Winter in Chicago is in full swing, and kiddos will soon be stir crazy (if they aren't already!). Celebrate the season with these fun projects that you can do together!
Get bundled up and head outdoors! Teach your kids about color mixing while playing in the snow. Fill 3 spray bottles with water and food coloring in the 3 primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Let the kids spray to their heart's content! Show them what happens when you overlap red + yellow, yellow + blue, and red + blue! If you have squirt bottles handy, let them draw their own designs with the food coloring mixture! Once your noses are chilly, scoop up a cup of snow, mix it with the food coloring, and use the mixture as watercolor paints indoors.
GLITTER SNOW PAINT
Too cold to go outside? Bring the fun factor of the snow inside! You can create texture snow paintings with just a few ingredients: shaving cream, elmer's glue, and glitter. Mix the glue and shaving cream together and sprinkle glitter on top, or wait until you start painting to add the glitter.
I chose a winter scene to paint, which is suitable for pre-teens and teens. If your child is younger, choose a more simple subject (like a snowman). For the winter scene, I added food coloring for light blue and dark blue colors (optional).
Start by painting in your non-snowy objects with acrylic paint. You can use canvas or paper as a surface.
Allow the acrylic paint to dry. Next, use your finger (it's easier and more fun this way!) to apply the snow paint. I applied it wherever I wanted there to be snow in my picture.
Sprinkle more glitter on top of the snow paint before it dries. Voila!
For toddlers and younger kids, omit the food coloring and let them go straight ahead and start painting with the snow paint! I added google eyes and use acrylic paint for the features.