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Pin or Pass: DIY Play Snow

Raise your hand if you have spent way too many late nights scrolling through food and home decor and craft ideas on Pinterest. *ME* I can’t even tell you how many brilliant ideas I have saved to boards that are full of pins I have never tried. So I have decided to start a new post series called Pinterest: Pin or Pass. Each week I will test out one of the many pins I have saved and let you know if it is worth the save or if you should keep on scrolling!

Pin or Pass: Play Snow

For our first Pin or Pass post I thought I would try out play snow. I had been seeing it all over Instagram and thought it would be a fun sensory activity for Aaliyah to try. Now I know it is the end of January and most people are already thinking of valentines but I have so many cute winter activities we never did! It has been 70 degrees all “winter” here and it seemed strange to be making snow and decorating gingerbread houses.

The recipe for play snow is super simple. The most popular I found was shaving cream and flour, so I bought some shaving cream from the dollar store and we tried this recipe first. First tip I learned right away: cheap shaving cream is fragrant. Like I couldn’t smell anything else and we smelt like shaving cream even after a bath. Scent aside, I measured out a cup of flour and slowly added in the shaving cream until I liked the consistency. I got out some craft beads and playdoh toys (another dollar store find!) and let her start playing!

At first it was great! I hid the beads in the play snow and she used a spoon to dig each bead out like a little treasure hunt. But after only a few minutes the snow started to crumble and would not stick together anymore.

I didn’t want to give up yet! I searched new pins and found a recipe that used corn starch instead. This time I decided to start with the shaving cream and then slowly added corn starch. This felt better as soon as I started mixing. I ended up doubling the recipe and even added in the small amount of flour snow that was left. The consistency was much better and we were able to create a tiny snow man and use the cookie cutters to make a “snow baby.”

After around 45 minutes of playing, she decided she was done and I threw our highly scented play snow in the trash. Now don’t get me wrong it was fun for a little while, and I know you can save it in an air tight container to use again, but I did not think this was something that we would do again. It would be much easier, more colorful, and less smelly to have her play with playdoh. This pin is definitely a PASS for me, unless there is actual snow outside and you are desperate for an indoor activity!

Have you ever tried play snow? What recipe did you use and should I give it a chance? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Stay curious,

Lexi

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About Mermama

Hi! I'm Lexi. I'm the mermama to my merbaby. I live and create on Callifornia's central coast. I love to travel, binge watch, and take pictures. I'm passionate about art education and encouraging creativity in children.
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11 thoughts on “Pin or Pass: DIY Play Snow

  1. Oh my goodness, your baby girl is gorgeous! This is a such a neat activity for the kids. I want to try this when my little ones get older. Did you find it was a real pain to clean up?

  2. What a great idea!! I don’t do many diy projects so it’s great to know if something works or doesn’t! Also, indoor snow is a great idea!

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