Building a snowman is one of the magic moments of childhood I think all kids should do if the weather allows. The down side is the inevitability of having to see a melting snowman sitting in your yard and having to say goodbye to a lovingly made friend!
A melting snowman offers kids the opportunity to observe, talk about and understand all sorts of science like changing materials; solid, liquid, gas and temperatures too which is wonderful. An easy way to carry on chatting about their observations and learning and help kids deal with any sadness they may have about their melting snowman is through this fun and easy Melting Snowman Blow Painting activity.
Supplies For A Melting Snowman Blow Painting Activity
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How To Carry Out A Melting Snowman Blow Painting Activity
I love doing this activity with young kids. It gives them lots of opportunity to chat about what they know and what they may have seen with their own real melting snowman. It’s lovely to hear squeals of delight as they see their painted snowman “melt”.
For kids to be successful with a blow painting activity the paint needs to be thick enough to stay in the starting position but thin enough to move easily when blown. If yours is too thick then you can add a drop or two of water to get to a working consistency.
I start by letting the children paint their basic snowman shape and encourage them to layer the paint on really thickly. They could even spoon a dollop into the middle if they like! The thicker the paint the more exciting and dynamic the blow painting experience.
We added simple features with googly eyes, some mini pom poms for buttons and a triangle of felt for the carrot nose. The children just dropped them into place without pushing them into the paint. This way they slip and slide around easily when the children start blowing and it gives a realistic melting snowman appearance.
Now the real fun begins because it’s time to blow! I offer children jumbo straws and normal straws to blow through. The different straw thicknesses make a big difference to the way the paint moves and the power of the children’s breath…it’s a fun science lesson on its own and kids are sure to get a lot out of being able to explore it.
It’s such fun to create a melting effect as they blow and kids often find it really funny to see where the googly eyes, nose and buttons end up. Some of our mini pom pom buttons ended up “melting” right off the paper!
Top Tip – if doing this melting snowman blow painting activity with very young children make sure they know how to blow not suck before you begin!
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