Snow Tracks Painting for Kids

Learn about natural and earth science as well as practice fine motor skills with this Snow Tracks Painting for Kids. Your preschoolers will have a wonderful time with this Winter painting for kids activity.

Snow Tracks Painting for Kids images with text: Snow Tracks Process Art Painting for KidsThis week, we’re exploring outdoor sights and sounds and today our topic is animal tracks. Such a great way to learn about nature during the Winter months!

preschooler's animal tracks painting using cotton swabsGetting up after a huge snow means the perfect opportunity to look for animal tracks, especially since we have so many different types of forest animals around here.

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

preschooler's snow tracks paintingOur preschool curriculum kit included a track guide, but you could also grab a book about animal tracks or even research different types of tracks via the internet. Either way, find a few you like and get to work making your very own snow tracks.

Keep reading to learn more about this engaging and hands-on painting for kids activity!

preschooler making snow tracks painting using cotton swabSnow Tracks Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Paper
  • Track Guide
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Paint
  • Nature Items

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and any additional materials.


  • What do you notice about the tracks in the photo and on the guide?
  • How can you make tracks with your fingers? How can you use the cotton swabs? What else could you use to make tracks?
  • Where do you think the animal of these tracks might live? How do they survive if they live in snow?
  • How could you use your hand or fist to make a track?


  • Does the child grasp the swab and make tracks?
  • Does he or she talk about animals and their habitats?

preschooler using cotton swab to paint snow tracksTo get started with this activity, I set out blue cardstock, white paint, and cotton swabs. The little guy and baby girl referenced the track guide to pick out animals and then used the supplies to make their tracks in the pretend snow.

preschooler's finished snow tracks paintingNot only is this activity great for encouraging fine motor skills, but it’s also perfect for introducing natural and earth science topics such as animal habitats while learning about forest animals.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our five senses theme from Experience Preschool!

Snow Tracks Painting for Kids images with text: Snow Tracks Process Art for Preschoolers