Winter Wonderland Sensory Play

Did you know you can easily recreate the magic of freshly fallen snow, but from the comfort of home? What’s better, is that you likely have everything you need right in your pantry.  

I’ve partnered with Babyganics to show you how to make this amazing snowy sensory play. You and your little explorer can create a winter wonderland for your child’s favourite little toys, build mini snowmen, and explore the cool sensation of this powdery, yet moldable snow, all while gaining many sensory benefits.

Here’s what you need:

-Baking Soda

-Corn Starch

-Water

-A tray or container

-Animal figurines (or little cars and trucks—whatever you would like to add)

-Outdoor accessories such as pebbles, sticks, pinecones (this is optional, but always a fun addition to explore natural textures)

-Babyganics Moisturizing Daily Lotion to relax and combat dry skin after play

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To make the “snow”:

Measure out ½ cup of both baking soda and cornstarch and mix them together using a spoon in your tray/container. Next, measure ½ cup of water and slowly begin pouring the water into the mixture. Pour most of it and mix it all up. If you notice the mixture appears wet and clumped together, you can sprinkle a bit more baking soda right into the tray to soak up some of the water. If it’s still too dry, add the remaining water.  It will get to the point that you will need to abandon the spoon and use your hands to “break” it all up/crumble it up to give it more of the fluffy/flaky snow texture. It should not stick to your hands (If it does, add more baking soda) but should also be moldable. (If not, add a touch more water.)

Once you’ve reached the desired consistency, it’s time to add the accessories. I always enjoy adding some real elements from nature; pebbles, sticks, pinecones etc. Use what you have around your home! I also threw in some acrylic jewels and silk snowflakes to compliment the icy, arctic theme—just make sure you are constantly supervising your child at all times.

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Next, decide which toys will get to explore this lovely winter wonderland you’ve created. We used our arctic animals, but any animals can have fun playing in the snow. Follow your child’s interest to help keep them engaged. They might enjoy using cars or dump trucks to make tracks in the snow.

Optional: For an added sensory experience, pop the tray into the fridge or freezer for a few hours before play—that way, the snow will actually be cold!

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What type of developmental benefits are gained from this type of play you wonder?   

  • Cognitive Abilities: Problem-solving as they explore and figure out the properties of the snow 
  • Mathematical Concepts: Counting or patterning with the accessories  
  • Language Skills: Introducing new vocabulary related to the activity such as soft, smooth, cold, white, etc.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Working hand muscles and practicing fine motor control as they hold and guide their toys through the snow
  • Hand Eye Coordination:  happens naturally while your child plays
  • Social Skills: practicing turn taking (with a sibling or with a parent)
  • Emotional Regulation and Awareness: ask your child how this makes them feel, or use language such as “you have a smile on your face; it looks like you’re happy playing in the snow”

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After this fun-filled winter adventure in the snow, your child will need to wash their hands as you will notice a light white and powdery residue. After playing and washing, I like to prevent drying, especially during the harsh, cold winter months by using Babyganics Moisturizing Daily Lotion. It’s gentle on little hands and is formulated with plant-derived and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients.

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This snowy activity is a great way to spend some quality time with your little one and perfect to promote learning the way that kids learn best, through play!

*This is a sponsored post with Babyganics

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