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Try this fun winter art activity in your classroom, this lesson plan is perfect for this time of year. As the school year gets closer to winter break looking for lesson plans that keep your students engaged can be difficult. This lesson plan is sure to grab your students attention and be a fun educational activity.

Snow Paintings


  • Arts & Humanities--Visual Arts


  • Pre K-2



  • Consider many possible subjects for their snow paintings.
  • Work successfully and creatively with a new medium (water-and-food-coloring "paints").
  • Learn about how new colors form when primary colors are mixed (optional).


  • Snow
  • Water bottles with squirt nozzles/sprayers
  • Food coloring (variety of colors)
  • Water

Fill the spray bottle with water. Add food coloring. Cap the bottle tightly. Shake.


Snow is a prerequisite for this simple activity, so it can only be done in a cold climate or as part of a warm-climate "snow fair" in which snow is made or trucked in.

The activity is simple: Prepare the "paint" (food coloring in water -- see Materials above) in squirt bottles and provide a canvas (a patch of snow) for each student and let them use the squirt colors to paint their pictures.

You might:

  • Allow students to paint free-form (anything they wish) or you might have them create a simple design or picture on paper before "painting" it on the snow canvas. If you have students design their snow paintings in advance, let them know the color choices they will have so their designs match the food-coloring "paints" that are available. You might even limit students' designs/paintings to three or four colors.
  • Connect the students' snow paintings to the curriculum. If you are studying community helpers, ask them make a snow painting of one of their community's helpers. If students are studying dinosaurs, let them "snow paint" their favorite dinosaur
  • Take the opportunity to teach students about how they can mix colors to make other colors. For example, red and yellow food coloring mixed together make orange; blue and yellow food coloring together make green.

Did students enjoy the activity? What did your students learn?

Lesson Plan Source

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas



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