Sunday, January 1, 2017

Easy Colorful Paper Towel Snowflakes

Winter time means snow and snowflakes and curling up by the fire with hot cocoa. We have been on vacation for the past few weeks in the snow and it has made me really excited for our first Weekly Virtual Book Club book in January!

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We are spotlighting The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats during our WINTER themed week and we are making colorful paper towel snowflakes!

Paper towel snowflakes are so easy to make for kids of all ages and they look beautiful once they are up hanging!



We first made colorful paper towel creations when we were introduced to them in the The Curious Kid's Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-On Activities for Ages 4-8 by Asia Citro.

We have used colored markers and liquid water colors so use whichever one you have around the house.

We start by coloring on paper towels with markers and then dropping water on top of them to get the marker colors to spread. If we are using liquid watercolors, we just drop them onto the paper towels.

After the towels are sufficiently covered in color, we let them dry.

Then we fold the paper towels like you would fold a square piece of paper to make a snowflake. Usually the older kids and grown ups do the folding and then the little kids can help with cutting and snipping.

We love researching different ways to cut snowflakes before we get started so that we end up with a big variety of different shaped snowflakes.

These easy paper towel snowflakes are fun to hang up on your windows and let the light shine through them. We have also made colorful coffee filter spin art snowflakes before when we haven't had paper towels.

Paper towels can be a bit delicate depending on the brand that you buy, so make sure you buy a sturdy brand! It is totally fine to secure a piece of paper towel with tape if it rips as well.

In this activity we explored how water changes the spread of color and makes art!

The kids squirted watercolors or drew with markers onto the dry paper towels and onto the wet paper towels and made some predictions about what they thought might happen!

This colorful science activity got the kids thinking, making predictions, and problem solving!

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a darling book that shows the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. I love reading the book with my kids and also watching the video retelling on YouTube.

We have several other fun WINTER THEMED ACTIVITIES pinned over on our Winter Crafts and Activities Pinterest Board. Check out the other activities below from our VBC Co-Hosts this week.

(additional links will be added as posts go live)

Snowflake Swat Letter Learning Game - Preschool Powol Packets
Snowball Sight Words on a Sticky Table - Views From a Step Stool
Snowy Day Inspired Alphabet Writing Tray by School Time Snippets
Snow Dough Bin- To Be A Kid Again
Puffy Paint Melted Snowman- Messy Little Monster
Cozy Winter Book Nook- CraftCreateCalm
Snow Tea Party- Teach Beside Me
Easy Colorful Paper Towel Snowflakes- Toddler Approved
Let's Build Snowflake Designs- JDaniel4's Mom
Why we salt the roads Science Investigation from Rainy Day Mum
The Snowy Day Book Related Pre-Writing Sensory Tray- Growing Book by Book
Snowman Lantern - Artsy Momma
Coffee Filter Snow Flakes - Mama Smiles
Melting Snowball Estimations- My Storytime Corner

If you have any other favorite winter themed activities, please share them!


  1. They turned out so colorful!! We love making snowflakes!

  2. I am having trouble locating the cozy winter book nook


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