Sweet Pea is 4 years old.
From: I saw this fun activity was on Rockabye Butterfly last year, but we had to wait a very long time for it to snow enough for us to try it. I’m happy we finally got a little bit of snow this year before winter was over!
- Liquid water colors or food coloring.
- Spray bottles. (I have never bought a spray bottle from Target that lasted more than a week. The ones from a hardware store work much better for us.)
- Fill the bottles with water and add several drops of coloring until the color of the water is very bright.
- Turn your child loose outside with the colored water.
- Optionally, prepare hot cocoa for your frozen child to consume when they are done painting.
Observations: Sweet Pea loves being outside so she was very happy with this activity.
It was a little difficult for Sweet Pea to manage the water bottles with gloves on, but with a bit of practice, she was able to do it.
She was not able to create anything quite as nice as some of the other snow paintings I have seen, but I think she will be able to next year, especially if we get more snow. As it was, she loved just spraying random patches of snow to color it.
I liked how this activity caused a lot of running around outside. It was a great project for burning off some energy on a winter’s day. We had a lot of fun and I would recommend it for any tot who has enough strength to use the spray bottles.
Notes from the Trenches: Last year, I made Sweet Pea some hot chocolate after she went out to play in the snow and apparently now it is a tradition. As soon as she came inside this time, she remembered last year and said, “I think I’m going to need some hot cocoa to warm me up now!”
Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)
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