Day 20 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge takes us to exploring snow. Unfortunately we haven’t had any real snow yet so we have had to make do with artificial snow. I planned on using our Snow Powder which we bought before Christmas. However, we were disappointed with the result. The container didn’t create as much ‘snow’ as I had expected and it made clumps of snow rather than fine snow that we had thought would happen. Adam enjoyed playing with it for a while but I wanted more from our snow sensory play.
I have heard lots mentioned about making artificial snow using two methods. Either a combination of bicarbonate of soda with baby oil or corn flour with shaving foam. I wanted to put them to the test to discover which would make the best artificial snow (according to Adam).
First we put bicarbonate of soda mixed with baby oil to the test.
A container of 200g bicarbonate of soda didn’t go very far. It didn’t even cover the base of the sensory bin. It had a great consistency when mixed with the baby oil and it felt cold to the touch. It was easy to form snow balls but the powder managed to get everywhere.
Next Adam tested corn flour and shaving foam.
A 500g box of corn flour went a long way. Mixing the shaving foam in was great fun and the end product was super soft snow. Neither Adam or I could stop touching it. It didn’t feel as cold but was easier to crumble.
Adam played in the artificial snow for 25 minutes. We did attempt to push googly eyes into the snow to create a snowman but it broke up straight away. He discovered that if he flattened the snow he could make hand prints. Adam was certainly in his element!
Our conclusion: snow is best when there is lots of it. 200g bicarbonate of soda costs approximately the same as 500g of corn flour. Therefore corn flour and shaving foam won hands down for Adam. I feel artificial snow will be making an appearance throughout the year now!
* Bicarbonate of soda and baby oil
* Corn flour and shaving foam
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