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.

About the Author
I'm a work-at-home mom and entertainment director for my son, a.k.a. The Munchkin. When we aren't doing art, singing songs or making something tasty in the kitchen we enjoy listening to podcasts and exploring the outdoors. I'm also slightly obsessed with coffee and love to knit. :)
  1. Seanna Lea

    Very pretty. I hope you and yours are having a lovely holiday!

  2. Melanie

    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!

    • Ari

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

  3. otthrive

    What a creative idea for a sensory activity! I have linked to your post in an article on my parenting/occupational therapy blog.