This Snow Puffy Paint is one of our favorite art activities plus it’s a fun sensory play activity too! It is so easy to make. You only need 2 ingredients, which you probably already have at home.
What you need to make Snow Puffy Paint:
- Shaving gel (or shaving cream)
- White glue (we used PVA Glue)
How to make Snow Puffy Paint:
Simply mix 1 part shaving gel to 1 part white glue. And that’s it! You actually don’t need a lot. To give you an idea, we only used approximately 1/4 cup shaving gel and 1/4 cup of glue to make all the artwork you see on this page.
So, first… Use the mixture for sensory play. The mixture is NOT sticky at all. It’s also not a very messy art activity (compared to paints), because the consistency is so thick that it doesn’t spill or drip. And it smells great.
As a sensory play activity, encourage your child to feel the texture and play/experiment with the material. You can also put a huge blob and ask your child to trace circles, shapes, letters or numbers with his/her finger.
When the kids are ready to make their artwork, you can let them create using their hands and fingers. This was an artwork done by a 3-year old who dipped her fingers into the snow puffy paint, then continuously tapped her fingers on the paper. This will be a perfect craft for toddlers.
Or you could also let your child use a paint brush. Here are artworks done with a paint brush. The kids created lots of snow, a pine tree covered in snow and lots of snow men too…
Another way of creating an artwork is letting your child drop blobs of the snow puffy paint onto paper. Older kids can drop these blobs more methodically and thus create a snow man. With the Frozen fever still going, who wouldn’t want to build a snowman?
The next day, my daughter wanted to do it all again (shows how much she loved this snow puffy paint!). And this time, we used toilet paper rolls and made circle puffy paint patterns…
We also tried to see what happens if we placed a big blob in the middle of the paper and moved it around with string…
When this snow puffy paint dries up, the result is raised, textured, puffy paint! We had so much fun with this. It was such a great sensory play activity and it turned out to be such a nice art medium to use. Hope you try to do this with your kids and have lots of fun too!
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