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Muddy Faces

Simple painted snowflakes

A simple festive creative children's activity. Mark making on wooden noggins to create some fun, effective seasonal decorations.

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* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like this one – often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • wooden counters (or cardboard or pebbles)
  • paint & paint brushes

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of wood

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use


Cut your own or buy a number of wooden discs or counters.

For hanging decorations, drill a hole at the top (see our drill a wooden disc activity).

Thicker counters can be used for games. In this example we are making counters for tic tac toe.

Sand your counters smooth on one side (or both sides if you’re painting both).


Using weatherproof acrylic paints gives a finish suitable for the outdoors – most other paints should be fine for indoor use.

Step #1

Start by painting a white line straight across your disc.

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Step #2

Paint two more white lines, crossing in the middle, giving you a 6-pronged basic snowflake.

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Step #3

Add lots of twiddly bits and swirls or loop the prongs together – every snowflake is unique!

Take it further:

  • turn your counters into hanging decorations by using a hand or palm drill to make a hole, then thread with ribbon or string
  • or put them with snowmen for festive noughts & crosses counters.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

Key Features

  • Age Range 3+
  • Duration Less than an hour1 - 2 Hours
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Winter
  • Time of Day Anytime
  • Categories: Art & Creating
    wooden discs


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