DIY Snow & Winter Wonderland: Sensory Play
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Our family loves to be outdoors as much as possible… this is until the cold starts rolling in. You see, here in northern we get that bitter freezing cold, except without all the fun snow to play in. This doesn’t make hanging outdoors very fun. I am forced to get creative during the winter months in order to keep my three kids from going crazy with boredom. There are also a whole lot of vacations due to the holidays, so there is even more pressure on me to keep my clan happy. I decided since we don’t have the luxury of receiving snow in the winter, why not make some of our own? Turned out to be a huge hit and something that my kids found far more fun than I had anticipated.
DIY snow is truly one of the easiest crafts we have ever made! All you need to create your brand new snow is baking soda and white conditioner (you can get large bottles of this for $1 at the dollar stores). I almost couldn’t believe that these two ingredient mixed together would result in homemade, but sure enough… it did! The texture reminds me of the really expensive moon sand that they sell in the toy section. I spent less than $3 on each of my children for this craft and that included the plastic container!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SNOW
What you need:
- 3 cups baking soda
- 1/2 cup white hair conditioner
- Plastic container (for play time and storing the snow)
- Winter wonderland figurines (also found a ton of these at the dollar store)
- Mix baking soda and conditioner together in a large bowl
- Stir together with a spoon until conditioner is well incorporated. Once the mixture is crumbly in texture, you are ready to play!
My youngest has always been a fan of getting her hands messy and sensory activities are always her favorite! This is such a simple and affordable activity that is fun for children of all ages, I even found myself enjoying it! What is so great about this activity is that it is simple, affordable and easy to clean up. A quick wipe down of the table with some Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes and a broom and dustpan for the snow that made its way to the floor… cleaned up in just a few minutes.
We found so many little winter wonderland figurines at the dollar store, my daughter truly enjoyed setting up her own winter wonderland and making the people play around in the snow.
She was so proud of her masterpiece and even insisted on giving her winter wonderland some Christmas lights to truly get in the holiday spirit!
I honestly could have cared less how much of mess this little girl of mine made… the look on her face as she played in her winter wonderland was priceless! She was all smiles and laughter for hours!
Wouldn’t this DIY make the perfect gift! Think about all of the possibilities when it comes to gifting it. This would be a very affordable way for your child to send in a gift to each of their classmates. You could make a large batch, put s small amount in some plastic sandwich bags, throw in a figurine, and put a homemade label on the outside!
This snow is fun for all ages and all three of my children (ages 4, 8 and 12) equally enjoyed playing with it!
This is also one of those amazing crafts that can be enjoyed over and over again! Simply place all of your snow in a plastic container along with all of its figurines, and store away until it’s time to play again.
People always ask me how I manage to survive the winter months with three kids, especially with all the sicknesses they bring home from school. My answer to them is to always be prepared. The last thing you want to have to do is run to the store sick, I have been in the unfortunate circumstance far too many times! I have learned over time that stocking up on the essentials will save you a lot of time and hassle.
My medicine cabinet is always stocked with the essentials that will both help get me through a cold and ensure that I don’t spread my cold germs throughout the house. Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes (which wipe away 99.9% of the most common allergens*) are always out in about around the house. I try to make it habit to keep all doorknobs and commonly handled items disinfected to avoid spreading germs during cold season.
If anyone in your home could benefit from using Abreva® Pump Cold Sore and Fever Blister Treatment, I highly encourage you to make sure this is already in your medicine cabinet. Abreva is not for temporary symptom relief, but healing. It delivers the best results when used at the first sign of a cold sore (e.g. the tingle that one feels on his/her lip).
Breathe® Right Extra Clear Nasal Strips are a must at my home because I am not myself if I haven’t gotten a good nights rest. Breathe Right strips provide relief for congestion due to colds, allergies, or a deviated septum and reduces snoring caused by nighttime nasal congestion. Breathe Right is also drug-free and safe to use with any sleep medication. How does it work you ask? Within each Breathe Right strip are flexible, “spring-like” bands. On the underside is a special adhesive that, when placed properly on the nose, gently sticks to the area right above the flare of each nostril. As the bands attempt to straighten back to their original shape, they gently lift the sides of the nose and open the nasal passages, providing immediate and continual relief.
Speaking of colds… have you seen these amazing cold products for adults? First to mention is the Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Chest Congestion DM, I am so thrilled to see they have a honey product for adults! I make sure to always have this product on hand during cold season because the liquid-strength of Robitussin Honey soothes on contact and provides cough relief for hours.
Yes, you are seeing correctly… the Theraflu Nighttime Power Pods Nighttime Severe Cold are in fact compatible with your single-serve machine… game-changing, right!? These fast-relieving pods work on even your severe symptoms… simply press, sip and feel relief. They are also available in Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold. These pods will help to temporarily relieve symptoms due to a cold such as minor aches and pains, headache, nasal and sinus congestion, cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation, minor sore throat pain and temporarily reduces a fever.
Remember, Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold and Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Chest Congestion DM should not be used at the same time.
Stocking up on these products this winter season has just gotten easier… on your wallet! Beginning on 12/9/18 you can get $1 Off Any Theraflu Product, $2 off Theraflu Power Pods, 12ct Powders, 40ct Caplets, and Syrups Twinpack through 1/26/19, and get a $1.25 off coupon for Robitussin product through 1/4/19. I found all of the products mentioned at my local Kroger and even took some shots at the store so you know where to grab them!
We hope you enjoyed this post and that it has inspired you to have fun and stay healthy this cold season! Let us know in the comment section below if you tried out this DIY snow and what your family thought!
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- *Use Clorox products as directed for removal of non-living allergens like pet dander, dust mite matter and pest matter on hard nonporous surfaces in your home. Keep out of reach of children.