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12th Dec 2023

Sensory Play: A safe way to make fake snow with just two household ingredients

Jody Coffey

Sensory Play

This is a great way to have some Christmas-themed sensory play!

Sensory play has been proven to help kids understand their actions, support brain development, and enhance memory, complex tasks and problem-solving.

It is also a very cost-effective way to bring fun into your child’s day, as well as being a powerful bonding activity for you both.

One mum has shared a brilliant recipe to keep your children entertained in a very beneficial way, and it won’t cost you a thing.

This activity is a brilliant one to whip out, especially at this time of year when the kids are off school and all of the focus is on Christmas.

Beth Anne Tiche (@lowliftfun), an elementary principal who is now a stay-at-home mum of twins, shared what is needed to create the fake snow.

All it requires is a mixing bowl, two 1/2 cups of baking soda, and a 1/2 cup of lotion.

Stirring up the ingredients well will result in a mixture that resembles and breaks apart just like snow – minus the freezing fingers!

The mum ensures that this is a great way ‘to reset and regroup on a hard day’, ‘get through a tricky time of day’ – for example, just before dinner – and ‘add fun to the day and connect with your kiddo!’

Many other parents, having made the fun and festive concoction, took to the comments to praise Beth’s hack and even offered up some extra tips to enhance the experience.

“I made this with conditioner you should put it in a ziplock then in the fridge for a couple hours so it gets cold and adds to the snow feel,” one wrote.

“Love this! When they get bored, take out the trucks and add rolling pins and cookie cutters. Now it’s dramatic play!” another added.

“Made this after you posted last year and the kids loved it!” a third shared.

“well.. i’m 16 and i’m gonna go do it,” one teen wrote.

Other users added that household items such as shaving cream and conditioner work just as well in place of lotion.