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Fake Snow That Is Actually COLD!

How to Make Fake Snow That is Cold!

Here’s a really simple recipe for making fake snow and you can easily make it cold! This is a great activity to do with your toddler or preschooler. Plus, it makes a great sensory bin filler when you are done!


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Ingredients to Make Fake Snow

I wanted to make fake snow with my kids because even though we live in New York, we haven’t had any significant snow this season. We did this activity as a part of our Snow Unit.

All you need to make this fake snow is baking soda and shaving cream. You can also use glitter and snow beads but these are not necessary.

We started by putting the baking soda in the freezer overnight. This way it would be nice and chilled the next day when we played with it. Then we poured it into the container that we typically use for sensory bins. I didn’t measure it, I just eye-balled how much I thought would be good for both of my kids.


Then we added shaving cream. Every once in a while we would stop to mix it all up (with our hands). We continued to add shaving cream as needed until it was a nice consistency.


Technically, that’s all you need, but I had some iridescent glitter and snow beads in my craft bin so I pulled those out and we added them as well. It was a great addition to our fake snow.


The consistency of this combination is really cool. It makes for a perfect sensory bin filler.

How to Make a Fake Snow Sensory Bin

Before we started this activity, I pulled a few items that I thought would work well with our fake snow sensory bin. I placed them in this chip dish, along with our usual sensory bin tools. Whenever I do something like this, I use it as an “invitation to play.” Meaning, I don’t give any directions with any of these materials or tools. I simply place them in front of my children and I let them take charge.


It’s really amazing to see how their imagination just takes over and they immediately start to play with their fake snow. This fake snow sensory bin kept my two kids busy for a loooong time!

My daughter loved throwing all of the materials in the bin and covering them with fake snow. She loved the feel so much she even took her socks off so she could stick her little feet in the sensory bin.


My son, on the other hand, focused on driving all of the cars through the snow. He found this to be so entertaining that he asked if he could get more of his toy trucks and cars to play with. This sensory bin kept my two littles engaged for a nice chunk of time.

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Hi, I’m Michelle! I’m a teacher, mommy, and curriculum designer from Long Island, NY. I’ve taught both general and special education, with a focus on grades pre-k through first. My passion is hands-on learning, and finding ways to make all things engaging and fun!

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