Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Huckleberry Life: Play Snow {Sensory Activity}

Soooo...I was suppose to give you guys a tour of my house all tricked out for Christmas today. Unfortunately, this nasty weather that has stuck around since last week has made taking indoor pictures impossible! We have been almost completely overcast for the past four days, and while it makes for great snuggling it does NOT make for great photos.

And I insist on the best for you guys. Because I love y'all. 
 
So while we are waiting for the sun to make a reappearance {soon please, seƱor sol!}, the kids and I have been cooped up inside, going a little stir crazy. Which is why I decided to introduce a new sensory play to let them release some creative energy.

 
We made play snow! It is really simple to make: 3 cups of baking soda mixed with a half a cup of conditioner. I would recommend a white conditioner so your snow stays that color. I found the recipe here and have had the ingredients for awhile. I was just trying to muster up the courage to make it for the kids because I know how some of these sensory plays can get a little out of hand, especially when it comes to the clean up. The last one I made was the moon sand recipe using flour and baby oil.

It. Was. Awful.

I don't know if any of you have tried it and maybe had a different experience {or were smarter than me and made your kids do this outside} but I am still having nightmares about the mess this seemingly innocuous sensory play caused. I know that kids are suppose to get dirty and I knew that introducing this moon sand to my littles would  require some clean up effort on my part {especially since they are very enthusiastic in their play and rarely are able to keep everything inside the container} but oh my word. This was the very definition of a hot mess. It did not sweep up so I had to vacuum it up and then it left an oil slick behind it that I had to scrub off the floor. And the table. And their hands. And everything else it touched. Just a really, really awful time.

But, hey, the kids loved playing with it, so I guess it was a success on that end.

Anyways, now you know why I was so hesitant to introduce this play snow to my kids. But I rallied the troops, screwed up my courage and gave it a go. I am so glad that I did.


This play snow is so much fun! Both my kids {ages 4 and 2} really got a kick out of it. It molds easily, feels cool to the touch and smells like freshly washed hair. Mmmmm.


Plus, the clean up was a breeze. Huzzah! Both products dissolved almost immediately when rinsed under water {bonus: no need for soap!} and it swept up with no problems.

The only snowmen we get in south Texas.
  Also, if you seal your play snow in an airtight container, it will stay good and the fun can continue the next day!

 

So sorry that I wasn't able to give y'all the Christmas tour of my house! But hopefully you will try the play snow and get a kick out of it!





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29 comments:

  1. Moonsand is wonderful! I definitely had my daughter play with it outside. We love it!! Can't wait to try this one.

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  2. The picture says 2 cups of baking soda, but you wrote 3 in the post. Which is it? :)

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    1. It's 3 cups. Thanks for pointing out the discrepancy... we've fixed the picture. Hope you enjoy making this! :)

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    2. Hi there, just a quick question. Is it hair conditioner or fabric conditioner that you use to make it?

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    3. Hi there just a quick question. Is it hair conditioner or fabric conditioner that you use to make it?

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  3. The photo says 2 cups of baking soda, but your post says 3! Could you clarify, please?

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    1. Sorry about that! It's suppose to be 3 cups! :)

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  4. Just saw this shared on Facebook! This looks like such fun for the little ones. I love that it is easy clean up too.
    I would love for you to stop by and share this on my weekly Toddler Idea Tuesday link up. I feature a couple of posts each week, linking back to the original post. And if I post about us making this, I will definitely link back to you. I always give credit back to the original blog.
    Will definitely be pinning this.
    Here is the link to my Toddler Idea Tuesday, if you would like to stop by.
    http://totsandme.blogspot.com/2014/11/toddler-ideas-tuesday-november-25-2014.html

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    1. Thank you so much! I linked up and hope you enjoy the activity! :)

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    2. Hi Lydia,
      Thanks for linking up with Toddler Idea Tuesday. I just wanted to let you know that this post was featured on this week's Toddler Idea Tuesday and I have pinned it to my Toddler Ideas board. I hope to see you stop by again with other fun ideas.
      Have a great day.

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  5. Looks very interesting, do you know how safe it is for young skin? I run a toddler group and might consider using this, but need to do a risk assessment!

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  6. Yes I'll make this for my 3 yr old...she'll love it! She also loves the 'moon sand' you discribes...so much I made it in different colors too! I'm sure you think I'm crazy for doing that due to your experience...but here's the catch why...I had a huge (well, probably between 3X3 & 4X4) peice of left over paneling used in a remodeling project this past summer. It worked great! Yes, I prefer the stuff outside too. And, yes, there is still some clean up, but as long as I remind her to 'keep it in the middle" it works great! Plus its flexible so I can funnel whats left after clean up right into a garbage can! And I'll use it for the 'snow' too! :-D

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  7. can you use this around mini lights?

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  8. Where did you get the adorable snowman parts (hat, scarf, etc)?

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    1. The scarf is just a piece of ribbon and I made the hat using stiff felt that I had laying around. I just cut a circle for the brim and then a strip for the top hat part and hot glued it together. The arms are toothpicks with the points snipped off and I was able to use a marker to make the face. :) Hope this helps!

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  9. We did this this morning and 2 1/2 hours later my son (3) is still playing with it. I work from home so any time I can come up with an activity that keeps him quiet with out the TV is amazing! Thank you!! I have him up in the high chair and besides a few sweeps around him (which has been super easy) the mess has been super minimal. Thank you!!!!!

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    1. So glad your son enjoyed it! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! :) I love hearing that other people enjoyed the activity too!

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  10. Thank you so much for posting this! My 3 year old has been playing for almost an hour, which is record-breaking for holding her attention.

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  11. So excited to find this. All of the other recipes I find like this call for shaving cream, but I feel better about using the conditioner.

    The other day I allowed my three-year-old to play with sugar cubes (our ice blocks) and then I just got out the bag of sugar and put it with a little glitter onto his train table with some trucks. I probably didn't think that one through long enough, but he really enjoyed it...played an hour at first, and then he went back to it later for at least 30 more minutes.

    I'm sure we will have loads of fun with this recipe today! Thanks.

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  12. Do you know how long it'll last? I want to put this in a care package to my marine who is overseas but it doesn't say anything about how long it'll last. Thanks!

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    1. What a sweet idea! I know it lasted for us for about a week in an airtight container but am not sure how it would survive being shipped overseas. Sorry I can't be more help! :/

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  13. I made this at my day program and it was so much fun. We put 2 cups in it. Now I know it should of been 3 cups. What is the best suave conditioner to buy?

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    1. You can actually use any conditioner that you have on hand! I just used Suave because it was cheap and white {colored conditioner will tint your snow}. Hope this helps! :)

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  14. I'd like to make this and send it to my grandson for Christmas. I'd make it about a week before he'd get it. Should I send the ingredients separately, or if it is in an airtight container, should it be okay? Thank you

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  15. So I tried this out this evening with my three kiddos. I got baking soda and accidentally bought shampoo instead of conditioner at the dollar store. Well we went ahead and mixed it up and the consistency was right but the smell was absolutely horrendous. It smelled really chemically. It was a pain to clean up! I am wondering which variable made my play snow into my biggest pinterest fail yet! Either buying supplies from dollar store or the shampoo instead of the conditioner.

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    1. I just made this same mistake! It smelled like ammonia or something and it gave me a chemical burn on my hand! lol. I'm glad I didn't give it to the kids! We will have to go buy the conditioner tomorrow!

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  16. I gave it to my 2 and 1 year old in the bathtub because it was cold outside. They loved it :)

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  17. I would love to use this with my 1st grade class. Is the recipe you listed enough for only two children or could more use it?

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