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Activity: Fake Snow



You will need: a large play tray, measuring cup, baking soda, corn starch, sticks, tablespoon, and candy.


Mix 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of cornstarch in a bowl. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing with your hands. Keep adding water until the mixture can just hold its shape when squeezed in your hand. 


If you add too much water, it will liquefy. If this happens, you can always add a bit more baking soda. Adding corn starch to the mixture helps the ‘snow’ hold its shape better than just baking soda alone.


Once the fake snow clumps up, your child can now use it to make shapes and build a snowman. Use sticks, candy and other small toys to build your snowman.


This is also a good opportunity to discuss with your child how real snow is made, and why the mixture of baking soda and corn starch acts similarly to real snow.


For more information about snow, visit BBC Bitesize.


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