Looking for your next best winter DIY? This DIY Fake Snow for Sensory Bins is the perfect cold-day activity. Encourage your kiddos to use their imaginations and get messy (but the fun kind of messy!).
Welcome back, crafty mamas! My name is Lisa Favre, the founder of the food and party blog, Sugar Agenda, where we believe that every day is worth celebrating!
When I was younger, I always loved playing in the snow. However, living in Montreal, Canada, winter days got INCREDIBLY cold, so playing outdoors wasn’t always realistic. Now that I’m a mom, I am so happy to have come up with a fun alternative: DIY Fake Snow for Sensory Bins.
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Making fake snow isn’t hard at all. All it takes is a few household kitchen items and a few minutes!
How To Make DIY Fake Snow for Sensory Bins
This DIY Fake Snow is perfect for sensory activities and is incredibly easy to make. All it takes is 3 ingredients that you most likely have at home!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post.
DIY Fake Snow Tips
Equal Parts Ratio
It’s easy to make your very own DIY fake snow! Just keep in mind that the cornstarch and baking soda should always be a 1:1 ratio. For the water, you will want to add enough so that it gives it a “wet sand” texture, so that when you squeeze it, it will hold its shape.
Can I Substitute Any Ingredients?
When making your sensory bin snow, we recommend sticking with the ingredients as listed in the recipe card. This will ensure you get the best textured “fake snow” for sensory play!
Do I Have to Use a Bin?
What Can I Put in my Snow Sensory Bin?
The sky’s the limit as to what you can put in your DIY snow sensory bin. Here are a few ideas:
- Miniature toy cars
- Miniature plastic Christmas tree ornaments
- Action figures and dolls
- Small toy/plastic shovels
…and so much more!
It’s a Little Bit Messy
…but that’s the fun part about this sensory bin! From making the DIY fake snow to actually playing with it, don’t expect this activity to be neat and tidy. Don’t worry: this activity will keep your kiddos occupied for hours and totally worth the (fun kind of) mess!
DIY Fake Snow for Sensory Bins
- 1 1/2 cups baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
- 3/4 cup water
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Mix until you reach the consistency of fake snow / wet sand so that when you squeeze it, it keeps its shape.
- Pour into your play bin and add toys.
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