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I'm super excited to share the activity we did this morning, it combines the best of science, art and sensory play in to one activity! We had so much fun painting, molding, and exploding this dough, I can't rave about it enough! We began with a simple recipe for faux snow, a two ingredient sensory dough, and added a little bit of chemical reaction magic to it!

Fizzy Snow Dough Painting, one activity that combines science, art and sensory play with only THREE common ingredients!Quite awhile ago, I stumbled across this erupting snow recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose and thought it would be fun to do when we got around to it. I'm glad we finally made the time, because it is so simple and awesome!

Snow Dough Recipe

  • 1 box baking soda
  • 1 can of shaving cream

Just dump and mix the two ingredients as you go, it doesn't take a full can of shaving cream, so when you reach the right consistency then go ahead and stop.

Fizzy Snow Dough Painting, one activity that combines science, art and sensory play with only THREE common ingredients!I added some colored vinegar to this activity so that the kids could paint. We flattened our dough in to a nice canvas and set to work exploring the fizzy paints!

Fizzy Snow Dough Painting, one activity that combines science, art and sensory play with only THREE common ingredients!It was a huge hit! They loved how their drops and splashes bubbled up in colorful eruptions. This was a great opportunity for me to work in color theory with them too. Gray is working on mastering the names of the colors, and Aurora is learning about primary and secondary colors.

Fizzy Snow Dough Painting, one activity that combines science, art and sensory play with only THREE common ingredients!

We talked about chemical reactions, how when two different reactants are combined they turn in to something new, and sometimes during this change cool things can happen. They can get hotter or colder, can change color, explode or fizz! I tried to keep the explanation as simple as possible, not easy when you're talking about serious science to a not-quite-four-year-old!

Fizzy Snow Dough Painting, one activity that combines science, art and sensory play with only THREE common ingredients!

Did I mention that this dough is great for molding? You could make a volcano, snow balls, or anything really! We made up some snow balls and then plunked them in to a beaker of vinegar!

Fizzy Snow Dough Painting, one activity that combines science, art and sensory play with only THREE common ingredients!Fizzy magic overload! They especially loved this! Eventually all of the contents were poured together and turned in to an artistic soup... I still think it looks pretty though!

Fizzy Snow Dough Painting, one activity that combines science, art and sensory play with only THREE common ingredients!They played with this for hours, when the top player of snow dough was all painted and fizzed out we scraped it off and decorated the layer underneath. This was definitely one of my favorite activities for longevity, both kids had to be pried away from the sensory bin when lunch time rolled around. I don't know about you, but that's my kind of activity!

For more sensational sensory ideas, check out my Pinterest board devoted to exploring the senses! Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Sensory & Small World Bins on Pinterest.

Brigette

from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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