Monday, January 11, 2016

We Made Snow! A Simple Recipe!

Last week, I shared a little about the snow mini-unit that I put together for my third grader.  You can read that post here.  One of the highlights of our week was making snow.  Yes, we made snow in our kitchen! I searched around and found that there are several "recipes" for making snow. The boys and I experimented with this concoction and had a blast (especially since this may be the only snow they get to play with this winter!)

We used just four ingredients:
-(1) lb. box of baking soda
-a few big squirts of shaving cream
-peppermint oil

Dump the box of baking soda into a large bowl.  Add about a cup of shaving cream. We didn't measure; we just estimated! The boys kept adding shaving cream and mixing until a snow-like consistency was made.

Mix together with your hands. This is the fun, sensory part! Immediately, you will notice the snow-like substance that is formed. We were all amazed and there were smiles all around!

My youngest son did not like the smell of the shaving cream, so I added in a few drops of peppermint oil.  This made a festive and pleasant smell to our snow!

I asked the boys what they wanted to make with their snow...
An indoor snowball fight almost ensued! 

The boys worked together to make this small-scale snowman! They used mini chocolate chips for the eyes  They shaved a tiny piece of carrot for the nose, and later used toothpicks for the arms.  It was interesting to hear them brainstorm ideas for creating the snowman!

This was such an easy and fun activity that you can do at home or in the classroom!  For the younger students, it makes a great sensory activity with the cool, creamy feel of the shaving cream, the snow-like mixture, and the peppermint smell.  Just add some small scoops for playing!

We're still anxiously awaiting our first snowfall here in PA, but we're on week two of our snow unit and loving it!  I'll be back later this week to share our snowy adventures!


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