Making our mark in the snow

We have had a lot of snow already this season and we are always looking for new and interesting ways to play with it!  This activity is quick and easy to set up and a really interesting way to explore snow in the classroom…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach PreschoolFor this activity, we gathered up two trays full of snow and set out some markers.  Now, these markers don’t have to be the best markers.  They could be old ones that are on the verge of  being thrown away.  The wetness of the snow helps to pull the old ink out of the marker.  This activity is a great way to get one last use out of an old set of markers…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

In preschool, we often refer to very early attempts at name writing as “making your mark.”  For some children, it may just be a line on the paper, but for others it may be the beginning of letter formation.  Our children weren’t limited to just writing their name for this activity.  They could explore the snow and markers however they wished.  And as you can see, our children were eager to give it a try…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

The children sat down to explore this activity and quickly discovered that the markers do not write the same on snow as they do on paper.  The snow is bumpy, and gritty and not at all like the smooth texture of paper…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

The children were challenged to figure out the best way to use the markers because the texture of the snow created such a different type of writing surface.  Some children simply made dots in the snow by dabbing their marker…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

Other children were more determined to cover their snow in marker, trying to figure out how to best adapt to their new coloring surface…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

It was interesting to see how each child approached this process differently…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

Whenever you use color to explore snow, whether it be with water color paints or with markers, the color mixing process is always so beautiful…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

For some children, the sensory experience of using their fingers to draw in the snow was more exciting than using the actual markers and that’s okay too…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

A gingerbread man even joined in on the fun…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

Using markers in the snow was a great multi-sensory way to explore color and pre-writing skills…

Making our mark in the snow by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-01-04T06:00:12+00:00January 4th, 2014|

About the Author:

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. Isabel Palomino January 4, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Just wondering if you can share ideas for those of us who want to do wonter themedcideas but live in a warm climate! Thanks! Lovecall your ideas though! Just wish I had real snow to use!

  2. Barb Allen January 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Deborah, this activity is a great one! Not only multi-sensory skills are used, but fine motor skills in just trying to make their ‘mark’ in the snow! What a darling idea for the use of snow! Didn’t know the moisture in the snow would bring out the ink in used markers. Good use for those, instead of throwing them away! Thanks!

  3. The Blue Desk January 20, 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I have been searching the internet for ways to do this activity without using food coloring. This is a great idea, thanks!

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