Snow balls that don’t freeze fingers? Sometimes winter fun needs to be brought indoors at Camp Grandma.
In the 1960’s, my husband and I bought wooden skis and leather boots that were aptly nicknamed “ankle busters.” Newlyweds learning a winter sport with friends in Green Bay, Wisconsin evolved into three generations of skiers heading for the mountains in Utah. The skis are now fiberglass and the boots mold comfortably to your legs. Our skulls are also well protected with padded helmets and stylish goggles that don’t frost up.
When the weather won’t cooperate, it’s time for Camp Grandma and some fun indoor science projects. Let’s make snow balls that won’t melt or freeze cute little fingers.
-Body Lotion, 20 ounce bottle
-Corn Starch, 16 ounce box
-Large mixing bowl
Pour the corn starch into a large bowl and add half the bottle of lotion. The peppermint extract gives a nice smell, but isn’t necessary.
This is where stiring and squishing comes in. Keep adding lotion to the mixture until the dough is moldable.
Your hands will thank you for this softest snow ball making project ever. It’s time to add button eyes, sticks, and anything else that a snowman needs to wear. Store the dough in zip lock bags for future play times. Add some lotion if it becomes too dry.
Our next science project involves snow ball dough that creates foaming bubbles and erupts like volcanos.
-Baking Soda, large box
-Shaving Cream, approximately 1/2 can needed
-Vinegar, large bottle
Pour the entire box of baking soda into a large bowl. The kids will love squirting shaving cream, that mostly ends up in the bowl and then squishing to mix and mold.
Place the snow balls on a plastic plate or tray that has sides, to keep the liquid from spilling. Spray or pour vinegar on the baking soda mixture to create your own erupting and foaming bubbles.
The snow balls will look really cool by sprinkling blue Koolaid powder and glitter over them. This works better than food coloring, since it won’t stain little fingers. Keep adding more vinegar onto the baking soda mixture and the fun lasts until the vinegar is gone.
I bought all these ingredients at the dollar store, for a day of very inexpensive science fun. Is making snow that won’t freeze messy? Absolutely! I just made sure the grandkids washed up before receiving my Camp Grandma hugs.