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Snow in the classroom?

DIY Indoor Snow (Recommended K-2)

Are you looking for simple and fun activities help keep students engaged as we approach the holidays? 

Check out our 2-ingredient indoor snow activity that is simple to make and is a perfect sensory activity for young students.  Sometimes when it’s too cold to play in the snow (or we don’t have any on the ground yet), we can bring it indoors, and this “snow” doesn’t even melt!


  • 3 cups of corn starch
  • 1 cup of conditioner (or lotion)


  1. Use your hands to mix the corn starch and conditioner (or lotion) in a large mixing container. If it’s too sticky, add more cornstarch. If it’s dry, add more conditioner (or lotion).
  2. The consistency shouldn’t be too sticky. You should be able to form little balls to make your own snow people!
  3. Once your snow is made you can play around with it how you’d like, you can make your own winter play scene, or make little snow people. 
  4. If you’d like to make some coloured snow, simply add a few drops of food colouring!

Educator tips:

  • Math, Geometry: Construct three-dimensional objects with snow!  You could even have students make snow people.  Ask your students to make miniature snowmen using the homemade snow. What shapes are used to make snow people? Have them make spheres and cylinders of different sizes, and stack them to make their own snow people. 
  • For an extension, pair the snowman activity with this printable booklet found on Teachers Pay Teachers. 
  • The Arts:  Demonstrate mixing of primary colours and identification of warm and cool colours with food colouring and a spray bottle (Visual Arts, Fundamental Concepts in Grade 1)
  • Fill a sensory bin or container with the snow and add scoopers or other kitchen tools for some simple exploration.

Fun Fact!  Did you know that cornstarch is derived from the corn grown on farms across Ontario?  It’s made up of the endosperm of the corn kernel, found at the center of a corn kernel.