Whether you have a few feet of snow in the backyard or not, kids love playing with the white fluffy stuff indoors. With Insta-Snow®, you can have a snow day any time (even in the middle of summer). This is what you’ll need: • Insta-Snow® • Water • Empty waterproof containers or cups • Scoops and spoons • Eye droppers • Spray bottle • Colorations® Liquid Watercolor™ • Paint cups (optional)
Step 1 – Explore the dry snow
Pour some snow into an empty container and give it to your child with some scoops and spoons. Feel free to set out a variety of different sized containers in front of your child. Encourage your child to pour, sift, and scoop the dry Insta-Snow®.
*Tips for parents: Turn this fun time into a secret math lesson by providing measuring cups and spoons. Have your child count how many times they can use the ¼ cup scoop to fill up the 1 cup scoop, or how many tablespoons fill up ½ cup.
Step 2 – Just add water!
When your child gets tired of scooping and pouring the dry snow, bring some new texture into the mix! Collect all of the Insta-Snow® into one container, and slowly add water. You can use a spray bottle, an eye dropper, a spoon, a scoop, or a cup. Kids can continue to mix, scoop, and pour the wet Insta-Snow®.
*Tips for parents: Talk about what happens when you add the water. Does the snow grow? What is different when you add water slowly vs. quickly? How does the wet snow feel compared to the dry snow? Encourage your child to use descriptive words, such as crunchy, gooey, slimy, etc.
Step 3 – Hide and seek Bring out small toys, such as rubber balls, erasers, or small toy cars. Bury them in the snow and have your child find them.
*Tips for parents: Make this a little more challenging by asking your child to find something of a certain color, shape, or size: “Can you find something red?” or “Can you find me something that’s smaller than the last thing you found?”
Step 4 – Color your snow Kids can add color to the snow using Colorations® Liquid Watercolor™. Provide small cups filled with Liquid Watercolor™, or dilute the paint with water and put them in paint cups with droppers.
*Tips for parents: Encourage kids to discover color mixing. Ask: “What happens when you mix yellow and red?” Then have your child mix the colors in the snow to find the answer.
Step 5 – Clean-up Clean-up can be tricky with Insta-Snow®. Washing it down the drain might clog the pipes. When we do messy sensory play with rice, beans, pasta, or another natural material, I tape a vinyl tablecloth on top of the table so I can take it outside and shake it out after we’re done. Even though Insta-Snow® is non-toxic, I didn’t feel comfortable shaking it outside. The best option is to cover the working surface with thick kraft paper. When the play is done, you can ball up the paper and throw it out. Any rogue Insta-Snow® on the floor can be swept up.
Product Recommendations from Discount School Supply®: Insta-Snow® (SNO) Eye Droppers - set of 12 (AP7209J) E-Z Pull Extra Large Clear Trigger Sprayers - set of 6 (TSBOT) Colorations® Liquid Watercolor™ - set of 18 (LW18) No-Spill White Lid Paint Cups - set of 10 (10WPC)