We’ve been making fake snow…
We started by pouring a small amount of sodium polyacrylate (or fake snow) into a large tub. This material is non-toxic (although you wouldn’t want to eat it), and you’ll recognize it as the same stuff used to absorb liquid in disposable diapers. I picked up a small bag of “snow” at RAFT, but I’m curious about pulling apart a diaper to mine this fun-to-play-with polymer. If you try this, let me know!
I almost always fall into the camp of “you can always add more,” so we started with just a little bit. When I bought the fake snow, the woman working there joked about a desire to fool her parents by pouring the powder all over their lawn in the middle summer, only to be greeted by a sea of snow once their sprinklers went off. This vision sat firmly in my mind, so I poured gingerly, not knowing just how much the powder would expand. Notice the curious one-year old, squawking on the sidelines.
When playing with white snow seemed to run its course, I introduced Liquid Watercolors. I limited N to two colors (mostly to keep the crazy factor down) and she requested blue and magenta.
The next day our neighbor, J, came over for another snow-making session. J likes a good experiment as much as my daughter does, and the two of them scooped, squeezed, stirred, mixxed and poured until they had to be pulled away for dinner!
Learn more about how disposable baby diapers work from Imagination Station
Buy Instant Snow Powder from Steve Spangler Science
Watch Steve Spangler demonstrate Intant Snow on the Ellen Show. I can’t help but smile at Ellen’s reaction to Steve. She’s hilarious.
Note: Use your best judgement and due diligence when using these materials with young children.
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