I found this great recipe for baking soda snow on Momma's Fun World. This stuff is mold-able just like the real stuff and is completely safe. It is made from two ingredients I already had handy- baking soda and conditioner- so that's always a win for me. And it keeps. Stick it in a tupperware container or, like we did, play with it in a baking dish that has a lid and pop the lid on it when you're through. A month later and it was still in great shape. The pictures show just a half-batch of the snow to give you an idea.
My 2 year old had such a great time making snowmen (Use twigs or pipecleaners for arms, choc. chips and pony beads for buttons and eyes) and playing treasure hunt in the snow with some buttons and "gems" we have hanging around. (Don't put anything in there you wouldn't want the finish to get "polished" off of- it is baking soda after all.) Both my 5 and 7 year old played with it when they got home from school and loved playing with it just as much. A lot of bang for little buck an little effort. I definitely recommend trying it!
What You Need (for a full batch; we only did a half.):
- 3c. baking soda
- 1/2 c. white conditioner (We used the Sauve Kids 3-1 because that's what we had on hand and it worked great.)
What You Do:
- Mix it up using a fork or your hands, adding more conditioner if necessary.
- You can pop it in a resealable container when you're done and use it over and over again, though you might have to add a little more conditioner to refreshen it.