Snow scientists at play

We had a nice surprise this morning before heading off to preschool – it snowed! Usually, we have lots of snow by now but this was our first “real” snow day this school year. So we had to take advantage of it…

The children managed to scrape together just enough snow to build a snowman. They added a nose and ears using some of the play food from our classroom. They also added Ms. Abby’s scarf as the final touch…

On their way back into the classroom, the children were given small trays to scrape up some snow and bring back with them. I had thought they would bring in a small amount but they chose to pick up as much snow as they could carry…

And so we had to drag out the big magnet board to put some of the snow on and the rest of it stayed on the individual trays…

At first, I only set out paintbrushes and colored water for the children to paint their snow…

But once the children got started, I decided to add droppers to the process too…

The children liked the droppers best. They liked poking holes into the snow and then adding the color inside the holes. The droppers made them feel like they were scientists…

The children took their time exploring, examining, and coloring the snow…

Some of the children preferred to work on their own little tray of snow and some preferred to work on the big group tray of snow…

This wasn’t a planned activity for the day but how can you resist not making a snow day out of a snow day?

Once the children decided they were done exploring the snow, we piled all the colorful snow on the large tray and took it back outside…

By the end of the day, most of the snow had already melted away but perhaps we will have one more day of snow before spring! We shall see!


By |2012-02-15T06:00:38+00:00February 15th, 2012|

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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. Little Wonders' Days February 15, 2012 at 6:35 am - Reply

    It looks like a super fun spontaneous activity! We haven’t gotten any snow this year, 🙁

  2. Brenna February 15, 2012 at 6:43 am - Reply

    You had more snow than we did over here in Delaware. Our snow leftover on Monday was flattened out ice on the playground. The students enjoyed laying down on it to try to make snow angels, and they scraped up some icy snowballs to throw. It was nothing worthwhile with which to experiment or get good play out of. Yes, wondering if there will be one more snow for preschool sake before spring. I’m thinking probably not though.

  3. Leeanne A February 15, 2012 at 7:02 am - Reply

    I wish the snow would stay on the ground long enough for us to really get out and play – we have had slush fall but no real snow! Strange for Canada!
    It looks like your class had an awesome time! The colour looks great on the snow!

  4. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum February 15, 2012 at 7:45 am - Reply

    This looks so much fun our snow was on the ground for a week but because of baby we didn’t get to play out in as much as J wanted to. I can’t wait for next winter when it will be a pre-schooler and a toddler in our house so much fun to have with snow.

  5. Joan February 15, 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Deborah, please send some snow down our way in North Carolina so we can play, too 🙂 Unfortunately, we always close schools with any measurable snow so we don’t get to play in it at preschool, but we teachers enjoy a good snow day at home once in awhile! LOL!!!!!!

  6. Esther February 15, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply

    No snow here too:-( Great idea to Paint snow indoors!

  7. Nicole {Tired, Need Sleep} February 15, 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Oh gosh, aren’t they sweet? Love the pictures of them carrying huge piles of snow in and then being so intent on using those droppers. This is a super fun activity that I’d kind of forgotten about. IF it snows again, we’ll be doing this too!

  8. Mandy February 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    We NEVER have snow here, unless we drive to the highlands 45min or more away.
    I do happen to have some “fake” snow in our cupboard tho.
    Hmm, could be a “snow day” here today, middle of summer and all.
    Lovely pics, thank you for sharing. 🙂

  9. Michelle February 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    It’s on days like that, that I wish we had more snow here in NC… we haven’t had one flake fall from the sky yet this year!! I’m actually jealous 😉

  10. jenny @ let the children play February 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I love seeing your kids out playing in the snow – it seems so exotic to me because it never snows in Sydney. In fact, I have only ever seen snow once! If your kids can go out in the snow, there is no excuse for any Aussie preschool not to go out in our mild winters!

  11. Amber February 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Our kids LOVE eyedropper coloring with snow. Something they also ask for when we get a bit of snow (and this year it hasn’t been in abundance here either). They also love colored water in spray bottles for outdoor coloring (like making a red shirt on the snowman. :-D)

  12. andiejaye February 16, 2012 at 1:48 am - Reply

    we got tons of snow last week and built a snowman on our deck so we could see it all the time. we haven’t painted snow yet, but i’d love to try it. maybe i’ll bring some in tomorrow! also, i just loved looking at how hard they’re all concentrating… so cute!

  13. Margie December 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Perhaps you could lay cotton fabric squares or rectangles on the trays before putting the snow on. Then use fabric paint or acrylic paint w/fabric medium added to it to paint the snow. When the snow melts it would color the fabric which could then be used to make a quilt or a small pincushion or ????

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