Saturday, January 9, 2010

Making Snow !!!

Here is a fun way and easy way to make snow that does not melt. Really !!! When it comes out of the freezer it really feels like snow, when it is not cold it feels like jelly . My kids love it. I am going to add it to my preschool class' sensory table.

There are a couple of ways to get the ingredient necessary to make fake polymer snow. You can purchase the fake snow or you can harvest sodium polyacrylate from common household sources. It is non-toxic but do not let the kids purposely eat it.

You can find sodium polyacrylate inside disposable diapers or as crystals in a garden center, used to help keep soil moist.

All you need to do to make this type of fake snow is add water to the sodium polyacrylate. Add some water, mix the gel. Add more water until you have the desired amount of wetness. The gel will not dissolve. It's just a matter of how 'slushy' you want your snow.

You can put it in the refrigerator or freezer to make it more like snow.

If you want to change it's color just add food coloring.

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Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

Wow - I have never heard of this idea before. I think it would make a eat sensory activity!

Shelley said...

That must be the stuff my SIL used for her Christmas centerpiece. She put it in a bowl and arranged Christmas ornaments in it. Hers was a little starkly though. She said she found it at the craft store. It was a really pretty centerpiece!

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Ticia said...

We did this a few weeks ago, and it was super fun. The only downside is the clean up. That was not fun.

Donette said...

We dont get snow and since I have a 6m old too I am going to do this next week...Thanks for a great idea!