I grew up in Boise, Idaho. (No, not on the potato farm.) And it only snow there, like a good snow when you can build a snowman, once a year. This is surprising to most people because Idaho is a colder place. BUT as of beginning of Winter of 2017, Boise had a quite of a snowstorm. They had 7+ snow days where kids stayed at home from school because Idaho has never seen this much snow in 30 years! Whaaaat? My childhood totally missed out all of that snow! So I decided to make my own snow. This snow recipe makes a realistic snow. It feels cold. It’s moldable. It’s feels REAL. There’s also a cool science experiment involved at the end. So that’s a bonus!
Here are the supplies you need for this activity
- Shaving cream
- Baking soda
- Tupperware or sensory bin
- Mixing spoon
- *Optional: Glitter. To make it sparkle!
- Table cloth or garbage bag to cover the floor for easy clean-up
- Pour desired amount of baking soda in the bowl
- Gradually add and mix the shaving cream in until firm. Firm enough that you can make mold-able snow.
You can use up most of the box of baking soda and shaving cream to make a good amount of snow. I was just experimenting and I wasn’t sure if my daughter was up to do this activity. So I only did a 1/4 cup of baking soda. Not much at all, but she did play with them for a bit. We talked about snow and snowball. It was good talking to her about snow since we don’t have real snow in Texas.
Cool Science Experiment
Supplies you need for the science experiment
- Empty Spray Bottle
Pour the baking soda snow into the bowl of vinegar and watch it erupt!
Spray the vinegar to the snowball and watch it fizzle out. So COOL!
Try it out! Your kids will be amazed!
- I recommend this activity to 3 year old and up. My 18 month old daughter was trying to eat it… So I am holding on to this activity until she’s a bit older. 🙂 Regardless, it’s a great sensory play. It’s also a great time to talk to your child about snow and the science behind mixing baking soda and vinegar.
- ALWAYS supervise your kids during this activity. No matter what.
Hope you had fun! Let me know how it went with your kids! 😀