How To Make Snow
What kid doesn’t love playing with snow? Did you know you can make it at home with only 2 ingredients? It is a perfect winter activity for your toddler or preschooler. Keep reading for this easy tutorial and ideas for your winter snow sensory bin!
How To Make Snow At Home
For me, the making of the snow is a part of the learning. This is a science experiment that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! We are taking two ingredients and combining them to make something different.
The two ingredients you will need to make fake snow are flour and oil. I used coconut oil. PLEASE BE AWARE OF ANY FOOD ALLERGIES BEFORE DOING THIS. My son is allergic to some tree nuts, coconut is not one of them so we can use it. However, if coconut oil is not an option, you can also use vegetable oil or baby oil. I took 4 cups of flour and close to 1 cup of coconut oil. Mix these two together until you get a consistency that will allow you to create “snowballs” with it.
If you have glitter, it adds a nice touch, so go ahead and let your littles sprinkle some in.
Winter Activities for Preschoolers
I keep a bin of random craft supplies in my basement. I went and grabbed some things I thought might work with this fake snow. I also had some counting bear manipulatives and our typical sensory bin tools (scoops, tweezers, measuring spoons). I put all of this in a chip and dip tray from the dollar store and placed it in between both kids. No directions were needed. They just dug right in and got to exploring.
You can really use anything, just know that whatever they put in the fake snow will most likely end up being garbage at the end. I was able to wash the items made of plastic (bears, scoops, tweezers), but the pom poms and stuff were tossed when we were done.
Playing With Fake Snow
Now it’s time to let the magic happen. Let your children explore and create in any way they want. To me, this is the beauty of sensory bins. There is no right or wrong way of doing it.
This activity can get a bit messy. Be prepared to vacuum up the flour that made it’s way out of their sensory bin. I had my kids at the dining room table. If I do this activity again, I will put them on the floor with a large towel or sheet under them.
When my preschooler started to lose interest, we challenged him to make things with the snow. This brought a new level of excitement to the winter activity. Some of the things he created were a snowflake sandwich, face, and a snowman.
Overall, this activity cost me zero dollars (I had all of the supplies in my house already), took about 3 minutes to prep, and kept my children busy for an hour. I’d say that’s a win!
If you end up making this fake snow, I’d love to hear about it and see your pictures. Make sure to tag me on Instagram @mrsvschickadees
4 cups of flour
1/2-1 cup of coconut oil (can be vegetable oil, olive oil or baby oil)
Put 4 cups of flour in a bowl
Start by adding 1/2 cup of oil and mixing it up. If the consistency is not right, continue to add oil. You want to be able to make “snowballs” out of the mixture
Sprinkle glitter to add a shimmer
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