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This winter we haven’t received much snow. Which is such a bummer for the kids because we love to play in the snow. The last time it snowed we stayed outside as long as we could. We made snowmen and had a pretty epic snowball fight.
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Coming inside to warm up with hot cocoa by the fireplace was definitely a hit too.
We are dreaming of a white Christmas but if it doesn’t come we will do it ourselves!
This recipe was SUPER easy to make. We got the idea from my sons preschool teacher and it didn’t let us down. (Thank you, Ms. Patty!)
Some things to know before you start
It gets messy. I decided to put a cheap tablecloth on our kitchen table with a large tray.
My 2-year-old had a hard time keeping the fake snow on the table so there was quite a bit to clean up afterward. Clean up was easy breezy though! (I promise!)
I swept the excess off the kitchen floor then ran over it with a mop. For the mess left on the kitchen table, I saved what I could then shook the tablecloth outside. After that, I just wiped it down with a wet rag and I was done.
What You Will Need
- Shaving Cream (I used sensitive unscented)
- 1 lb Baking Soda
- 2-3 Drops of Essential Oil (Optional)
- Glitter (Optional)
How to Make Fake Snow
My kids were able to make the snow completely on their own. This is a good project to let them have some independence.
- Pour the entire box of baking soda onto your tray or in a bowl.
- Add about 2 cups of shaving cream to start with. (We gradually added more to get the perfect snowy texture.)
- Add your essential oil drops or glitter if you are using it.
- Mix the ingredients together with your hands. Have your kids work with it like they are working with dough.
- Start Playing!
Once we got the perfect snowy texture my son noticed that the snow felt cold. He was SO excited that it resembled real snow.
My 4 year old built “snowy mountains” and a snowman. While my 2-year-old liked to explore the sensory side of this. She would make it snow, massage the snow, and rub it in her hands. She got the full sensory experience.
My kids were content playing like this for about 30 minutes. After that my younger one decided it was fun to make a mess with her fake snow.
We are still hoping for some real snow but if we don’t get any at least we have this as a backup!
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