There are various recipes available online, however, I believe that my snow paint using only 3 ingredients is one of the best. Yes, you only need 3 simple household ingredients and I can almost guarantee you’ll have them in your pantry right now! This snow paint recipe is non-toxic and can be whipped up in minutes. Your child will be snow painting before you know it so let me show you how to make snow paint using only 3 ingredients.
Winter has certainly made its presence felt in my part of the world. It wasn’t until Possum (aged 4 years) asked me some questions about the weather and why it’s currently so cold that we got talking about Winter, what we can expect during this time and how it compares to other seasons.
I decided that we could make and use some simple snow paint and create interesting snow scenes.
Recommended age: 2 years +
(Strict and active supervision is required on this activity)
How to make Winter snow paint using only 3 ingredients
To make this simple snow paint you need –
- Water – 1 cup (+ possible 1/4 cup water extra)
- Salt – 1 cup
- Flour – 1 cup
- Glitter (optional)
It’s seriously as simple as that. Add your 1-1-1 cups and mix it together in a bowl. The above recipe does make quite a stiff dough, however, I added a few more drops of water to the mixture – slowly – stirred it well and achieved a smoother consistency, much more like paint or a pancake batter. Feel free to add some sparkly glitter.
NB Remember that ingredients all over the world can respond differently so the above recipe may need tweaking to suit you. If the mixture is too dry then add a few drops of water, if it’s too wet then add a teaspoon of flour.
Even Boo (aged 19 months) got involved, which was so wonderful. It was clear from the beginning that she loved the freedom of dipping her brush into the snow paint and swirling it over the dark coloured paper. Boo was having lots of fun experimenting and trying something new.
Quite Baby Safe
I also had the peace of mind that the snow paint was quite safe for her if she was to taste test it. Of course she did try licking the brush a few times, but quickly learnt that it was very salty and not that nice.
The texture of the snow paint was also very interesting. Possum couldn’t resist using it like finger paint, which created allowed it to become a great sensory experience. The salt was quite gritty and could be felt when rubbed between the fingers.
Creating a snow scene
Your child might like to create a snow scene using their paint. We talked about what a ‘blizzard’ was and so this was what Possum came up with (above). How awesome is that! She also worked hard to create snowflakes as it was something she knew a little about.
Fuffy Paint for 3D fun
Depending on the consistency of your snow paint, your child may be able to use it like puffy paint as the salt and flour combined helps give it some height. So awesome! I had some fun writing words with the paint and giving my piece of paper a three-dimensional look.
My children are yet to experience the sensation of snow and I’d personally always prefer to have them experience something first hand over ‘pretend’ alternatives. Unfortunately snow falls about 3 hours from where we live and so for the moment I’m using books, like ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs and ‘Snow, Snow, Snow’ by Lee Harper, as well as other alternative approaches, like using this snow paint to help teach my children about Winter and snow. We have planned a snow trip for August so that is exciting and will be a great way for them to consolidate what they have learnt up until that point.
Have your children been to the snow?
Would they enjoy painting with snow paint?
Here are some more ideas you’ll love –
Great value ebooks featuring Laughing Kids Learn