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Make your own DIY play snow

Do you want to build a snowman? No? (Sorry, is that stuck in your head now?) What if we told you you could let your little ones build one without leaving the warmth and comfort of your own home? With just a few steps and some ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard, you can make your own play snow that will provide hours of fun and giggles for all involved… no wet, soggy mittens necessary!

This super easy play snow is a great indoor activity for those blustery winter days when it is just too cold to play outside, but your children have begun to get a lot little stir crazy, which simultaneously tends to make mommy a lot little crazy. It is so much fun, and is a great activity to provide much needed sensory play for active little hands and minds.

Easy to Make DIY Play Snow

Easy DIY Play Snow


What you need

  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner, preferably white so that it looks like real snow
  • Plastic container or large pan to use for play area
  • Fun tools for creative play: beads, toothpicks, ribbon and craft eyes to make a snowman and Playdoh tools work great, too.

How to Make Play Snow for Kids


1. Mix baking soda and conditioner together in a large bowl.
2. Stir together with spoon until somewhat crumbly in texture. Snow should be moldable, like sand.
3. Place snow in container and let play begin!

DIY Play Snow for Kids

The snow is cool to the touch, so it feels similar to real snow. It molds easily, smells fabulous, and, surprisingly, provides very little clean up. With just a quick post-play wipe down, and quick once over with the vacuum, all remnants of your snow play will be gone.

How to Make an Inside Snowman

As an added bonus, the snow can be stored for future use. If it becomes dry, just add a little extra conditioner to the mixture, and voila — you are set to go for hours of more snow fun!

Make your own snow


So now, do you want to build a snow man?

Meet the Author | Carrie Beth & Jen

Carrie Beth and Jen are both 30-something mothers and wives, who happen to be best friends. They both love all things preppy, southern, and just plain pretty. Between the two of them, they have 5 precious little ones and constantly have a text conversation going on about the day-to-day of their lives and the crazy adventure that is motherhood. Whether it's trying to keep up with current fashion trends, finally getting around to that DIY project, or just dealing with everyday life with kids, it always keeps them laughing and it's always real life. They share their ideas and stories on their blog, The Magnolia Mamas.

  • Perine Lowe
    June 13, 2016

    Thanks to those who have done this wonderful project. Really innovative ideas. Child to Cherish has a variety of fun activities for kids. Engage the young ones with these activities and make learning fun! Your kids will definitely like it.

  • Alissa
    November 30, 2016

    I love this idea for a class party. I’m wondering how much snow do you get outnof one batch?

  • Leah
    December 8, 2016

    Does this irritate sensitive skin?

  • February 26, 2017

    Hi Leah, Thank you so much for reading! To answer your question – not at all. My daughter has pretty sensitive skin and this doesn’t irritate her at all. If your child has overly sensitive skin maybe use a conditioner that is specifically for sensitive skins or for babies. As long as it’s the consistency of regular conditioner it should work perfectly. Good luck and have so much fun playing!

  • February 26, 2017

    Hi Alissa, thank you so much for reading! This would be perfect for a class activity. It’s perfect for working sensory and motor skills. One batch should be enough for 2-3 small children to play with.

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