How to make fake snow

This quick, cheap and easy craft is a fun sensory activity for younger children – use it to make your own miniature snowy landscape for hours of fun.

Hands holding fake snow at a table

Let it snow with this simple Christmas activity that younger children especially will love! With just two storecupboard ingredients and a splash of water, you can create a tactile landscape of fake snow – ready to be moulded into miniature snowmen, decorated with pine cones from a winter walk, or perhaps sprinkled over a nativity scene.

This recipe is safe and easy enough for children to weigh and make themselves – you might just need a steady hand to help them add the water, as you don't need much!

Prep 5 minutes

You will need
Tray or bowl
Cornflour
Bicarbonate of soda
Water

Method

1. In a bowl, mix together equal quantities of cornflour and bicarbonate of soda. With this simple 1:1 ratio, you’ll be able to make as much or as little fake snow as you like. We started with 250g cornflour and 250g bicarbonate of soda.

2. Once combined, gradually introduce a very small amount of water into the bowl and mix together with your hands. Add a little more water – just a few drops at a time – until you reach a good consistency.

3. Stop adding water when the mixture starts to hold its own shape, but crumbles when pressed (like snow). We used just 1½ tbsp water in total for the amounts above.

4. Now you’re ready to play! Try squidging together the snow to make a snowman, use biscuit cutters to push the snow into shapes and use the snow to create a wintery landscape.


What should I do if the snow is too dry or runny?

This is a very forgiving recipe, so if your snow is too dry, simply add a few more drops of water.

If it’s too runny, you can add in more cornflour and bicarbonate of soda (in equal quantities) to balance out the mixture.

Have you tried this easy Christmas craft with your little ones? Let us know in the comments below!
 

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