Our 'ingredients' included:
One plastic tray
A piece of paper to fit tray- watercolour paper a good option
Colour- daughter choose poster paints, I choose food colouring and Daddy choose some beetroot paint we'd made the other day
The Plan was to:
Place the piece of paper in the tray
Get a bucket full of snow and tip on to the tray
Start adding colour
And see what happened.
What did happened:
What did happened:
We started by adding our colour
A little mixing
Getting hands in
More colour and mixing
A request for paint direct on hands
Now for some scrapping out of the tray and back into the bucket
A request for a spoon
Quick newspaper...no wait plain paper will be better
Now for some foot painting
Results after standing up and having a really good twist in the paint with feet
A little later to return to snow having melted a little
Some painting with snow paint
Then back to pouring from bucket to tray- sadly I missed a photo of the paper after the first pouring into the bucket as the snow paint had made some lovely marks- but busy toddler needed next pouring to be supervised (I am fairly relaxed but did not fancy snow/water/paint all over the kitchen!).
The pouring and spooning continued for quite a while as we watched the snow melt more and more and become less crunchy and mushy. Baby was also enlisted to help with the activities.
So whilst the end result was not exciting (although I think can be taken forward to our next painting fun- more interesting to have a coloured/textured piece of paper to paint on), this was not what it was about. My daughter and I got to spend time together experimenting, playing, being creative and simply being together. My daughter, in addition, learnt a little more about snow, melting, colour, mixing, pouring, instructing baby what to do and generally just got to play!