This frosty fake snow slime recipe ticks all the boxes for a Christmas themed sensory play activity. It is icy cold and it crackles! It smells magnificent – like candy canes. It can be molded, yet it also ‘melts’ like snow. It looks slimy and sticky, but it is not at all – in fact, it feels rubbery and smooth. Plus it feels wet, even though it is dry. Mind blown!
Why should you make Frosty the Snowman Slime?
Because it is magnificent of course. No seriously, it is amazing… my kids both had so much fun with this. Mostly though, it was easy and we had an enjoyable, chilled out play session with both the kids asking questions and wanting to know more.
I love providing sensory play activities for my children, like this Christmas Sensory Box. I especially love creating themed and therapeutic invitations to play, with ample learning opportunities that challenge a child’s sensory awareness.
This unique type of slime isn’t what it appears to be… It is much more. That’s what makes it so interesting to play with – the smell, texture, temperature and sound will intrigue children and challenge their sensory perception.
We’re unlikely to see any snow in Australia for Christmas so this is the closest we’ll get! What better way to get the kids into the holiday spirit than to make beautifully scented, Christmas themed, frosty, fake snow slime?
How to make Frosty Snow Slime
This recipe is based on a Scented Christmas Sensory Slime I made recently, with an additional secret ingredient that gives the slime the snow-like quality.
You will need:
- Elmer’s White School Glue
- Warm water
- Glitter, snowflake sequins
- Peppermint essence
- Hot water
- Packing styrofoam
- Plus two bowls, a fork and a spoon and some space in your fridge
1. Bowl one: Mix Elmer’s School Glue and 1 cup of warm water, in an even ratio 1:1. Add iridescent glitter, snow flake sequins, and blue or silver glitter. Add two caps of peppermint essence and two caps of glycerin.
2. Bowl two: In a separate bowl mix 1 teaspoon of Borax into 1 cup of hot water.
3. Mixing it together: Gradually pour the Borax mix, dash by dash, into bowl one. You will need to keep stirring and working it. If it is slightly runny, remove it from the excess water and continue to work it together.
This is your basic slime recipe. If you would like to understand the science behind creating slime, which might help during the mixing process, I have written about it in this U.V Glowing Slime post.
4. Adding the ‘snow’: This step is probably best performed by an adult. You will need to get your hands on some packing Styrofoam. Hopefully, if you are anything like me, you have some in the house in an old package or packed away with your craft supplies as a ‘might be useful someday’ supply. Use a fork to scratch and break up the Styrofoam into the recipe. Fold it in as you go until your frosty snow slime is the right consistency. You want it to be thick but not dry.
5. Make it cold: Place it in an air tight container in the fridge so that it’s nice and cool at playtime.
How to play with your Frosty Snow Slime
Make sure you have a smooth non-porous surface to play on (a plastic placemat or tray works fine). Let your child explore and experiment with the new material for a while. It is very therapeutic and calming just to play with it by itself.
The slime will feel cold and wet, which is confusing because it is not wet at all. As it gets played with it will smell like Christmas candy canes, because of the peppermint essence. It can be stretchy if they take it slowly apart, or it might break in half and crackle or pop as they squish and poke it.
Once they have had enough free play you can add some googly craft eyes, buttons, twigs, a pipe cleaner and some small containers. Then your child can make a snowman. The slime is firm enough that it can be molded into containers and tapped out. It will hold its shape for a moment and then slowly “melt”.
How will my child benefit from this activity?
There are many benefits of providing children with sensory play activities. Children learn through play and they learn through their senses. As they organise their world, and all the materials or objects they encounter, they are developing a deeper cognitive awareness of their sensory systems: auditory, olfactory, somatosensory, visual and gustatory.
Sensory play is therapeutic and calming. It has the gift of capturing a child’s focus and creativity, while giving them the opportunity to explore and play freely without pressure. Yet they are still learning and challenging what they know about the world.
This Christmas themed sensory play activity engages all the senses besides the gustatory system. Obviously, it is not an edible slime, even though it smells nearly good enough to eat, so please always supervise children during the mixing process and as they play.
After you have finished playing, store the slime in an air tight container or jar. You might even like to make it with your children as a gift for their friends.
For sensory fun you can eat, why not try this Christmassy Fruit Salad.
I hope you enjoyed this frosty, fake snow slime recipe as much as we did. Have fun and happy, play-filled holidays.