Snow Much Fun
by Leslie Burby
This time of year everyone seems to be talking about snow -either the presence of it or the lack thereof. So we decided to make our own snow. I read many blog posts and Pinterest boards to see a variety of manmade snow recipes and tried the best two.
On one blog a mom wrote about how she used cornstarch and shaving cream and had a great time. On another blog a mom claimed to have great success with baking soda and shaving cream. So I tried both and the baking soda wins.
Cornstarch vs Baking Soda
Cornstarch mixture was too crumbly to mold into balls.
Baking Soda mixture was damper so you could pat it down flat or form into snowballs.
It was easier to clean off the hands, easier to mold into snow balls, and even had a cool feeling. The cornstarch was neat but had a more powdery feel to it, which made it difficult to form balls. So if you want a fun experience you can use cornstarch and shaving cream but you won’t be able to shape snowballs.
You can use two 16 oz boxes of baking soda and one can of Barbasol shaving cream.
We created a bulk batch with six 16oz boxes of baking soda and 3 cans of Barbasol shaving cream.
You can put it in a plastic container and use a lid to reuse it for about thirty days. I recommend using a container with a high side. If you don’t have a container with a lid you can leave it and when it dries out just add a little bit of water and massage through the hardened snow. We left ours in the water table for a week and then added a half cup of water and mixed and kneaded the snow to add moisture to it.
As you can see in the pictures we started by using cardboard gift boxes and the mixture went over the sides of the box, which created quite a mess.
So when we made a big batch we used a container with tall sides and then I poured the mixture into the water table. My kids played with it all day on our front porch. They made mini snowmen, made a pretend snowy hill for their dolls to go sledding and buried items and went digging for them.
To decorate their snowmen, I gave the children pipe cleaners and yarn to make scarves. They used buttons for pretend coal. Toothpicks were broken and colored orange with a Sharpie marker to be used for carrot noses and serious smiles. The hats were the caps from the shaving cream cans. Q-tips and tooth picks were used for snowmen arms. A red paper clip was cut into three for smiles using wire cutters. For eyes we used small beads from a beading kit or popcorn seeds. Please feel free to share your snowman creations with us on Facebook. https://