By Amy Betz and Marie Lister
Winter is a great time to practice creative expression outside. There are so many activities you can do with snow and ice! Bringing art outside can be as simple as putting colorful water into a spray bottle and spraying the snow or snow sculptures you’ve created. Colored water and some paint brushes will also allow children to explore creativity in the outdoor setting. Another option is creating ice sculptures by adding water to various containers and allowing them to freeze. You can dye the ice different colors and incorporate natural objects. The children can use their ice blocks to build with or decorate other snow creations. We have started to create ice blocks to use for building at school!
Not ready to venture outside? You can do many of the snow activities mentioned before inside – just bring in a tub of snow. A different way to represent the world outside is through puffy paint. Simply mix equal parts white glue and shaving cream and mix well. You can add a bit more shaving cream to make the paint even fluffier if desired. The paint can be used to create a snowy scene or whatever else your child desires. A book, such as The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats or Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara, may provide additional inspiration. When used as finger paint, the mixture provides an interesting sensory experience as well. Hopefully, this activity can help you keep busy on those really cold days and allow children to reflect on what they have seen outside.