Indoor Snow = Fun for Preschoolers!
Technically there is snow on the ground here. Very wet snow, since it also pouring down freezing cold rain at the moment. So clearly, going out to play in the snow is not going to happen today… I guess that makes it the perfect day for indoor snow!
I got my recipe here and was inspired by my son’s first grade teacher who made this with 21
six-year-olds. Let’s call her one VERY brave woman! It was super easy to make – we just mixed together 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of conditioner. Obviously we went with white conditioner since we were making snow, and I have to say it smelled quite nice!
I put out some different kinds of scoops for my niece to play with, and some plastic people and animals that would be easy to wash. I have to say I wish I had a little plastic Ana and Elsa because that would have been perfect, but she made due with Mickey and friends quite nicely.
There are lots of different ways to play with this stuff! My niece started of by walking the people and animals around and making them stand up in the snow. Then she buried them and uncovered them again.
Next I showed her how you can pack the snow into a tub and if you dump it out it will hold its shape. She made lots of “ice cream scoops” with the tablespoon! Other activities included holding up handfuls of snow and letting it fall down, squishing it through her fingers and declaring “It feels funny!”, and making a sandcastle like piles of it.
Now I know you are probably thinking, “This looks messy!” Well you would be right about that. It is messy. But it also provided a whole hour of complaining free independent play, and it was pretty easy to clean up. And did I mention that it smells good? I would definitely not want to get it out every day, but as a quiet time activity on a cold rainy winter day, I’d say it was worth the effort.