Published on February 27th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
Indoor Two Ingredient Faux Snow
It’s been a brutal couple of winter weeks.
Ever since Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow (it was overcast?), we’ve had colder and colder temps.
I am sitting here while the minions sleep in because the district closed for temps that feel like -17 degrees.
I cranked the heat up a bit when I heard the extreme temps.
Parts of the Northeast have had blizzards and lots of snow, but here in Maryland, we’ve been disappointed with just dustings.
Until last week, but that snow is light and doesn’t pack for snow play.
Which means, no snowmen. So sad! We like to visit with a snowman every year to see him waving hello in the yard.
With the cold temps, it’s just too cold to let littles go out to play.
So like a good momma, I thought about making some indoor two ingredient faux snow.
It’s a little messy, but it smells wonderful. And I have an idea for when the kiddos are done playing with the snow.
The two ingredients you need are baking soda and cheap conditioner.
For about $2.50 you can make this fun dough, keep it in a plastic container and have hours of playtime!
I bought apple scented conditioner- if you want a blue tinted dough, buy a blue or white conditioner. Our dough tinted to a lovely green.
Use whatever scent you like since it will smell like the conditioner during play.
You need 3 cups of baking soda, and 2/3 cups of conditioner.
We began by mixing it up with a spoon at first,
Once it was mostly mixed in, the larger clumps weren’t mixing with the spoon, I had Annalise dig in with her hands.
When you have it all mixed, it’s time for play.
I dumped the mixture out onto a foil covered sheet pan. Plenty of space to play and keep it contained.
Time to play! I used a couple brads for eyes, some sticks from the yard for arms and a polymer clay for the nose.
The dough is squishable, moldable, and so much fun. Keep it in a sealed tote to continue play for another day.
When the kids are done playing, how about making something for mom or dad? Annalise came up with the idea of making stress balls with the dough placed into balloons.
I just happened to have some white balloons and I held the top of the balloon open while she pressed the dough into the opening, until the balloon was filled.
I tied knots in the ends and they make wonderful stress balls!
Just rinse them off afterwards and they are ready to go!