Whether you live in an area where snowfall is abundant or where palm trees and balmy weather surround the holiday season, kids will enjoy this snowy treat that can be played with indoors or out.
This is what you’ll need: • 2 boxes of cornstarch • 1 can plain white shaving cream (not shave gel). The simpler, the better. • Large plastic tub • Cookie sheet or plastic tray (optional) • Small plastic bowls/containers • Spoons, scoops, and/or measuring cups • Foam sheets or scraps • Glitter • Scissors • A large towel, shower curtain, or tablecloth to lay under your space for easy cleanup.
Step 1 – Make the Snow: Dump the cornstarch into the large tub. Slowly add the shaving cream, mixing as you go. You’ll know the mixture is thoroughly combined when it is fluffy and powdery but holds a shape when squeezed. *Tips for parents: Kids might love getting their hands messy. Or they might not. Encourage kids to describe the texture (my son described it as “soft and furry”). If kids are squeamish about this step, let them do the mixing with a large wooden spoon.
Step 2 – Mold and Shape: Once the mixture is ready, let kids go to town squeezing it and shaping it into snowballs. At this stage, the mixture won’t stick to kids’ hands, so it will be inviting even to the squeamish ones. *Tips for parents: You can use this time to further talk about snow. Does this snow feel cold? Maybe not, but the snow outside does. Give kids a cookie sheet on which to make their creations. Create a snowman by laying three snowballs on the cookie sheet.
Step 3 – Scooping and Pouring: Give kids the empty bowls or containers and some extra spoons, scoops or measuring cups. Encourage kids to scoop the mixture from the big tub into the smaller containers. Give kids glitter shakers and have them add glitter to their snow mixtures. *Tips for parents: This is a good step for practicing setting guidelines: Keep the snow in the containers, don’t dump or scoop the snow onto the floor, etc. Glitter only gets sprinkled onto the snow, not onto other kids or the floor.
Step 4 – Decoration Time: Cut foam into shapes and use them to decorate the snow. Some kids like to make snow “cakes” in their containers. Others like to decorate the snowmen they created on their cookie sheets. *Tips for parents: When kids have lost interest in the snow, wash their hands and use this step to add variety to the project. Encourage kids to snip their own shapes from the foam. Let them choose colors, and let them tell you what shapes they want to add to their snowmen. Get creative; not every snowman needs a carrot nose!
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