During circle time, we talked about all the clothes we need to wear to stay warm in the winter. I had a big box of winter accessories (a coat, boots, hats, gloves, mittens, and a scarf) as props. We sang this song:
Then I told the kiddos that since we didn’t have any real snow (yet!) that we would make some “Magic Snow.” They love anything called “Magic” and it has a nicer ring to it than “Insta-Snow.” You can buy Insta-Snow online but I got it at the local craft store. (It is somewhat expensive, so be sure to use one of those 40% off craft coupons.)
Three students worked together at a time to make the snow. That’s about all the shrieking and excitement we can handle at once! Each one measured a scoop of powder into the bowl, then they added 2 oz of cold water and voila! Snow!
The snow is a nontoxic polymer, similar to what is used in disposable baby diapers. It absorbs the water and fluffs up to look like real snow. It is relatively mess-free, and can be frozen and molded just like the real thing.
After school, my own older kids also wanted to make a batch (or 6). We took a quick video so you could see how cool it is when it forms.
The little jar of powder makes over 2 gallons of snow. We dumped it all into the sensory table, added ice scoops (that I found at Target last week in the $1 spot– on clearance for $.30!) and penguins, and let the kiddos play!