Looking for an easy snow sensory bin this Winter? Learn how to make fake snow with baking soda and conditioner, and use it for pretend play throughout the season.
There are so many options out there for fake snow for pretend play. It’s enough to make your head spin! In fact, there are even packages of fake snow you can order off of Amazon, which was news to me.
If you’re looking to go the DIY route, you’re still left with a ton of options. Cornstarch, baking soda, flour, shaving cream, the list goes on.
This was a super easy version of fake snow, and I’m sure I’ll try them all and share the results over the years. The version we tried this year was conditioner and baking soda.
While You’re Planning Your Winter Theme:
- Check out my Winter Unit here. (Use code WINTER25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!)
- Here’s a list of the best Winter books for toddlers and preschoolers
- Here’s a list of fun Winter activities for preschoolers
- Here are some creative and engaging Winter crafts for preschoolers
- Here’s a list of fun and delicious Winter snacks for kids
- Here’s a fun Hot Chocolate song for preschoolers
Homeschool Preschool Winter Crafts & Activities We’ve Done:
- Snowstorm in a Jar Science Experiment
- Snowman Playdough Tray
- Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin
- Shaving Cream Sensory Writing
- Snowman Paper Plate Wreath Craft
- Salt Crystal Snowflakes
- Cotton Ball Snowman Craft
- Torn Paper Snowflake Craft
- Thumbprint Cookies
Check out my Winter Printables for Preschoolers:
- Snowman Counting Printable
- Winter Flashcards for Preschoolers
- Gingerbread Man Lacing
- Penguin Alphabet Hat Matching Printable
- Anatomy of a Snowflake Worksheet
- Winter Pre-K Workbook
- Winter Dot Marker Pack
- Winter Coloring Book
- Printable Winter Wonderland Puppets for Preschoolers
- Winter I-Spy Busy Bag
- Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Counting Activity
- Winter Hat Craft
- Hot Cocoa Stand Dramatic Play Station
- Snowflake Nature Study
- Polar Bear Mini Unit
- Name Snowman Building Name Recognition Activity
Winter Activities and Printables for Toddlers:
- Penguin Hat Match (Color Recognition) Printable
- Fill a Snowman Activity
- Paint the Snow
- Dot Sticker Snowflake
- Winter I-Spy Worksheet
- Snowflake Painting
- Decorate the Christmas Tree Printable
- Snowflake Matching
- Cotton Ball Snow Activity Bin
Easy Snow Sensory Bin
Here’s What You’ll Need for DIY Sensory Snow:
- 3 cups baking soda
- 1/2 cup white conditioner
That’s it! Seriously.
As with most DIY sensory mediums, I did not measure. I poured some of our baking soda into the sensory bin, and squirted in a bit of cheap white conditioner and mixed until it was a nice texture.
It came out powdery, but moldable. It was perfect fake snow, and reminded me of moon sand, honestly. But hey, my son referred to it as snow, so that’s really all that matters.
We had a busy day of homeschooling, so I didn’t earn any marks for creativity with this bin. I threw in some pinecones and the polar bear figurines we used from our arctic sensory bin and polar bear study.
The end result was still quite “Winter-y” and magical to my son, so I was a happy mama.
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