This is an activity that is both fun in the making and the next day in the playing. When I was a girl, one of the playschools in our elementary school building used to spray the snow with coloured water and all the children the next day would dig out the the icy jewels of the frozen coloured water to play with under a small grouping of trees- a magical childhood memory. Materials Food colouring New spray bottles Water Craft tray Smock You may want to wear old snow gear to avoid stains Additional option Ice cube tray Directions Purchase new spray bottles. We recommend industrial ones as they hold up better and are easy to spray with mitts on. You can buy them inexpensively at Home Depot. As children often eat snow (I know, gross, but realistic!), we strongly urge you not to wash out and re-use bottles that previously housed chemicals for safety reasons. Fill your bottles with water. Don your smock and put your bottles over a craft tray. Add food colouring until you get your desired shade. Secure your sprayer. Don old snow gear (in case of staining). Spray the snow with your water solution. The next day once the water has frozen, dig out the pieces of coloured snow (you might water to wear water resistant, dark coloured mitts for this play) and enjoy imaginative play with your “jewels”. If you want to simplify the process, simply fill ice cube trays with water, add a few drops of food colouring, freeze overnight, take outside and enjoy! Purpose Ideas for imaginative play Encouraging outdoor play Opportunities for colour mixing Safety Notes Exercise caution when using food colouring as it may stain some surfaces. Use new spray bottles, rather than washing out ones that held chemicals. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.