You don't need cold weather to have snow; in fact, you can make homemade snow any time in a variety of ways with easily accessible household items. From the polymers inside disposable diapers to baking soda and flour, your kids -- or you -- no longer have to wait for winter to play with snow.
- 8 cups flour
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- Large bowl
- Silver glitter (optional)
Baking Soda Snow
- 2 to 3 cups baking soda
- 2 to 4 tablespoons water
- Glitter (optional)
- Large bowl
- Disposable diaper, size 16 pounds and up
- 3 to 4 cups water
- Large bowl or container
Mix together the flour and oil in a large container such as a bowl or bucket. Add glitter to make snow that shimmers in the sun.
Place your bowl of snow in the freezer for a few hours until chilled to resemble real snow. Then, play with it! If you want to keep your snow cold, chill the play area with ice cubes underneath.
This snow works like wet sand, and you can put it into containers to form a variety of shapes. Press the snow inside cups and bowls and turn them over onto a flat surface to form little houses, or free-form the snow into your own handmade structures.
Baking Soda Snow
Pour 2 cups of baking soda into a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the baking soda sticks together in snow-like clumps. If you accidentally add too much water, add more baking soda. For more snow, simply add more baking soda and water. Because the snow is made from nonperishable items, it can last as long as you want.
Mix in some glitter if you want your snow to shine, and then decorate or play with it. You can lay it under miniature villages or pile it around gingerbread houses to add a winter-y feel. Make a Christmas tree look as if it's been out in the snow by gently sprinkling it with a homemade alternative that won't melt.
Cut open the disposable diaper to find an absorbent pad inside; take it out and place it in a container or large bowl. Be gentle while cutting and transporting the pad, however, because you want to keep as much of the polymer inside as possible.
Pour water onto the pad. Poke the pad to mix the water with the polymer inside and break up the outer layer of the pad. Keep pouring water until the desired consistency is reached. If too much water is added, throw in some salt to absorb the water.
Stir the mixture with your hands to completely break up the outer layer of the pad, and then play with your homemade snow.
Tips for Snow
All of these snows are non-toxic, but you should not ingest them.
The polymer snow will be as cold as the water poured into it, so, for colder snow, add colder water.
- Keep these snows in containers to prevent slipping but which still allow playing.
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