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This DIY fake snow is SO fun for kids – any uses only 2 ingredients (for under $5!)
DIY Fake Snow
My kids LOVE sensory play, and this DIY Fake Snow is the perfect fit. I have been setting up various sensory activities since my oldest was about 18 months and it's become part of our weekly routine. Sensory play keeps their attention longer than most toys, and helps them explore new textures, ideas, and encourages imagination. You can get really fancy with a special sensory table, but I find our kitchen table works just as well!
I try to incorporate different mediums in our play (some of our favorites are Kinetic Sand, uncooked rice, and Play Doh) and I love when I find a homemade material to work with.
That's why I'm so excited about this DIY Fake Snow! My three favorite things about making this snow are:
- It took TWO ingredients total (And that's actually two ingredients, not two ingredients plus 5 things from the craft closet)
- It cost less than $5
- It took me less than three minutes to prepare
Here's the scoop on this fun DIY:
Fake Snow Ingredients
Did I mention that this DIY fake snow requires only two ingredients?!
- Baking Soda (I love getting baking soda in a large bag to make for easy scooping)
- White-colored Conditioner (As cheap as you can find it – which is likely at the Dollar Store!)
How To Make Fake Snow
Making this fake snow is RIDICULOUSLY EASY!
In a large bowl, mix 2 1/2 cups baking soda and 1/2 cup conditioner. Stir together until there are no conditioner clumps and it's nice and fluffy.
Playing with DIY Fake Snow
This activity can get a little messy, so I would recommend a tray with a lip or bowl for your kids. I have this acrylic tray from Target that I love for sensory activities – it really comes in handy!
Use tools you have on hand to play with the snow. I like to set out things like little coffee scoops, measuring spoons, small bowls, etc that I can grab right from my kitchen!
We already had these adorable polar animal figurines which fit in perfectly with the theme so I got them out, too! (We also love Safari Ltd Animal Toobs like this polar set). My daughter was absolutely delighted. If you homeschool, this would be such a fun activity to add to your winter weather curriculum.
*This activity is best for older toddlers on up. I would not recommend toddlers who are still putting things in their mouth.*
Can You Store Fake Snow?
You can store your fake snow in a Ziploc bag for up to 5 days. I would try to make sure no food crumbs or other kid-yuckiness has gotten mixed in before storing. If so, I would discard to avoid contamination.
Looking for some other fun activities to do with young kids? Here are some we love!
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