A Blank Canvas of Snow

Colorful Snow

When there is a fresh blanket of snow on the ground but not nearly enough for sledding or to make a snowman…

Using Snow as a Blank Canvas

Supplies:  Keep it simple.  Mix and match supplies you already have, such as:

  • Liquid water colors or food coloring (dilute with water)
  • Assorted spray bottles, squirt bottles, droppers, plastic or paper cups
  • Sticks or chop sticks (for carving lines in the snow)
  • Markers (dark colors)
  • Cookie cutters, lids (various sizes)
  • Sand toys, plastic bowls and cups
  • Durable tray or large container (to hold the supplies)
  • Fresh layer of snow!


  • Experiment with creating 2D paintings and patters.
  • Play with shapes to compose reliefs and etchings.
  • Sculpt 3D snow castles and mini sculptures.
  • Be creative and have fun!


For more snow-inspired art, math and science activities, learn how to make a Giant 3D Snowflake, explore Snow Crystal Geometry, or Grow Snow Crystals!


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