Snow indoors? With The Winkle, it’s possible. I’ll share with you my recipe for snow that doesn’t melt, isn’t freezing, and provides hours of fun!
But before we talk about how to make snow, let’s talk about the science of this fun chemistry project for kids. There are only two ingredients needed to make snow: baking soda and conditioner. It’s actually very simple chemistry. Baking soda easily dissolves in water, but conditioner doesn’t have quite enough water in it for the baking soda to dissolve. There’s enough water in conditioner to moisten the baking soda, however, so the baking soda becomes pliable, but stays somewhat solid. Perfect for making snow!
Here’s how to make the snow (video instructions are available here):
- Pour baking soda into a bag.
- Add small amounts of conditioner to the bag.
- Zip the bag shut (it’s ok if there’s some air) and gently knead the baking soda and conditioner together until it’s mostly mixed.
- Dump the mixture into a bowl or plate.
- Squish the snow in your hands, making sure it is mixed well throughout. Once each handful feels the same, your snow is ready!
Your homemade snow is a bit fragile. It doesn’t pack together like real snow, but it does stick together enough to build. Be careful when you’re building, as it can crumble fairly easily. If you are gentle and patient, you can make a snowman!
How should you store the homemade snow? If you put it all back in the ziploc bag and close it tight, it should last for a while. The snow will dry out if it’s left out too long after you’re done playing with it.
For more winter STEM activities, check out my Crystal Snowflake tutorial and Paper Snowflake tutorial. There are plenty of other fun science, technology, engineering, art, and math projects on The Winkle YouTube channel, and I’m always putting new ideas on Pinterest, too.
The Winkle is all about project based learning. I create four STEM projects for kids every month, with video instructions for each project. If you’d like all the supplies sent straight to your door, subscribe to The Winkle Crate.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!