Although Spring is right around the corner, many parts around the world are still in the throes of winter! Winter here in southern New Hampshire seems to drag on through March. If you are still experiencing Winter in your part of the world, you will love this winter art project inspired by the lovely children’s book Snowflake Bentley!
Upon reading the first line of this book, “In the days when farmers worked with ox and sled and cut the dark with a lantern there lived a boy who loved snow more than anything else in the world.” my son exclaimed, “That’s me!” That is when I knew we had a wonderful book!
The children’s book Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is without a doubt our most favorite book we have read this winter! We loved it so much, I ordered a copy for our home library!
Winter Art Project Inspired by Snowflake Bentley
After reading Snowflake Bentley, we were inspired to create some unique snowflake artwork! We decided to do a simple, process art project that goes perfectly with this winter story.
Crayon Resist Snowflake Art
Crayon resist art is a quick and easy process art project that we have enjoyed in the past. It requires very little supplies, minimal set up and is easy enough for toddlers to enjoy! To create some crayon resist snowflake art all you have to do is draw snowflakes on white paper with white wax crayons. The waxier the crayon the better the resist will appear. Then paint over the snowflakes with blue watercolor paint and watch the snowflakes magically appear!
That’s all there is to it! Although this is a process art project and no directions are really needed, I did encourage my son to experiment with drawing snowflakes of different sizes and shapes and using different crayons. We tried using silver crayons, but those snowflakes did not show up as well as the snowflakes drawn with white waxy crayons. I also encouraged my son to cover as much of his white paper as he could. The purpose of this is to get more of a fine motor workout and to encourage more creativity and a longer attention span.
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