I love snowy days. Really, I do. But I don’t necessarily love standing out in the cold freezing my butt off and helping my child put his glove back on for the millionth time. So, I’ve become quite the connoisseur of indoor snow recipes. Why? It’s great sensory play, it doesn’t involve screens, AND we can play with it while sitting inside by the fire. So, let your snow boots stay in the closet and try your hand at making these easy indoor snow recipes:
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My favorite thing about these indoor snow recipes is that you most likely have ALL THE INGREDIENTS at home already. Yes, that’s right, YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO THE STORE. Or you can order online at Target and use their Shipt delivery service to have it delivered to you. Easy Peasy!
My Favorite Easy Indoor Snow Recipes
Baking Soda & Shaving Cream
This indoor snow recipe is most popular on blogs and in homes. Start with two cups of baking soda in a large pan with tall sides (a disposable aluminum roasting dish works great). Add globs of shaving cream (the white kind, NOT the gel version) into the baking soda until you get the snow consistency that you prefer.
Baking Soda & Conditioner
No shaving cream at home? No problem! Simply swap out the shaving cream in the first recipe and substitute white hair conditioner. Mix together two cups of baking soda and ¾ cup of hair conditioner, again using a large pan with tall sides to minimize mess. This recipe is a bit more wet than the Baking Soda and Shaving Cream recipe, but is still cold to the touch and smells great depending on the hair conditioner that you use.
Corn Starch & Shaving Cream
For a powderier texture, slowly add clumps of white shaving cream (again, NOT the gel version) to two cups of corn starch. Add the shaving cream based on your preference, knowing that you will end up adding about ½ cup of shaving cream to the snow mixture.
Corn Starch & Lotion
Kids want to mold and build with their indoor snow? Then THIS is the recipe you want to use—just be sure to use unscented lotion if you or your kids are sensitive to smells. Start by mixing two cups of corn starch and white lotion, about 2 tablespoons at a time. Keep adding until you get the texture that you prefer.
My Favorite Indoor Snow Recipe Accessories
So, you made some indoor snow—now what?!?! My years as a teacher have taught me that to truly engross kids in creative, unplanned play it is best to set up stations for them to explore. After we make the snow recipe together, I pull out a box of accessories that are fun for molding, creating, demolishing, painting…the sky is the limit! You can even treat it like a snow bin, setting up themed accessories such as a “winter bin” or “painting bin.”
Suggested Indoor Snow Recipe Accessories:
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