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.

Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Watercolor Snowflakes - Beautiful Winter Art by Preschoolers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
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Easy Watercolor Snowflakes

What you will need for this activity:


White tissue snowflakes


Preparing the activity:

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.

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds


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!

 Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds


 If you don’t have access to the pre-cut tissue shapes, you can cut your own out of coffee filters. We’ve done this in the past and they work well.


Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds 


Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds


When they are finished, let the snowflakes dry completely.


 Watercolor-Snowflakes - Winter art for kids - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Displaying the watercolor snowflakes:


We’ve primarily displayed our watercolor snowflakes on bulletin boards, as shown below, often mixed with other artwork. They also look lovely as window displays and can also be turned into festive garland. You could also hang them from the ceiling, as we did with our watercolor doily art.

Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds


Easy Watercolor Snowflakes - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds


 Head on over to my winter Pinterest board to find more fun activities like this!



Other activities you might be interested in:


fine motor activities      snowman sensory play  preschool shape art



Winter books:




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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


  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