Engage even the most reluctant little artists with this fun twist on making coffee filter snowflake art with kids.
As an art teacher to young learners, my goal is to reach and engage all of my students. This can be a daunting task considering children have various interests, strengths, abilities, sensory sensitivities, and/or special needs. It’s always fascinating to see what young artists gravitate towards and also what they dismiss.
Some children love to paint and light up when they see the brushes and bottles of paint set out on the table. Others love a clay day and will roll and mold with glee! Many are happy to experiment with non-traditional art materials through creative play, sensory art, or process art.
However, each year I always have a few students who, for various reasons, are my most challenging to engage. I’m left searching for something that will inspire and get them enthused and eager to create. Through trial and error over the years I’ve discovered that incorporating water play with art has been a lifesaver!
Having students squeeze, squirt, and spray water is often my go-to activity! It incorporates action and play into the art-making process. Today we’ll explore this idea and create coffee filter snowflakes. So, let the faucet run and don’t be afraid to get a little wet!
Coffee Filter Snowflake Art Project for Kids
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Snowflake Science and Art
I love the magic and excitement of snow! Ask any teacher, if it’s snowing during school hours students have their eyes glued to the windows and are sure to tell you it’s snowing!
Let’s embrace that excitement with a snowflake art project. Each snowflake is unique and your child’s finished piece of art will be as well!
Keep these facts in mind when creating and discussing snowflakes during snowflake theme activities:
- Snowflakes are tiny droplets of ice.
- Snowflakes are symmetrical.
- Snowflakes are hexagonal in shape meaning they have six points.
- Snowflakes are not white. They are actually clear.
Materials for Coffee Filter Snowflakes
- Coffee Filters
- Paper Plates
- Construction Paper (I used Tru-Ray Fluorescent colors)
- Spray Bottle
Step By Step Directions:
1. Scribble and Draw!
Secure the coffee filter to the paper plate with glue and begin to draw on the filter with markers. You are free to make any marks you like including lines, shapes, doodles, scribbles, and dots. Coloring in various areas is also an option. Make sure to cover the majority of the filter, use a variety of colors, and overlap colors and designs to add interest.
2. Spray Away!
Spray water using a spray bottle. The marker will begin to bleed and run. Experiment using a little or a lot of water to achieve various results.
3. Squeeze and Squirt!
Try using an eyedropper to add water and achieve more isolated results. Aim, squirt, and watch as the colors blend together.
4. Cut and Create!
After the water dries cut strips of paper in various lengths and glue them to the filter to create a snowflake. Create symmetrical, six-pointed snowflakes or make imaginary flakes. If your child is struggling have him or her begin by creating an X with the strips or a plus sign.
I’d love to see your snowflake creations, so please tag @fantasticfunandlearning and @youngschoolartwithmr.g on Instagram.
I hope you enjoy this art activity that combines process art and crafting with water. Your child is sure to remember the magic blending and bleeding process as the colors mix and swirl together.
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Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This lesson plan set also includes:
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- Fall Snowflakes Phoneme Segmentation Mats (4 versions)
- Count the Snowflakes Emergent Math Reader for Numbers 1 to 10 (3 versions in color and b/w)
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- Snowflake Upper- and Lowercase Letter Matching Puzzles (in color and b/w)
- Snowflake Vocabulary Word Cards (in color and b/w)
- Snowflake Roll and Color Graphing (in color and b/w)
- 1-20 Snowflake Counting Mats with Blank Version Included (in color and b/w)
- Snowflake Number Cards for 0-35 (in color and b/w)
- Snowflake Patterning and Sorting Cards (in color and b/w)
- Snowflake Shape Game (in color and b/w)
- Do You Like Snow? Class Graphing Header and Voting Cards
- My Snowflake Science Journal with pages for 7 science activities (in color and b/w)
- 21 Real Snowflake Photographs
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