Winter Activities for Kids: Homemade Pretend Snow Play Ideas

Winter Activities for Kids: Homemade Pretend Snow Play Ideas
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Homemade Pretend Snow Play Ideas

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If you have been following the blog you know how much we love “fake snow” simply  because – well, we don’t have real snow around these parts. We have been coming up with play ideas using “pretend snow” Today’s post is a short roundup of common ingredients you can use to simulate snow and the children will love it. Even for those who have snow, these ideas will be a change from the usual routine.

The other option is the fantastic Insta-Snowthat you can purchase online. We love that stuff and our rainbow snow is made using that material

You will find 10 ingredients that make for a perfect pretend snow base. All of them are common household ingredients. Click on over and find out how these simple ingredients were used, take a peek at their gorgeous pictures and read up on play ideas, tips and tricks.

Pretend Snow Sparkly Winter Sensory Bin


Extensions/additional play ideas using this ingredient

                     Pretend Snow Writing

                     Pretend Snow I-Spy Game

Edible Snow

edible snow

Asia is great at making sensory activities as non-toxic, edible and all natural as possible. She has done it again in this sensory snow which is great for babies. Head on over to find out what the pretend snow really is. I promise you will be impressed.

Another edible snow

coconut snow sensory play for winter

Genny at has created this GENIUS pretend snow recipe which will make you say “coool!”

 Sparkly Snow

sparkle pretend snow

One of your pantry item added with a dose of glitter makes for a wonderful pretend snow experience. Recipe from Growing  A Jeweled Rose.

Shivery Snow

shivery snow

This super fun cold to touch pretend snow is a very cleverly devised recipe from Learn With Play At Home

Sensory Snow

baking soda pretend snow

Another pantry item is all you need to make this sensory snow by FSPDT

 Snowy Winter Sensory Bin


This common household ingredient can be used in multiple ways. Click on over to see this amazing small world play from One Perfect Day.

Extensions/additional ideas with the same ingredient

                                 Shredded Paper Snow Scene

Sudsy Snow

Ivory Soap Snow World

Make a simple South Pole scene with this soapy snow recipe

Extensions/additional ideas with the same ingredient

Snow Dough

Dry pretend snow sensory play


Fine motor skills and pretend snow play? Yes please! Activity from Fun-A-Day.

 Penguin World with Pretend Snow


Make a simple Arctic snow scene with a basic material. So easy and so much fun!

Fake Snow”

snow activities for kids with rainbow snow

Ok this one needs to be purchased. But it is fantastic and we have come up with plenty of play ideas for the product

Fake snow painting

Pretend Snow Dinosaur Goo

Fake snow sensory bin

 That’s all folks! There you have it – 10 ingredients that will keep your children happy and playing with “pretend snow”

Thanks for reading

Check our winter activities for kids category page

Further inspiration at winter activities for kids on Pinterest

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities


Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

preschool play book

We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

baby book

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  1. lndprtrs

    What I love the most about all the pretend snow ideas is – we live in South Africa and rarely see snow, except on the mountains (where we don’t live). Now we can try out all kinds of “snow”. We’ll definitely work some of these in next week.
    Keep well
    Thank you


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