Melting Snowmen

by Amy Collins June 8, 2018

Build a snowman and watch it melt, all from the comfort of your classroom.

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Use a variety of mixed media and techniques to create a Christmas painting. 

You will need (per person)

  • 2 x Shallow Gratnells (F1) trays
  • 1 x 8-section Gratnells insert to organise resources
  • A selection of craft resources e.g. buttons, googly eyes, tinsel, pipe cleaners
  • 1 x A4 coloured paper
  • 1 x Bottle of runny white paint
  • 2 x Googly eyes
  • 3 x Buttons (we used ones from Edx Education)
  • 1 x Drinking straws

Simply multiply the resources for the number of intended participants.


  • Organise the craft materials into the 8-section insert inside a shallow tray and place it into the centre of the table so it is accessible to all.

What to do:

  • Place one piece of paper into the shallow or art tray.
  • Squirt two spots of white paint onto the paper.
  • Use straws to blow the paint out in each direction to make it look like a blob of melted snow.
  • Decorate your snowman with googly eyes and buttons, or give it a nose and scarf.
  • Take photographs at each step and make a video of the paint blowing part to capture your work.
  • Hold your painting up so the paint begins to drip down and your snowman look like it’s melting

Leave your work to dry on a flat surface to avoid further paint dripping.

Tip: Working in Gratnells trays keeps your materials organised and minimises mess and provides each child or small group with their own dedicated work station.

Other things to try…

  • When the students have made their painted snowmen and added their decorations, elevate the paper above the tray and watch the paint fall. Time how long it takes for the paint to fall into the tray. This could be a competition between students, or you could experiment with different heights or angles of the paper.
  • If you like this activity, try our Ink Reindeer Antlers activity, which uses many of the same resources.
  • Share photographs of your Christmas creations on social media using #WhatsInMyTray.

Health & Safety

As with all Gratnells Learning Rooms What’s In My Tray activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any of the activities or demonstrations.