So you want to play with snow but it hasn’t snowed yet, it’s too cold outside or it doesn’t snow where you live. You can still play with snow with these DYI snow recipes for kids. Below you will find recipes for pretend snow (which are good for children’s sensory activities, craft activities and just fun to play with), Snow clay (for molding), Snow paint (paint pictures that look like snow) and if you do have snow where you live, there is a recipe for painting on actual snow. Most of the supplies needed are already found in the home. So go ahead and try one of these recipes below and have fun. Who knew you could have so much fun with snow!
Pretend Snow recipes
Playing with pretend snow is a great sensory activity for kids. They will love touching it figuring out what it is or how “real” snow can be inside. It’s also great for craft projects. You can glue some on a winter scene picture, use for a winter background display etc… The kids will have some much fun making all the different snow recipes. They will be excited to find out how each one will feel, look and smell. I made the baking soda and shaving cream recipe with my one-year-old and she loved it. She was trying to figure out what it was (never leave small children unattended with play snow, especially if they put things in their mouth). Follow the recipes below to make your own pretend snow.
1. Baking Soda and Shaving Cream
This baking soda and shaving cream snow recipe is super easy. Pour one cup of baking soda in a bowl and add in shaving cream slowly until you get the snow consistency that you like.
This snow recipe stays cool to the touch and has a power like feel when you
touch it. If you are doing this with a class, you may want to talk to them about different kinds of snow. When it is really cold outside, the snow will have a more powder like real. This is my favorite snow recipe.
2. Baking Soda and Conditioner
This is another great snow making recipe. Mix 2 1/2 cups of baking soda with 1/2 cup of white conditioner. This snow will also feel cool to the touch but has less of a power feel. It is feels more like a wet snow. Again, if you are doing this with a class, you can explain to them you get a more wet feeling heavy snow when the weather is warmer.
3. Shaving Cream and Cornstarch
Pour one cup of cornstarch into a bowl and mix in shaving cream slowly until you get the snow consistency that you like. This snow feels sort of like powdery crumbs. It is not cool to the touch. It is not as white as the baking soda snow.
4. Corn Starch and White Lotion
Pour one cup of corn starch into a bowl add lotion until you get the snow consistency that you like. It’s important that the lotion you use it white, otherwise your pretend snow will not be white. This snow feels less powdery. It is not as white as the baking soda snow. This is a great recipe for some molding. It’s fun to make small snow balls although they do not stay together very long.
Now that you made some pretend snow for the kids to play with, how about trying to paint with snow. Follow the simple recipe below to make snow paint.
This is a fun activity to do with children of all ages. It’s a great recipe to use to paint a snowman and other winter scenes. The paint will try quickly and look like puffy paint.
Materials: Shaving cream, white school glue 4oz bottle, optional silver or white glitter or if you want to make the movie Frozen snow paint add some blue glitter.
Pour entire bottle of glue into a bowl. Mix in the shaving cream slowly until you get a light and fluffy consistency. If the recipe looks heavy or sticky, then you need to add more shaving cream.
After you get your snow paint at a good consistency consider adding some glitter.
Another good idea is to cut of some black hats, circles and orange noses for your snowman. You can stick them right over the paint, it’s sticks together nicely. There is no need for extra glue.
This recipe will be enough to do with about 10 kids. If you are working with a couple of children start with less glue, then add a little shaving cream. You can always make more if needed.
Snow Clay Recipe
Most kids like playing with clay or play-doh, why not make some snow clay. This is a great recipe and will keep the kids busy for a while.
2 cups of baking soda
1 cup of corn starch
1 and 1/2 cups of water
optional sliver or white glitter
Mix all the ingredients together to make clay.
Paint for Outside Snow Recipe
I wish I knew about this when I was little. I would have had a ball painting the snow outside. It’s easy to make and the kids will have a great time painting the snow.
Put water in a spray bottle or plastic cups. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to each container of water. Mix Well. If using spray bottles simply spray them onto the snow. If you are using plastic cups, use the snow as a cup holder and place each cup in the snow. Then use a paint brush to paint the snow.
You can also use water-color paint to paint onto the snow.