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Spray Painting Snow

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)


♥ Linky Love ♥:  I recently was introduced to the very funny and true-to-life blog Parenting:  Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.  I suspect all parents with small children will appreciate the dry humor.


1 comment to Spray Painting Snow

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