We’ve yet to see any real snow this year, despite promises of downfalls in November, so we decided to make some fake snow of our own.

We made three different types of pretend snow and set about exploring their different properties for a wonderful snowy sensory experience.

Don’t forget to try my other winter science experiments too!

How to make fake snow

Cornflour Snow

Add a small amount of water to some cornflour.

This is just goop or oobleck. My littlest child was fascinated when it was in the bowl as it felt quite solid, but when we put it in our tray it started to flow like a liquid.

Pretend snow made with cornflour oobleck

Baking Powder Snow

Add a small amount of water to baking powder until you get the consistency you want.

I liked the feel of this fake snow the best as it was quite smooth and silky.

pretend snow made with baking powder

Snow Dough

I used this snow dough recipe from The Imagination Tree. We liked this one the best as we could mould it into snowballs, and it felt quite squeaky ( I can’t think of a better word ).

Pretend snow - snow dough recipe

You can see how the snow dough is slightly yellow in colour because of the vegetable oil, and we had to build a dam to stop the cornflour and water running into the others.

Have you made any fake snow this year?

More snow science ideas

For older children, you could experiment with quantities and try to work out exactly how much of each ingredient makes the perfect snow recipe.

What happens if you add too much oil or water?

Can you mould the oobleck into a solid ball?, what happens if you drop it?

Snow sensory ideas

This fizzy snow from Inspiration Laboratories looks like great fun!

We can’t wait to try No Time for Flash Card’s floam recipe.

This melted snowman idea is very cute as well!

If you enjoyed this activity, we’ve got lots more fun winter science ideas you can try too!

Warning – Do not let children eat the snow.

Make different types of sensory snow and test to see which works the best. fun winter science experiment for Early years.

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