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Magical Melting Snowman Winter Sensory Play

melting snowman

We have played with baking soda and vinegar before but never like this! This time we made baking soda playdough and shaped in into snowmen! I created the facial features and accessories with foam sheets and some twigs I grabbed from outside. My kids had a ball! Watching the snowman melt was awesome then they got to play in the cold, squishy mess after!

Magical Melting Snowman

  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Soap
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Pieces for snowman (hat, nose, eyes, arms)
In a bowl or other container, measure out two cups of baking soda and add 2 Tablespoons of salt.  Mix thoroughly.  Add 1 tsp dish soap and mix it into the dough.  The dough should look crumbly.  Next add 8 Tablespoons of water.  If your dough will form a ball, you’re all set.  If it’s still too dry and crumbly add water 1 Tablespoon at a time until you have a dough that molds into a ball.  It will not feel like standard playdough. It will look crumbly but when you squish it it will form a ball and stick together nicely. If yours is too runny add a little more baking soda. Too dry add a little more water or dish liquid.
Start by forming two balls. One needs to be smaller for the head. Stack them on top of each other in a pan or dish with sides to contain the mess. I used a pie dish.
Add your facial features and arms. I made the hats with foam sheets cut out and glued. We used tiny googly eyes. A carrot nose cut from a foam sheet and twigs for the arms.
Next pour the vinegar onto squeeze bottles. I used empty lotion bottles. Now let the kids pour the vinegar over the snowman slowly!
melting snowman
The snowman will start to bubble and fizz!
 melting snowman
Poor thing is almost all the way melted!
 melting snowman
When the snowman is completely melted pick out all of your pieces and let the kids squish and play in the mess! I let them play while I built them new snowmen to do it again!
melting snowman
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