A friend of mine recommended using spray bottles and food coloring to create a masterpiece in the snow. Of course I had no food coloring and I couldn’t find my spray bottle… so I improvised with Kool-aid and medicine droppers. J and I went outside to create some homemade snowcones. Eventually mom’s fingers were freezing …. J was having so much fun that he was oblivious to his blue fingers (and no, I didn’t have blue Kool-aid). I made an executive decision to move this activity inside.
I filled a couple trays with snow, threw some paintbrushes in with the medicine droppers and let J create. Forty minutes later, he was still having a blast (though the activity had morphed into stabbing colored ice with the dropper, creating a new favorite of his, holes!). To keep the activity going this long, I added a blank slate of fresh snow every 10 minutes or so.
I also had him in the blow up pool to keep J contained with this activity. Much safer on the carpets/furniture this way! It also really helped to keep him focused.
Age attempted? 21 months (this activity could definitely be done younger and I’m thinking would be enjoyable when he’s older too)
Try Again? Definitely yes; he loved it
**It’s snowing again and he’s already asking to paint the snow!