Easy Peasy Fake Snow
Back in December we were treated to real snow. The boys were delighted! It sparked a desire to play with more snow and rather than taking them to a ski slope or buying cans of fake snow we decided to make ‘snow’ in our kitchen. Now, we cheated to begin with by using a kit.
You can also use our back up option though which worked very well!
What you will need:
A (clean!) nappy
Carefully cut the nappy open and feel the cotton wool type material inside.
Pour water onto it, a little at a time, until the water is fully absorbed.
Break it apart, mould it, consider the difference the water has made to how it feels.
The middle of the nappy is made up of a superabsorbent polymer called sodium polyacrylate. The idea, of course, is that it will keep baby dry for both comfort and for the prevention of nappy rash. Used to create ‘snow’ the water is absorbed and converts into a fluffy, cool substance that can be moulded with too. It also expands slightly, meaning that the inside of one nappy could provide fun for all our three boys. One each would have given them enough to create a small snow scene!
If you let it dry out, you can reuse it too! Or, pop it in your refrigerator to make it feel even colder.
This is an excellent sensory play activity for small hands, but to keep things calm(er) for you I would suggest using a baking tray to contain the snow. It makes it much easier to clean and tidy up when the play time has ended.
If you enjoyed this, why not try out our indoor ‘fireworks‘!
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