It started snowing this week just about the time my husband headed out of town and took my patience with him on a train five hours away.
The kids were excited and couldn’t wait to play outside before my morning coffee touched my cup.
I know, know, know I should have been excited and digging through the hats and gloves for matching sets that they would return with, two seconds after they got outside, asking for new ones, dry ones, ones that hadn’t been used for snow-eating.
Instead I was thinking warm thoughts of staying inside and maybe even sitting still for a few seconds.
So I started a “we can do crafts!” campaign. Glitter? Sure! Glue? Absolutely! You want to play with shaving cream? Squirt away! Mix, play, create, do whatever you want to have enough fun in order to completely forget about going outside.
From there my inside craft to overcompensate for not going outside was born.
Glitter snow paint
What you need:
What to do:
Mix one part shaving cream to one part glue and add glitter until there’s enough to make everyone happy.
Let the kids paint away. When the paint dries it puffs up just like snow and the glue keeps the glitter from spreading everywhere.
While my kids were busy painting I was busy writing.
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First of all have to say that you are such an awesome, just wonderful mom!! Thanks for all of your posts and great ideas. I was looking for snow writer recipe and came across this page, so glad i did 🙂
You are a busy little bee! Love this craft idea 🙂 Your kids look so happy (and occupied, HA!)
hollow tree ventures says
Crafting it up AND getting your writing spread all over the innerwebs? Good for you! As a huge bonus, this might be the only craft I’ve ever seen that might entice me to allow an open container of glitter inside my house.
I’m the same way, completely scared of glitter. This is the first time I have let them use it and ONLY because it was thoroughly buried in the paint.
Lady Jennie says
Can I just tell you what an awesome mom I think you are – arts and crafts and the variety of articles you wrote which depicts your reality. You’re truly neat. 🙂
Aww, thank you so much. I’m trying :).
Robin | Farewell, Stranger says
So cool that you’re doing so much writing.
And I wondered about this craft! My son brought home a shaving cream/glue snowman from preschool the other day and I was wondering how they did it. It does totally puff up. I was equal parts intrigued and kind of freaked out. 😉
It’s really neat and so easy to make and it even cleaned up easily because of the shaving cream, so much better than finger paint.
I think we can still be friends despite your over-achieving craftiness. Maybe. Okay fine, I still think you’re awesome, but keep your glitter to yourself 😉
Did you not see that I turned my children purple last week? I think my crafting credibility left when I stained my kids. This was our first glitter craft ever, it scares me.
first, i applaud your bold move not to even put something down on your table first before crafts, and it’s so great you got so much writing done even with your husband away!
What is it about kids and glitter? Fun in-door, cozy, hot chocolate, slippers wearing project!
I don’t know what the deal is with glitter. The container I used for this craft was the one and only jar of glitter we have. It scares me.
Christa the BabbyMama says
The craft campaign NEVER wins when pitted against snow at my house!
It managed to hold them over until my husband was back in town, thank goodness.
Look at you coming up with all the crafty ideas.
Only when faced with the possibility of standing out in the cold ;).
Very cute craft. Also, your first paragraph made me LOL.
Let me know if you try it, we’ve been doing it all the time now. It’s even easy to clean up.
Galit Breen says
Love the craft idea and all of the writing you’ve been doing everywhere! Way to go, sister!
Thanks Galit, I have loved watching your writing career as it rises to the top!