Easy Watercolor Snowflakes


We welcome winter each year with our easy watercolor snowflakes. Using pipettes and other types of droppers not only strengthen fine motor development, but they are also fun to use! Once preschoolers learn how to use them, they want to keep going, such as with our pine cone art and our colorful waterfalls. This type of activity is definitely is part of my top 10 ways to get fingers ready for writing.

Winter Snowflake Art
 This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

What you will need for this activity:

preschool winter art

Preparing the activity:

Cut the coffee filters into snowflakes. Pour the liquid watercolors into containers and thin with water to desired strength. I suggest placing the snowflakes on some sort of tray that can contain the watercolors, because preschoolers love this activity so much that excess watercolors will flow off the snowflake.

Winter Snowflake Art

Invite the children to squeeze the watercolors onto the snowflakes.

You  might need to show them how to squeeze the paint into the pipette and then release it onto the snowflake. You will know when they get it – their faces will light up!

Winter Snowflake Art
Winter Snowflake Art
Winter Snowflake Art
When they are finished, let the snowflakes dry completely.
Winter Snowflake Art
Winter Snowflake Art
Once dry, display! We hung ours on our classroom tree that changes throughout the seasons.
Winter Snowflake Art

Other activities you might be interested in:

fine motor activities      snowman sensory play  preschool shape art



Winter books:



Are you getting my weekly newsletters? They are delivered right to your e-mail!

Sign up here.





  1. Ema (My Little 3 and Me) says:

    These are just beautiful aren’t they, and look such fun to make.

  2. Sheryl Cooper says:

    Hi Ema – seriously, our 3s could do this for weeks at a time, they love it so much! We use our pipettes often for that reason. That, and the salad spinner!

  3. Stephanie Schuler says:

    Excellent! Love these! What a great winter-time activity!

    • Sheryl Cooper says:

      Thank you, Stephanie! Yes, we had a lot of fun with them, and they look so pretty hanging in our room!

  4. Kate Lloyd says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never used coffee filters. Thanks for teaching me how!

  5. SO cute!

  6. Danya atDanyaBanya says:

    Wow, aren’t they effective!

  7. Bernadette Hutton says:

    Hi there,
    Can I just say how much I love these ideas. It’s great to see activities that are quick and easy. I try them out before taking them into our 2/3year olds. I would love to claim them as my ideas but I rave about this site. Keep it up