Yes friends Snow!... Well, sort of... I mean it looks and feels like snow... ok, you got me... it's fake...
Recently at our local Children's Centre, they had some fake snow out on their sensory table - I had a look at the ingredients and when I saw polymer on the label, I figured that this fake snow was basically small versions of the water beads everyone is playing with around the blogosphere. Then I remembered when Vin was very little we had a visit from a cloth nappy advocate who ripped open a disposable nappy to show us what was inside of them. And that kind of got me thinking, but I wasn't ready to go tearing up my kiddo's pants in the name of science, until I saw this post from Teach Preschool that I decided to give it a go!
I actually had two nappies that had ripped at the seam as I was putting them on the kiddos (yes, I saved them, I don't know why) so I cut them open and scraped out the insides - it didn't look like much, but I wasn't planning on wasting any nappies so I figured we'd see how much we could have with just the bits I had collected. The kids poured in water and swirled it about with their hands, and the stuff actually grew and changed in texture as it absorbed the water (I have to say I was kind of planning on this being a playfail, but it really worked)
They kept addding more and more water till we had a tray full of fluffy soft snow...
After a while exploring I suggested they get some animals to play with thinking they would bring a polar bear or penguin... no we had a rubber duckie and a brass crocodile ornament!
We played with this in the morning, then again later that afternoon and again the following morning. Each time I added more water I was expecting to reach saturation point (as in when the nappy is so full it leaks all over your kiddo's pjs!) but it didn't seem to happen. I honestly could have kept my hands in the tray all day it felt so lovely!
p.s. if you don't have any real snow to play with either you should check out hands on : as we grow's 32 Snow Themed Activities (including our freezer 'snow' sensory tub)