf and hat made from material scraps.
  • Paper snowflakes: Always a great lesson in symmetry, this classic art project never disappoints. Young children can cut a template, or you can fold it for them and show them how to cut very simple lines.

Remember, any activity for preschoolers to do with snow is better when paired with hot chocolate!

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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
  • 2 Graphing Dice Games
  • 2 Spinner Graphing Games
  • Line Tracing Cards
  • Line-Up Puzzles for Counting to 5 & 10
  • 4 Matching Games (picture, number, alphabet, rhyme)
  • Missing Number Cards
  • 3 Levels of AB Patterns
  • Winter Play Dough Mats
  • 2 Sets of Counting to 10 Puzzles (array, ten-frame)
  • 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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– Life Over C's Easy Snow Painting for Preschool

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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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