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Polymer Snow Sensory Table

 
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If you’re missing (real) snow this winter, try experimenting with polymer snow instead!

 

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This was our first time trying out this “fake” snow. I’ve gotten it for kids before as presents, but we’ve never actually taken the plunge and used it at home!  It comes in a cool science lab test tube, and is a super fun and affordable tactile experience!

 

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The directions suggest to mix a capful of the powder (a polymer) with water, and without stirring, the powder absorbs the water and expands like crazy!  It’s not especially sticky or messy, but I’d definitely advise doing this in a designated area – we used a little on a plate, on a placemat, in our painting safety zone.

 

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The snow powder we tried was a total ball to play with – it was wet and cold, but doesn’t melt into puddles! As you can see, we only used a teensey amount, and had enough to keep small hands busy for a while!  Add some animals, and create winter scenes!  Take it outside and have a snowfight!

 

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Some things worth noting about polymer snow – it’s cheap, and available a lot of places!  Ours came from A.C. Moore, but I’ve also seen it at the dollar store, and found it real cheap on Amazon.  I would definitely have invested in a larger volume if I would have known how much fun it is!

 

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It also is supposed to store well (up to a month or more) in a plastic bag or airtight container, and can be “refreshed” at any time, with a little water and fluffing.

 

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I think next time we’ll make a whole snow sensory table scape of it!

 

 

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Susan

I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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