Wishing for snow? If the weather refuses to cooperate, take charge and make your own! Your child will create a thick and fluffy “snow” paint, allowing him to design three-dimensional snowscapes. While he paints, you can start a conversation about weather, comparing and contrasting the various elements. And he'll be developing his grasp for fine motor skills as he holds and uses the paintbrush.
What You Do:
- Help your child measure equal parts white glue and shaving cream. Have him mix the two ingredients together and the snow paint is ready! It should be very thick and fluffy.
- Give him paper and a paintbrush. He is now ready to create his snow scene. Encourage him to use generous amounts of paint to create the three-dimensional effect.
- As he paints, talk about snow. When does it snow? What does snow feel like? Is it hard or soft, hot or cold? Talk about different weather such as sunshine, rain, or hail. How are they alike and different? What is his favorite weather?
- When he's done, have him tell you about his painting. Is he painting snowflakes, snowmen, or snowballs? Ask questions but allow him to be as creative as he chooses. A snow hamburger? Why not! This conversation is great receptive and expressive language practice.
- As the paint dries, it will harden and the shapes will remain. Your child will love touching his three-dimensional snow painting.
This paint is perfect for creating “snow,” but it is easily adapted for a variety of projects. Add a little bit of red paint and glitter to create fluffy hearts for Valentine’s Day. Or help your child draw simple outlines of animals. He can create different colored paint to fill in the animals—how about a brown bear, yellow duck, or an orange kitten?