Snow and ice have been on fire (pun totally intended) ever since Olaf showed up on the scene. From real snow bins to foamy snow play, there are cool (and safe) ways to let baby in on the frozen fun. Finding your favorite sensory activity will be easy. It’s keeping yourself from humming “Do you want to build a snowman?” while scrolling through this flipbook that might be tough!
You’ll love this edible pretend snow. Stale bread is the only ingredient! Completely safe and easy, this sensory project takes almost no time and it’s worth every minute of the mess. Find out how to make it really feel like a snowy day with no chill factor with the tutorial by Asia over at Fun at Home with Kids.
photo: Aisa Citro via funathomewithkids
The snow queen herself probably practiced her building skills the same way. Instead of sand castles, baby can make snow castles. Simply provide a bin of snow, sand toys and a little imagination. Crystal, mama-in-chief at Growing a Jeweled Rose, offers this awesome sensory activity for having a “warm day” playing in the snow.
photo: Crystal Underwood via growingajeweledrose
Baby Snow Cone Stations
Mama of six and daycare owner Arlee makes great use of the cold stuff with a play snow cone station over at My Small Potatoes. Plastic sundae cups make for serious scooping and easy access to a bin of snow and even some “syrup” (colored water).
photo: Arlee Greenwood via mysmallpotatoes
Snowy Sensory Bag
You’ve made a sensory bag for every season, so creating a snow bag makes perfect sense. Clear hair gel, glitter, marshmallows and uncooked tapioca are just a few of the items you can add to your baby’s bag. Katie, the master mama over at A Little Pinch of Perfect, suggests throwing the bag in the fridge to maintain freshness and cool temperature.
photo: courtesy Katie via littlepinchofperfect
Avoid cold fingertips and whip up a batch of Snow Dough. The Imagination Tree provides a great recipe for babies (use veggie oil!) and adds a little glitter for a shiny, shimmery, snowy batch of dough. Mold it into snowmen, have mini snow fights or even build mini igloos.
photo: courtesy Anna Ranson via theimaginationtree
Melting Snowman Bath
Would Olaf be interested in a snowman bath? We know babies are sure to dive right in. Contain the fun (and the mess) in the tub and create a snowy scene with shaving cream, food coloring and imitation snowflakes. Head over to Bath Activities for Kids to grab the full list of gear needed for this sweet sensory.
photo: courtesy Crystal Underwood via bathactivitiesforkids
Snowy Sensory Play
Let it foam, let it foam, let it foam. Parents, your little one will probably be happy with foamy snow alone, but feel free to add in whatever extra bits you feel baby can handle. Wondering where to pick up a bottle or two of suds? Grab a bottle of Mr. Bubbles the next time you’re at the grocery store. Head over to Messy Little Monster to find out how mama Louise gets it done.
photo: courtesy Louise via messylittlemonster
Snow Sensory Bin
Fill up a bin with the real stuff. Baby’s fingers will be frosty, but it’s worth it! Little People figurines can make for a fun and sensational sensory bin, especially when trying to engage your own little person. Make a construction site, a zoo or whatever you fancy. Head over to Happy Hooligans to find out what mama Jackie does with her other snow bins, plus tips for keeping your floor dry!
photo: courtesy Jackie via happyhooligans
Editor’s note: We at Red Tricycle encourage learning. That being said, please do not ever leave baby unattended with small bits or materials. Here’s to some carefree crafting!
Do you have great ideas for baby snow sensory? Share with us in the comments!
— Gabby Cullen