We are so excited to announce we have found a property for our new Sensory Hub and it’s not far from where we are based presently.
Winter themed Sensory play – Snow! ❄
Ok, so who loves snow? Adults like it, as long as we don’t have to venture out to work or try and battle through it to get to a shop or even worse, drive in it!
But whilst it can be tricky to get around in, snow provides the most fantastic sensory experience. Some of us might be lucky enough to see some snow this winter, in which case I encourage you to get you and your little ones (or not so little ones) wrapped up and out in it- even if it’s a light dusting, the learning opportunities from it will be amazing and I almost guarantee it won’t be the children that throw the first snowball (ahem…yes grown ups, I’m talking about you)!
But, this is our country and we all know that the weather doesn’t always do what’s expected for the time of year, so we have found the most fabulous recipe for you to create your own snow from simple ingredients you might find around the house.
Sensory Snow Fun
Not only does it have the fabulous slightly crunchy texture of snow, it can be kept in the fridge, so it has that lovely cold feeling of real snow (but without the frozen fingertips) and, it melts like snow after a little bit of being left out so it really does feel close to the real thing.
We had a great time making snow men and little snowballs with it, but really there is no end to the exciting ideas you can come up with to engage with it.
What you can use
How about using toy cars to make tyre tracks in the snow. Or maybe get a doll and make some footprints?
Use natural materials such as pebbles and rocks. Try making a winter scene for dinosaurs or farm animals, or a winter wonderland for fairies or other toys. Get some spoons and dig a path through the snow for the toys.
Use a fork to create patterns. Get a pencil, end of a paintbrush, a stick…. use them to draw letters, words, shapes or numbers. Make snowballs for counting, have a game…who can roll the snowball from one side to the other the quickest? Or roll a dice and make that many snowballs.
Bury a toy or an object in the snow and let them dig it out. How about making an igloo or hut out of Lego or Duplo and making a winter scene or use some foil for an icy pond in the snow for some toy ducks or penguins.
These are just a few ideas I’m sure you will have even more than that and your children will probably have even more than you!
Sensory play snow recipe ❄⛄
What you will need ..
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup cornflour
- 1cup baking powder
- 1tbsp cream of tartar
- 4tbsp water
- Play tray or suitable container for play
- Zip lock bag to store
- Put the baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar and cornflour in to a bowl and mix well.
- Add around 2 tbsp of the water and mix well using the whisk.
- Add another 2 tbsp of water if needed and mix well using the whisk until it resembles fluffy snow.
- Put in the fridge to make cold.
- When at the temperature you want , take it out if the fridge for play.
- To store, place in a zip lock bag and remove the air or place in air tight container (making sure there’s no air) and store in the fridge.
Have a look at our BLOG for more great fun sensory recipes.
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