One thing I’ve learned in the wisdom of my years is to embrace what Mother Nature gives us! Rain that doesn’t let up for a week, sizzling hot days without relief, or ten feet of snow that lasts through March. Bring it on! Instead of complaining, teach your kids to get out there and enjoy the season with this winter art, while it lasts-safely of course!

– Life Over C's Easy Snow Spray Paint Activity

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Snow Painting Activity

  • Spray bottles
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Snow

Snow Spray Paint Winter Art Projects for Preschoolers is a simple winter art idea for preschoolers that gets them outside and encourages much creativity. It’s more of a winter process art preschool activity that focuses on the creative process rather than the end product. All it takes is a spray bottle (or more), water, food coloring, and of course some snow.

Snow painting is an easy snow art activity for preschoolers that can last as long as those snowbanks!

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Spending time outdoors to play and explore is an integral component of child development. Kids of all ages gain important skills and health benefits by playing outside.

Sadly, today’s statistics point to alarming amounts of screen time for youth. Get your kiddos out today to start reaping the benefits outdoor play provides:

  • Improved gross motor skills
  • Lower weight/body mass
  • Improved muscle strength and coordination
  • Better social skills and communication
  • Increased self-awareness and independence
  • Improved creativity and problem-solving
  • Activation of the five senses
  • Better mental health and coping skills

Outdoor play does not always have to be organized and structured. Sometimes kids just need to breathe the fresh air, stare at the clouds, or dig a hole!

Pairing outside time with a winter craft for kids is a win-win in my book!

– Life Over C's Four spray bottles filled with different colors of water for the preschool snow painting activity.

How to Make the Preschool Snow Paint Winter Art

Spray bottles
Food coloring

– Life Over C's Close up of the supplies for the snow spray paint winter art projects.

Creating the Snow Spray Paint

  1. Add a few drops of desired food coloring to each bottle.
  2. Fill the bottle with water.
  3. Shake the bottle until the color mixes with the water.
  4. Take the spray bottles outside into the fresh snow.
  5. Spray colored water onto the snow.

Now it’s time to get creative with this winter art! This open-ended winter art activity for preschoolers lets them create designs, random marks, or specific shapes. They might even work on numbers or letters with snow art in preschool!

– Life Over C's Close up of two spray bottles filled with food coloring for snow painting.

More Fun Winter Art Projects for Preschool

While outdoor play is required, we often find ourselves indoors more during the winter months. Here are some other winter theme art projects to keep toddlers and preschoolers busy and exercising those fine motor muscles.

  • Paper snowflakes craft: A traditional craft that teaches symmetry! Or mix it up a bit by using brightly colored paper instead of white.
  • Snowman craft: Use your imagination on this one! Use paper circles, paper plates, cardboard tubes, shaving cream/glue mixture, pastels, or glass jars. There are so many variations on this easy winter craft activity for kids.
  • Resist art: This foolproof method turns out beautifully every time. For a winter activity, consider having kids craft a winter tree with a dark pastel on white paper, then add a rainbow of watercolors that will resist the oily tree and provide a beautiful backdrop.
  • Snow globes: I love the idea of taking a picture of each child with their arms up as if they are trapped in a snow globe. Then, use clear plastic plates as the ‘globe.’ Add a construction paper backing and fill with snowflake confetti or fake snow.

Get 35+ Winter Themed Math & Literacy Activities in One Bundle

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 Spray Paint Activity

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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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