Outdoors: Snow Painting …in April

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April brought showers for us, but they were of the snow variety. Actually, it was more than showers. We got several inches of snow at the beginning of the month!

As the snow has come and gone this year, rather than lingering as it did last year, we haven’t managed quite as many activities in the snow. And, we hadn’t had a chance to snow paint.

This is my daughters favourite thing to do in the snow, and as soon as the snow started this time she asked if we could paint.

So, after a day at school, while the snow continued to fall, painting is exactly what we did.

Not what I had been expecting to do find myself doing in April.

Snow Painting: a quick and easy activity for lots of fun in the snow. All you need is water and food colouring.

The wee girl was thrilled. As soon as we got home from school we organized the ‘paint’.

All you need are small water bottles and food colouring. I added a few drops of food colouring to each bottle and then made a small hole in the top of each lid. Simple as that!

Then, spray patterns in the snow. And yes, we did end up with some yellow snow :)

Snow Painting April 1

Snow Painting April 2

Snow Painting April 3

Snow Painting April 4

Snow Painting April 5

Snow Painting April 6

After the wee girl and I had been out in the snow for a while, the 7yo came and joined us. This is an activity that he enjoys too.

Snow Painting April 7

Snow Painting April 8

Snow Painting April 9

All the while, the snow was still falling and I have to admit that I would have loved to go back inside. But, the pair of them were having such a good time I couldn’t bring myself to bring the fun to an end. Watching them dancing around, spraying coloured water everywhere, was wonderful. Even if I was cold and very wet!

Snow Painting April 10

Snow Painting April 11

Snow Painting April 12

At last, we ran out of water and called it a day, running back inside to warm up and dry off.

The following day the sun shone, the snow began to melt, and all three kids had a last go at painting.

What a difference a day makes!

Snow Painting April 13

Snow Painting April 14

I’m hoping this will the last time we play in the snow this year, but I’m glad that we had this last, somewhat unexpected, opportunity to have some fun in the snow.

And, as a bonus, I managed to make another batch of snow ice cream :)

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38 thoughts on “Outdoors: Snow Painting …in April”

  1. I’ve never tried snow painting before – but it looks like a lot of fun was had by all three of them! We had a random snow flurry last weekend in the UK – sadly, it didn’t hang around for long enough to play outside.

    1. We’ve done it a good few times now, the kids love it. I suspect we’d never have had the chance to do it in the UK :)

  2. Oh my gosh, i can’t believe you guys have had snow. I absolutely love this idea though, so creative and fun for the kids. This is going straight to the top of our bucket list for next Winter! xxx

  3. Wow this is such a cool idea. We missed all the snow here as we were in Australia. I’m going to bookmark this though for next time the snow comes. Such a fab idea x

    1. Thanks! We were a little surprised that we ended up with quite as much snow, but thankfully it didn’t last too long!

  4. amazing to see you still having snow. I remember the first time you went snow painting, it must have been at least 2 if not 3 years ago and I said them I really wanted to try it. I’m still waiting for some snow! It i such a colourful activity and so simple to do. glad it didn’t hang around, best to enjoy snow and then see it go. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    1. It was a couple of years ago now! It’s a firm favourite, and the wee girl asks to do it as soon as she sees snow!

  5. This is such a great activity to do out in the snow. I still remember the last time you did it. Luckily we don’t have to worry about snow here in Aptil, but next time there is a snowfall here in the UK I’m going to follow your instructions.

    1. Yes, we were a little surprised by the snow! It is a great, simple activity. Next year I’m going to try different paints, see what effects we can get :)

  6. I love your snow painting pista each year & if we ever get enough snow here or (live in Canada again) will definitely try this & snow cakes x

  7. Kellie Kearney

    Snow in April – madness! I love this though, definitely going to do this when we get a bit of snow!!

  8. What a fabulous activity – so simple and so effective. It makes me wish we got more snow here so we could give it a try. Love how much fun your children are having with their “paint” bottles – even if you were getting cold and a bit wet! :-)

  9. Aaaw look at them! They hare having so much fun. Before we moved house, I’ve been waiting fir a good snow during the winter for this activity but, where we were doesn’t seem to snow that much lol. xx

  10. THIS IS AMAZING! It puts a whole new spin on don’t eat yellow snow though! I’ll be pinning this for when we get snow again next year. Brilliant #countrykids

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