Recently Rob and I were talking about snow, and the fact it’s nearly December and barely coat weather although it’s quite wet, and while we’re calling it winter, it doesn’t actually feel like it. All the pictures of winter have snow flakes on, and it’s a bit of a stretch of a young imagination to think what it’s like if you’ve never seen it. It doesn’t look like there’s much chance of any real snow falling any time soon. So, I thought James would probably like to play in snow. So a quick search on Amazon brought up this stuff.

insta-snow is a fun activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Well, today we tried it out. You add the tiniest amount of water to the smallest scoop of powder, and magically you have snow!

you need a really small scoop of fake snow and it makes a lot

It’s soft and squidgy, and because it’s made with cold water, is also cold a bit like snow. James enjoyed scooping it, and making snow-mice with the Jerry mouse mould.

playing with fake snow

Then I passed him some vehicles and he drove them through the snow.

a fun activity for toddlers any time of year

Really excellent fun, and it kept James occupied for very nearly an hour, until hunger won out.

no snow outside - no problem - bring it inside with fake snow

This fake snow keeps really well – for months actually – in a Tupperware box. You only use a tiny, tiny amount, and so because you can keep the made-up snow, this is a fab investment for all your fake snow needs!
I also have found this to be a really great activity for quiet play when I need a bit of a sit down – I’m properly pregnant now!


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  1. December 30, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    ok, I have about a million questions on this! What is it made from? And how much of a pain in the bum is it to clean up? Because the stuff I made was positively hellish.

    • December 30, 2014 / 7:02 pm

      It’s a tiny granule that swells when it’s in contact with water. It’s non-toxic, and environmentally safe, apparently. I do not know what it’s made of, sorry! It lasts as puffed up snow for a long time. We still have this snow we made at the very end of November in a Tupperware box, and we’ve played with it a load of times since then.
      It is easy to clean up – just a wipe with a damp cloth. No stains or anything from the bits that have touched clothes and carpet.
      Have I sold it? Should I have been on commission?!

    • December 30, 2014 / 8:26 pm

      Oh, but you can’t mould it, so you can’t make a snowman, disappointingly.

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