How to Make Fake Snow
We’ve been making fake snow, which is equally fun for kids like mine who celebrate winter under a sea of palm trees or those who are house-bound by piles of real winter snow.
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- Instant Snow (sodium polyacrylate)
- Liquid Watercolors
- Low-walled clear storage box
- Spoons and bowls for scooping and filling
How we did it
We started by pouring a small amount of Instant Snow into a large tub. The material used to make fake snow 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 almost always fall into the camp of “you can always add more,” so we started with just a little bit. I heard about a prank where someone poured the powder all over their parent’s 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.
Mix colors into your fake snow
When playing with white snow seemed to run its course, I introduced Liquid Watercolors and a plastic pipette. I limited N to two colors (mostly to keep the crazy factor down) and she requested blue and magenta.
This turned into a cool color mixing experiment. It was fascinating to see how many of the “snow” pellets absorbed one color or the other, and cast an illusion of purple when viewed at once.
Make Fake Snow with a Friend
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, mixed and poured until they had to be pulled away for dinner!
What do you think? Will you try to make fake snow?
Learn more about how disposable baby diapers work from Imagination Station
Watch Steve Spangler demonstrate Instant 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.