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Homemade Cold Snow Sensory Play

We were lucky enough to have a snow day this week, for the first time in 2 years! :) 

 It was like the garden had turned into an enormous sensory tray! Wow, we were both so excited!
 Jake had so much fun, and his Daddy managed to take a half day so he could come back from work early and play all afternoon, followed by some yummy warm hot chocolate. 

But, alas... the next day the snow was gone. So, I decided to create some, why not? And I thought what makes snow so different to all the other sensory materials we find and use? Its sooo cold. So I went about figuring out how to make a very cold, wet, white, powdery like material. I started with cornflour, as most amazing homemade sensory materials seem to start with cornflour [corn starch]. Then I added shaving foam and whisked it up. 

It was still quite shaving foam like, but stiffer - a bit like when you whisk egg whites for a long time. 

Then I put the bowl into the freezer for about 18 hours.... I had no idea what it would do or turn into (I'm no scientist!)... so I was excited to see what it would be like when we got it out... 

Well it turned out like this!! Very cold, wet, white, powdery amazing-ness!

It really was super cold, and not all that dissimilar to snow. It didn't quite have the crunch that snow has, but was still totally wonderful to play with. I didn't get a good picture, but it was quite mouldable, for snow balls and snow men too. 

We added some wintery/arctic animals and trees for a mis matched arctic/wintery forest scene. Jake also wanted to put the Killer Whale in some icy water (which was actually quite warm so our hands didn't get too cold). 

 As Jake played with the water, the snow mixture began to melt a little and started to turn a bit sludgy and pasty - a bit like real snow does as it warms up. This definitely called for some glitter to be added!

As it melted more, it turned into this liquidy goopy stuff, which was quite similar in texture to cake icing [frosting]. Which I think Im going to have to make again for some pretend play cake baking! 

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  1. I love it! We don't get snow often so we never have a chan to pley in it!

  2. Awesome! We will have to try this as arkansas doesnt see much snow in the winter.

  3. Looks like fun!! I love how the sensory material evolved!

  4. Wow! So many great things here! Love all the exploration and realization! Thanks for being a part of the Winter Wonderland Blog Hop!

  5. This is really neat! I agree, most amazing sensory concoctions begin with cornstarch! I think I'll have to give this a go with my girls since we have both the ingredients on hand! :)

  6. I'd never have thought to put it on the freezer! Off to pin!

  7. this is near impossible to read with the busy heart/start/rainbow/etc background :(

  8. Nice! I love the changing textures and all the new applications it could have for learning!

  9. I have done shaving cream & corn starch before but never thought to freeze it - fabulous! Must try it out with my preschool class!

  10. I'm totally bringing this stuff in a cooler to our speaking tour- It's seriously over 100 half the year here- This is great!


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