Sweet Happy Life

Cotton Ball Snowstorm Painting

We are expecting 10-15 12-16 inches of snow within the next 24 hours and to say the munchkin is excited would be an understatement. This morning he informed me of our complete itinerary: we’re making smores in the fireplace and building a snowman family when it stops snowing. Then we get a hot chocolate break before making snow angels. :)

The snowstorm also inspired our painting time today. The munchkin wanted to paint a snowstorm so we brought out a canvas, paints and cotton balls. We poured blue, white and clear glitter paint on a paper plate, then he started dipping cotton balls in the paints and pressing the cotton balls all over the canvas.

I wish I could capture how pretty the end results were in a photo. There are all sorts of textures and areas where paint is thicker than others. Along the sides the glitter sparkles like snowflakes swirling around in a storm. In person, this painting actually rivals the watercolor + glue + salt paintings the munchkin does – which is saying something! Not bad for a super simple painting technique that hardly required any effort.

I hope your holiday season has been filled with love and light so far. Here’s to a toasty night.

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.


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  • Thanks for the great idea! I did this with my toddler class and they enjoyed it, some were confused about the lack of a paintbrush but had fun dragging the cotton ball through the paint. I let them sprinkle the glitter on themselves at the end. Everybody loves glitter!

    • Glad you and your students had fun with this one Melanie! Sounds like they enjoyed experimenting with a new way to use paint. :)