Inside: Build fine motor skills while making these tissue paper snowflakes. Squeeze sparkling watercolors from pipettes for beautiful results!
It’s a tradition to make some sort of snowflakes each winter to adorn our classroom walls.
We might tweak the way we make them, but they are always done on either coffee filters or tissue paper. Both are delicate and allow the colors to mix.
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.
How to Make Tissue Paper Snowflakes with Preschoolers
What you will need for this activity:
- White tissue snowflakes
- Blue liquid watercolors
- Purple liquid watercolors
- Gold metallic watercolors
- White metallic watercolors
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.
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!
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.
You can see how we also used them to decorate our classroom tree here:
Head on over to my winter Pinterest board to find more fun activities like this!
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