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!”

Comments

  1. says

    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!

  2. Carolyn says

    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!

  3. Joan Banker says

    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 says

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