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Now you can play in the snow year-round, inside, no matter where you live.

It’s easy to make your own fake snow whenever you get the craving for winter play. All you need is one simple ingredient called sodium polyacrylate. This is a fine white powder that can absorb up to 300 times its mass in water. It makes a squishy, wet, white gel-like substance that is irresistible for little hands to squeeze. You can even refrigerate your fake snow to make it cold and more snow-like.


Sodium Polyacrylate

It turns out that the magic substance in diapers that makes them…um….absorbent…is sodium polyacrylate.It This means there are two easy ways to make fake snow.


  • Grab a clean diaper and use a pitcher or a water bottle to fill it up with water. You will be amazed at how much water one diaper can hold! Once it stops absorbing water use scissors to cut away the fabric lining. You will find handfuls of white snow-like gel that you can dump into a baking sheet, plastic tub, or bowl for winter sensory play.

*For easy clean up, dump your fake snow in the trash, NOT down the sink! I know from experience that fake snow is excellent at clogging drains.


Fake Snow Applications

There are so many ways to use fake snow! Here are a few of our family’s favorites:

  • Use it in a winter sensory bin. You can add glitter and/or food coloring to the fake snow and then throw in some fun winter toys and cookie cutters for the kids to play with! This year we made a candy cane snow sensory bin that the kids loved.
  • Place a cup or two in a plastic baggie for mess-free sensory play. My daughter LOVED her baggie for days afterward.
  • Use baking soda and vinegar to make fizzy fake snow! This is one of my kids’ favorite scientific process art activities. Get the full instructions with pictures here.
  • Use fake snow as a science project! You can show how a diaper works or amaze everyone with how much water sodium polyacrylate can hold. Be scientific about it and show how many grams of water one gram of powder can absorb. (You’ll need a fine kitchen scale for this.)

What other ways have you played with fake snow? Let me know in the comments or post a picture to our Science Kiddo Community Facebook page!