Let Them Grow: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Let Them Grow by Candice Chouinard

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman, but its too dang cold for your little one to be out more then two minutes without getting frostbite? Winter is always a fun time to use snow and ice as a medium for art. As you know, toddlers can make art out of just about anything. Playing with snow in New England is a time-honored tradition. Real snow is the best – you can bring it indoors in bowls or pans and let your little one explore the cold without gloves in the warmth of your house. However, it melts. This led me to experiment with several fake snow recipes. I tried a bunch, but this one is the most realistic.

What is in it? 50/50 white hair conditioner and baking soda. It is that simple. It feels like real snow – cool to the touch and malleable.

Let your child explore the fake snow using ice cream scoops, spoons, and small containers. Practice rolling balls and making mini snow people! Add beans, a piece of a carrot, and a little scrap of fabric for a scarf and build that snow creature. You can also add food coloring and create rainbow masterpieces.

Engage your toddler and preschooler in the free play by adding more tools to build with. Use ice cube trays to create igloo blocks and build a house for your little friends. This snow can be stored for a while, up to two weeks in a bag or airtight container.

Use this opportunity to talk about snow. Why is it cold? How do people live in the snow, in an igloo, for example? What animals live in the snow?

Over the last few weeks we have found that winter can be rough if you can’t get out for long periods of time with your little, but it can also be fun if you can find creative ways to engage them in free play! Stay warm!


Candice Chouinard has worked with youth of all ages and backgrounds, creating and implementing programming for children. She revels in hands-on, long-term, messy projects that are both fun and educational. Candice comes from a background in creative writing, as well as, child development and psychology. She owns and operates a daycare in Northampton, MA.



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