Preschoolers like driving through a snow storm

I didn’t really have a plan for this activity and it isn’t something that will probably get hung up on the refrigerator but Wy had a terrific time with it…

I set out a sheet of black construction paper and put a few dots of white paint on the paper. I told Wy that we were going to make a snow painting. Off to the side was a paint brush and Wy immediately picked it up and started dabbing at the paint…

Then Wy even tried a little finger painting on the paper which surprised me because Wy usually doesn’t care to get paint on his hands. But he kept at it this time…

But after a few minutes, this process just didn’t seem that exciting so I invited Wy to try driving some of his cars through our snow painting…

Now Wy was hooked. He chose one car – drove it through the paint, then went and chose another car to drive through the paint…

He repeated this process until he had driven every car through the paint at least once and sometimes more than once…

Wy also kept moving around the table to paint from different directions which I thought was kind of interesting…

And then he realized that if he drove off of the paper, that the cars would leave tracks on the red plastic table cloth we were using…

So the activity migrated off the black construction paper and onto the plastic table cloth…

I let Wy just go at it until he suddenly decided to run over to my black leather couch and roll the painted car on the couch:) Yep – it was time to call it a night! But it was fun while it lasted. So Wy helped me gather up all the cars and toss them into the kitchen sink. He loves to throw just about anything into the kitchen sink!

See this wonderful painting and “let your child lead you!”

By |2011-01-02T18:00:57+00:00January 2nd, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scentsy Wickless Candles January 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    What a creative idea and fun way to pass time. I am sure he will remember it later down the road. Plus, how can a kid turn down running a car through glue. Great job!!!

  2. Airamty January 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Hey bloggy friend, I love your blog and I think you really deserve an award which is waiting for you at my blog! We are so happy we found you! Blessings!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      I will be sure to hop right over:)

  3. Pam January 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    We’ll have to try this! Every year, we do driving in the mud- same idea as yours except brown paint 🙂 then when the cars need to get clean, they go through the “car wash”…that would be a tub of soapy water 🙂 I have never met a child who doesn’t love this!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      I know that Wy would LOVE driving in the “mud” too!

  4. Carolyn January 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Cute idea!!! I will try it!! Wish I could find the Winter Words again on your site. My printer wouldn’t print at the time, but would like to try again!

  5. Giggles and Crayons January 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    We recently did a winter scene too and my daughter enjoyed it as much as Wy seemed to!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      He loves his cars!!

  6. Joan Banker January 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    I loved watching Wy “go in the snow”! I also like to squirt a thin layer of shaving cream on my classroom table and let the children drive through the ” snow” with all kinds of little vehicles. This is fairly messy, but every car and every little hand gets wiped off with a soft, dry towel after all that hard work 🙂 Our classroom also smells terrific at the end of a “snowy” day!

    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I look forward to receiving the daily e-mails!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 5, 2011 at 12:22 am - Reply

      I will definitely let him try driving in the shave cream snow next time – he will love it!

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