How to Make Fake Snow

Snow Day!

Someone holding a ball of fake snow

Bring some snow day magic into your home without the frozen fingers, runny noses, and wet socks. Making fake snow is a great option for parents looking for an affordable way to keep kids busy––and it's a great sensory activity for preschool-aged children, requiring minimal supervision.* Bust out an extra set of measuring cups so little ones can make snow castles, or supply buttons and baby carrots for making mini snowmen.

*Note: Do not let your child eat the fake snow and avoid eye contact.

Gather Your Materials

Ingredients for fake snow

The best part about making fake snow is that it uses common supplies and materials already found in your home.

  • 1 (1-pound) box of baking soda
  • 1 (10-ounce) can of shaving cream
  • White or silver glitter (optional)
  • Large mixing bowl

Measure the Baking Soda

Blending ingredients of fake snow

Place all of the baking soda in a large mixing bowl.

Add the Shaving Cream

Using shaving cream to make fake snow

There's no set amount of shaving cream required to make fake snow. Add a little, mix it in, then add more if needed. Usually, one-third to one-half of a can is needed. You'll know you've added enough shaving cream when the mixture holds its shape.

Sprinkle the Glitter

Pouring ingredients into making fake snow

Glitter isn't a must for making fake snow, so if you want to avoid sparkly hands and clothes, feel free to leave it out. If you are using glitter, pour a few tablespoons into the mixing bowl.

Mix the Ingredients Together

Mixing ingredients with your hands

There is a reason why a mixing spoon was not included in the list of materials––the best part about this project is that you can get your hands dirty! For this part, roll up your sleeves or your kids' and prepare to get messy! Squeeze the mixture together between your fingers or fold it together like you would a cake batter. There is no wrong way to do this step.

Once all of the ingredients are fully incorporated, you can add more glitter for extra sparkle or additional shaving cream for a more moldable snow. If needed, you can always add more shaving cream or glitter during playtime.

Revel in Your Own Snow!

Shaping a fake snow ball

Transfer the fake snow from the mixing bowl onto a play surface or into a sensory bin. Allow your kids to get creative with how they play with it. Some fun ideas include:

  • Using measuring cups to make snow castles
  • Turning snowballs into mini snowmen
  • Using it to create snowy branches on your Christmas tree
  • Making a wintery tablescape for a holiday party