It was a very snowy day here, coming down continuously most of the late morning, afternoon and early evening. I decided to set up some fun snowflake activities for easy indoor play, including this snowflake sensory bin. Simple and quick ideas to enjoy all winter long!
Snowflake Sensory Play For Kids
Magical Snowflake Play
Want to learn how snowflakes are formed? In winter, the air can get very cold — and it will get chillier the higher you go above the ground. A snowflake begins to form when an extremely cold water droplet freezes onto a pollen or dust particle in the sky.
This creates an ice crystal. As the ice crystal falls to the ground, water vapor freezes onto the primary crystal, building new crystals – the six arms of the snowflake.
The beautiful six-sided structure of snowflakes comes from the hexagonal lattice structure of ice. When water freezes, the molecules connect together and always form hexagons. As more molecules are added, they form branches on each of the six sides.
Learn more about snowflakes with these fun snowflakes videos!
Snowflake Sensory Bin
- Large plastic bin or container
- Fake snow (Make your own with our fake snow recipe)
- Plastic and/or paper snowflakes
- Optional – snowflake glitter, sequins, buttons etc.
- Tools for play – tweezers, funnel, sieve, plastic trowel, jars etc.
How To Set Up Snowflake Sensory Bin
STEP 1. Fill your bin with the filler.
I also used a piece of snowflake printed scrap-book paper underneath it all.
STEP 2. Mix through some of the snowflakes and sprinkle the rest on top.
I added two mason jars to fill and dump with as well and a soft snowflake ornament. I showed him the coffee filter snowflakes I was hoping to show him how to make and he told me I should put them in the bin too!
You might ask, what did he do the rest of the day? His own sensory play!
More Fun Snowflake Ideas
Snowflake sensory play for a no-school day!
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