We’ve had some snow this Winter in New England, but it’s melted quite quickly. Are your kids craving some snow fun? If you live in an area where you don’t get any snow, then the kids will really enjoy this sensory activity. All you need to purchase is an insta snow package found at most toy stores, craft stores, or on Amazon. It’s similar to what is in a diaper; when you add water it expands. You don’t need much so this packet will last you awhile. Also if you leave it out after playing, the water will evaporate from the used insta snow within 2-3 days and you can play with it again! Keep in mind that although this product is non-toxic, it should not be ingested for obvious reasons that it expands when water is added to it.
Sensory Activity Materials Needed:
- Sensory bin, a long cake pan, or disposable aluminum foil pan
- Insta Snow
- Small cups of water (plain or colored)
- Droppers and/or 0.5 teaspoons
- Watercolor or liquid watercolor (optional)
- Play snowplows, bulldozers, or any construction trucks
Setting Up The Insta Snow Sensory Activity
Ahead of time, prepare the sensory activity and have the “environment act as the third teacher” by setting it up to silently tell the children what to do with the materials. I put out two cake pans with three clumps of the dry insta snow. Next to each clump was either a dropper or 1/2 teaspoon. Then there were three colored cups. In each cup I had the matching colored water; I only put the primary colors out so that the children could also learn about mixing colors as they made the insta snow grow. If you don’t have liquid watercolor on hand, you can chip out a bit from a hard watercolor tray and mix it into warm water. Lastly, I added a few spoons and toy construction trucks if the kids wanted to try pretend play with snow plows and diggers.
Ask children inquisitive questions as you play, “What will happen if you add two drops of blue and one drop of red water to the snow?” or “What do you think will happen if you had 10 drops of water?” Don’t forget to leave it out to dry so you can use it again, enjoy! For another sensory activity, children can explore colored spaghetti or use shaving cream to marble paper. If you can offer one new sensory activity a week, it will provide children with new opportunities to learn through their senses. Hire a Nanny Educator or Tutor through Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny to assist with learning at home!
About The Author
Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and works for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as the eLearning Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her son, going for walks with her husband and dog, and discovering local wineries in New England.