I’ve been promising my preschoolers some pretend snow for a couple of weeks now. With all of our arctic animal play and learning, getting some “snow” in the classroom just made sense! Here’s the fake snow recipe the kiddos and I put together, as we haven’t had any real snow to get into. We decided to make it “super sparkly” just because we could!
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sparkly fake snow recipe to make with the kids
This recipe is a wintery version of our fun toddler-safe play sand. The fake snow recipe below is NOT taste-safe though, as it contains baby oil. Simply use vegetable oil in place of the baby oil if you’d rather it be a taste-safe version.
I chose to use both flour and cornstarch to give it a finer texture. I haven’t made a version with all cornstarch yet, but I bet that feels beautiful, too.
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What we did
The preschool kiddos helped me make up this giant batch of fake snow! Yes, this made the process a bit messier, but the children loved being involved in the creation of their sensory bin. We were able to talk about counting, measuring, textures, and a variety of other concepts as we worked together.
The children helped me count out and dump the flour and cornstarch into our large sensory table. They really got into feeling the flour and the cornstarch! Then we measured and added the baby oil. Most of the kids liked the smell, but one of our friends didn’t care for it too much – “That is just terrible smelling!” It didn’t dissuade him from helping though!
Next we used slotted spoons to mix the oil and the dry mixture. I showed the students how to press the spoon down and wiggle it around to help the oil combine with the flour/cornstarch. After some elbow grease, they were ready to add in the sparkles! I tried to give everyone a turn to place sequins and glitter into the mixture. It did, indeed, end up super sparkly. The cornstarch dulled the sparkle a little bit, but the kids still loved it!
How we played
We’ve kept it pretty simple this week. The kids used measuring cups and spoons for a while. After that, it was mostly played with using their hands. We added our arctic animals, as well! The fake snow really showcased how some arctic animals blend in with the snow.
Many children enjoyed just running their hands in the “snow”, as if it was a really calming activity. Others loved grabbing handfuls and squeezing it together, then crumbling it up to make it snow. Most of the kiddos loved gathering it all up into one spot to create a snow castle/cave/polar bear den/etc.
We’re going to add different tools to our pretend snow next week. In addition to the full-on sensory aspect of it, I can see it as the basis for winter small worlds, pretend play, math, and so much more!
What about you? Do you have a favorite fake snow recipe you’d like to share? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Preschool Snow Lesson Plans
If you’re looking for more snow-themed lesson plan ideas, be sure to check out our plans for the preschool classroom and homeschooling preschool. They’re chock full of a week’s worth of hands-on learning activities (and bonus printables).