Learn how to make fake snow in just a few minutes using 2 simple ingredients! This fake snow recipe is really easy to make, and it’s soooo much fun to play with!
Dig your fingers in and have a blast building a snowman, rolling out snowballs, and simply enjoying the powdery soft texture of this DIY fake snow. This sensory activity is easy enough for kids to mix together themselves, and it’ll create hours of exciting pretend play!
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How to Make Fake Snow
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your supplies and materials. All you'll need is baking soda, conditioner, and something to mix them in!
Step 2: Add the ingredients to a bowl
- Pour the baking soda into a bowl.
- Add the conditioner on top of the baking soda.You can start with 5 Tablespoons of conditioner if you'd like a snow that's a bit more dry and powdery.
Step 3: Mix well and enjoy!
- Stir together the ingredients with a fork. This makes it easy to really "mash" the snow mixture together.
- Once you've combined the snow as well as you can in the bowl, pour the mixture onto a baking tray or dish.
- Squish the fake snow together with your hands. You should be able to form snowballs with the snow, but it shouldn't be too wet.If the mixture is so dry that the snow doesn't stick together, add a bit more conditioner. If it's too wet and sticks to your fingers too much, add more baking soda.
- Your fake snow is complete! Enjoy playing with this snow as a sensory experience.
- You can also build a snowman and snowballs with the fake snow. Create your own winter scene!
- We recommend playing with the fake snow on a cookie sheet, in a baking dish or in a plastic tub to contain any mess.
- Place the conditioner in the fridge for a bit before making the snow for a fun fake snow recipe that’s actually cool to the touch!
- Adjust the ratio of the ingredients for a more powdery snow (add more baking soda) or a squishy packing snow that’s perfect to build with (more conditioner).
How long does fake snow last?
We made fake snow 2 weeks ago that still feels the same as the day it was made! So if you store the fake snow in an airtight container or Ziploc bag at room temperature, it should last for at least a few weeks.
Of course, it all depends on how clean the hands are before playing with it, so keep an eye on your fake snow and use your best judgment. It’s easy to make a new batch, so it doesn’t hurt to throw it out after a few days if it smells or feels off.
How to play with this fake snow?
This fake snow is perfect for sensory play and squishing through your fingers. You can use beach toys, plastic spoons, and shovels to move the snow around.
Our fake snow recipe also makes a great vehicle for pretend play. You can add little plastic toys and figures into the snow.
We actually created a whole winter village scene and made our toys have a “snowball fight”, which you can see in the picture above. It’s so easy to get creative and build a whole world of make believe play!
Can you put fake snow outside?
No, this fake snow cannot be put outside, because the ingredients aren’t good for wildlife. If you’d like to make a fake snow that can go outside, you can buy the instant snow that we used in our cloud slime. This fake snow is biodegradable and safe to place outdoors!
How to make fake snow without conditioner?
We experimented with a few different recipes for fake snow and we definitely found that conditioner and baking soda make the BEST fake snow. But if you don’t have conditioner, or don’t want to use it for sensory play, there are a couple other recipes that work.
Start with the amount of baking soda you’d like and then add the wet/liquid ingredient until you’re happy with the mixture.
- Baking soda and baby oil: This snow is similar to the baking soda and conditioner recipe, with a really nice texture. But it was harder to make snowballs and build things with this mixture, so it wasn’t our favourite.
- Baking soda and shaving cream: This mixture is similar to the baby oil mixture, but a bit fluffier and less wet feeling. Shaving cream often has an overpowering smell that some people don’t like. Also, the fluffiness from the shaving foam disappears within a few hours.
We don’t recommend using cornstarch and shaving cream. It made a really powdery mixture, but it didn’t stick together or feel like snow at all.
Whether it’s too cold outside to play, or you live in a place that doesn’t get snow, this sensory craft is the perfect way to enjoy “snow” inside this year!
You can use pantry ingredients you probably already have to make this easy fake snow recipe. It’s such a fun winter activity, perfect for at home play or a weather unit in school.
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