How to Go Snow Painting

Heart Spray Painted in Snow

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Snow painting is a great winter activity for kids. It is a unique way to both introduce your children to the joy of creation and nurture their artistic talent. Kids will love the chance to explore a new medium to create art. Even if your little ones aren't especially creative, they will still have fun.

Snow painting is easy, requires very little preparation, and can keep kids outside in the fresh air for a while. It's also an activity the whole family can do together.

What You Need

  • Liquid food coloring
  • Spray bottles
  • Small plastic bowls (optional)
  • Assorted paintbrushes (optional)


Gather the Necessary Items

At the very least you need yellow, red, and blue food coloring and three spray bottles. If the kids want to do more than paint with spray colors, you may also want to gather some plastic bowls and paintbrushes.

Prepare the Spray Bottles

Fill the spray bottles with cold water. (Hot and even warm water could melt the snow too much.) Add a few drops of food coloring to each so you have one bottle of red, one of blue, and one of yellow water. Be sure the bottles have enough coloring in them to make the colors visible once they are sprayed on the snow. (You may need to test the colors the first time you mix them.) Although you need only three colors, you can have more if you want (see tips 1 and 4).

Send the kids out to paint!

All the kids need are their spray bottles, and their imaginations and creativity. You can show them how the spray bottles work and have them test the way the colors mix to create other colors. They may end up doing nothing but experimenting with the colors! They may also want to create artistic abstract designs, or make simple drawings.

Take pictures!

You're sure to want pictures of the paintings the kids created, as well as some pictures of them as they are making their paintings.


Buying food coloring

Food coloring is available at most grocery stores. Nothing more than the basic, primary colors are needed.

Spray bottles

The spray bottles you need are the type that contain window cleaning liquid. Empty versions of these bottles are available at discount department stores like Target, Wal-Mart, or K-Mart. You can also often find them at many drug or dollar stores. They are made of plastic and are quite inexpensive. The more you get, the more colors you can mix up, though only three are necessary.


Brushes are completely optional for snow painting. You might not want the younger children to use brushes since dipping brushes in colored water can be messy. Another thing to consider is brush size. Small paintbrushes, used for painting around the trim on walls, are probably a good bet. You could go a little smaller, but if they're too small it will be hard to see what was painted.

Mixing colors

When kids spray the primary colors on top of one another on the snow, they should see how the colors mix to create other colors (red and yellow make orange, for example). However, the kids can mix the colors ahead of time and even have spray bottles with the extra colors they mix.