If you are looking for an easy sensory activity, try making fake snow with the kids in your life and see how much fun you can have! This DIY fake snow is made from only two ingredients and is safe for most ages.
You can get kids involved by letting them help you make the fake snow, as it’s mostly a mixing project. And then playtime can begin!
Why Make Fake Snow?
- Sensory activities stimulate children’s senses which supports their brain development, gross motor skills and problem-solving skills.
- Celebrate or learn about the seasons even if you can’t leave home or don’t get snow in the area you live in.
- Encourage curiosity through creating (this DIY) and using the fake snow to make shapes or imaginative play.
- Spend quality time with the little ones in your life with an easy and affordable activity.
We know it takes a lot of work to make childhood magic happen for the kids in your life. If you are the one researching activities, gathering supplies, helping them to have success with the project and (likely) cleaning up, know this—we are cheering you on! It’s a lot of thankless work sometimes but we see you and think you’re awesome!
- Baking soda
- Shaving cream
You will also need a large bowl or container and spoon to mix with. You may also want a large Tupperware or gallon-size ziplock bags to store fake snow in if you want to use for multiple days.
Add the baking soda to a large bowl. Add shaving cream and mix with a spoon, but you will likely also want to use your hands to mix. You will know you’ve added enough shaving cream when you can easily press a snowball from the mixture and it will leave very little residue on your hands.
In the DIY card below, I have added approximate measurements for the baking soda and shaving cream, but you really don’t have to measure. This DIY does not need to be exact like some projects do.
Tips & More Information
- Storage – Store in an airtight container like a Tupperware or large ziplock bag. As long as your fake snow doesn’t dry out, you will be able to use it for weeks and weeks.
- Clean up – It’s best to play on nonporous surfaces like countertops, floors (not carpeted) or bathtubs. Avoid rugs, carpet, or fabric covered furniture. BUT if you do get fake snow on something, you can vacuum it up and baking soda is often used as a cleaning product, so it may actually be good for the carpet. 🙂
- Ways to play – Use toy cars or trucks to drive through the snow and make tracks or haul snowballs in. Use small action figures or plastic dolls (like Barbie) to play snow day with. You can also make snow butterflies (like snow angels) with your hands or feet. Practice packing firm snowballs in leftover Easter eggs.
I personally love the smell of shaving cream as it always reminds me of my grandfather. But if you don’t, you can often find it in different scents or you can add a scent to your fake snow by adding a couple drops of essential oil. Enjoy playing with this fake snow DIY!
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- 2 pounds baking soda
- 1 cup shaving cream
- Add the baking soda to a large bowl.
- Add shaving cream and mix with a spoon, but you will likely also want to use your hands to mix.
- You will know you’ve added enough shaving cream when you can easily press a snowball from the mixture and it will leave very little residue on your hands.