Are you dreaming of a winter wonderland, but not getting any beautiful white snow to make it a reality? Don't wait on the weather to make your wintry wishes come true, just follow the Scout Elves' simple solution: make fake snow! As North Pole dwellers, the Scout Elves know all about perfect powdery snow, so they've created several easy recipes for fake snow. Each is the perfect consistency for building mini snowmen, snowballs and even small igloos, and will create hours of fun for little ones.
Best Ways to Make Fake Snow
- Baking soda and shaving cream. Mix together 1lb of baking soda and slowly add shaving cream until you reach the perfect snowy consistency. Let kids knead the fake snow with their hands until it's all combined.
- Baking soda and water. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add water one tablespoon at a time. Use a fork or a whisk to stir the two ingredients together, adding more water as you go. When it's light and powdery, it's ready to play with!
- Baking soda and conditioner. For this recipe, be sure to use white conditioner so your fake snow looks just like the real stuff. Start with 1/2 cup of conditioner, and use a fork to stir in about 3 cups of baking soda. This snow packs very well and is great for making snowmen!
- Shaving cream and cornstarch. Mix equal parts shaving cream (foam, not gel) and cornstarch for this recipe, which makes a dense, foamy snow that is very easy to mold.
- Cornstarch and lotion. Mix together equal parts cornstarch and lotion for this crumbly snow recipe. If you're looking for a more powdery snow, add slightly less lotion than cornstarch.
- Bonus Tips! To give your fake snow extra flair, try adding glitter, or even essential oils (the Scout Elves love adding peppermint oil because it reminds them of their favorite white Christmases!) You can also pop your fake snow in the freezer to make it cold to the touch just like real snow. Provide kids with cookie cutters, plastic utensils and snowman decorating supplies for maximum fun.
Looking for more ways to pass the time indoors this winter? See what else the Scout Elves have up their sleeves in Scout Elf Craft Corner!
Please remember that when attempting the craft included in this blog post, children should always be supervised by an adult. When using crafting supplies or products, always read manufacturer’s instructions and warnings.