Making fake snow is a festive holiday sensory activity perfect for autism behavior support that can engage kids and adults! This activity provides tactile stimulation and encourages creativity. Let’s dive into the details of creating your own winter wonderland with just baking soda and water!  

Benefits of Fake Snow Sensory Play: 

  • Manipulating the fake snow provides sensory input, which can be calming and enjoyable for children with autism. 
  • Kids can express their creativity by shaping snowballs, building snowmen, and designing snow scenes. 
  • Rolling, molding, and shaping the snow help develop fine motor skills. 

Materials Needed: 

  • Baking soda 
  • Water 
  • Large tray (a cookie sheet works well) 
  • Play accessories (cookie cutters, plastic snowflakes, pinecones, etc.) 


  • Start by pouring equal amounts of baking soda and water onto the tray or into a bowl. You can use any measurement you prefer, such as 1 cup or the whole box—it’s up to you!  NOTE: Add water slowly to avoid making the mixture too runny. If it becomes too watery, simply add a bit more baking soda to balance it out. 
  • Mix the baking soda and water until you achieve a moldable consistency. The goal is to create fake snow that looks and feels like the real thing. 
  • Keep adjusting until you can easily mold the “snow” into a snowball in your hand. It should feel light and fluffy. 
  • For an extra touch of realism, place the tray of fake snow in the fridge for a short time. This will make the snow feel cold when touched. 
  • Now you’re ready to build snowmen, snowballs, or even your own miniature winter wonderland! Use cookie cutters or plastic snowflakes to enhance the play experience. 

Your homemade fake snow will last about 7 to 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) if stored in an airtight container. Over time, it may absorb moisture from the air and change consistency, but it’s easy to whip up a fresh batch whenever you want to play! Enjoy your autism sensory friendly winter adventure!  

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