Homemade Snow

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In this sensory activity, learners enjoy the fun of a snow day any season of the year. Learners create simulated snow and explore basic chemical reactions by combining baking soda and shampoo, conditioner, or shaving cream. After they make their snow, learners can play, mold, and draw pictures in their creation; experimenting with different materials to see which recipe makes the fluffiest or most packable snow. Activity includes step-by-step instructions and a section explaining how this mixture mimics real snow.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • A large, flat container
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2-3 tbsp white-coloured shampoo or conditioner, or 3-4 tbsp shaving cream
  • NOTE: To reduce sensory overload, use unscented or mildly scented products


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


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