How we did it:
- cold weather
- watercolor paints
- large tray
- mittens or gloves
- toy plastic animals
This is one of my kids' favorite wintertime projects... the only things we we need are winter and paint, and they're off--sometimes busy for an hour or more! Plastic bowls, cups, and Popsicle molds all make excellent containers.
My only involvement in this project is getting out the bowls and then filling up the water pitcher... my children know what to do!
You could use food coloring for this project if you like, but watercolor paints work just fine--and they're often washable. If you don't have watercolors, just choose a washable paint and water it down.
My children love mixing colors and discovering new ones.... some they mix, and some they leave alone and let set (to see what happens)...
When the colors are done, I put them on a tray (sometimes they're very, very full!) and carry them outside, putting them out in the cold.
First thing the next morning they get checked on... they're frozen! And ready for play.
We put a towel on the table and a tray on top. Maddie fetches some snow from outside, and then we get out the paints...
...and penguins, rabbits, dinosaurs, and other animals, and the kids set up an icy animal kingdom.
Painted crystal caves, snowshoe hare dens, polar bear glaciers.... it's all wonder and wander in this snowy, icy land!