Make Your Own Easy DIY Snow: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

January 14, 2014

Make your own Easy DIY Snow and FREE printables from

Week at a Glance:

  • Winter, Snow, Snow, Snow
  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: I Am Small by Emma Dodd
  • Mixed Media Silver Snow Scenes by Children
  • DIY Snow Sensory Activity
  • The Months of the Year FREE printable book


Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:

Why we love this book:

When I first read this sweet book, I immediately wanted to snuggle, fluffy little penguin as well as my own little kiddos. The back of the book includes a quote about author Emma Dodd’s inspiration, “Whenever Emma is feeling small, just thinking about her family and how much they love each other makes her feel ten feet tall.” This is a message children need to hear.

Regardless of how big, exciting, adventurous and perhaps overwhelming the world may seem to little penguin, her parents are always there to love her. Through the simple and yet descriptive text little penguin  expresses herself, “I am small. But you are BIG and you are KIND. When I’m with you, I do not mind.” This is a message I want to send to my little penguins!

Wanting to teach a lesson on descriptive language? This is the book for you. Page after page is laced with descriptive words that help writers think outside of the box. Not flowery or complex but rather straight forward and precise language.

Mixed Media Silvery, Snowy, Winter Scenes

I Am Small by Emma Doss

Good Children’s Literature is Inspiring!

Inspired by Emma Dodd’s mixed media illustrations, the children created their own silvery, snowy scenes. We gathered up a few materials and dived into a silvery world of exploration.


  • black construction paper
  • silver metallic Sharpie
  • oil pastels
  • soft pastels

Winter Mixed Media Scenes by Children

Step 1: Explore and Doodle!

  • This was the children’s first time to draw with a silver Sharpie.
  • To get a feel for the silver metallic pen, they had a little fun doodling on the back of their paper.
  • They fell in L-O-V-E with the “cool” silver pen.

Winter Mixed Media Scenes by Children

Step 2: Draw a Silvery, Winter Scene

  • The children used the silver metallic Sharpie to draw a snowy, winter scene.

Winter Mixed Media Scenes by Children

Mixed Media Winter Scene, Miss Enigma, age 7

Step 3: Fill in Winter Scene with Color

  • The kiddos used oil pastels to color in their winter scenes.
  • Oil pastels show up nicely on black construction paper.

Winter Mixed Media Scenes by Children

Mixed Media Winter Scene, MacGyver, age 10

Featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

How to Make DIY Snow

We rarely get to enjoy snow here in the South Texas Hill Country. So what is a mother to do?

I was intrigued, when I ran across a recipe for snow on pinterest from I thought, what the heck we need to give this a try . . . it worked . . .

How to Make DIY Snow


  • baking soda, large box
  • shaving cream, full can

How to Make DIY Snow

In a large bowl, mix the baking soda and shaving cream.

  • I gave each kiddo a large bowl.
  • I divided the baking soda between the two bowls.
  • The kiddos slowly mixed the half box of baking soda with about half a can of shaving cream.
  • Just for fun, they mixed with their hands. Kids like to messy!
  • After a little fun, we switched to large spatulas. That worked great.

How to Make DIY Snow

Keep adding shaving cream until you get the right texture.

  • Amazingly, the snow turns out LIGHT, FLUFFY and COLD.
  • What more could you want from snow?

How to Make DIY Snow

The kiddos made SNOWBALLS!


How to Make DIY Snow

The kiddos made SNOWMEN!


How to Make DIY Snow

Then they poured the snow out onto trays and made SNOW MOUNTAINS, SNOW CAVES, SNOW TRACKS . . .

They had a joyous afternoon playing in the SNOW! What a rare treat!

Let it Snow Cookies!

Simple Decorated Snowflake Cookies

Super Simple Decorated Snowflake Cookies

 The Months of the Year

FREE printable book

The Months of the Year FREE printable book

The Months of the Year

To kick off the New Year, Miss Enigma began working on a book about the months of the year. This is a simple book to help her learn how to write the months of the year and to add a few new simple words to her core of familiar words.

As part of our year long Geography study, we have learned about how the earth orbits around the sun. I am revisiting this concept as Miss Enigma illustrates each month of her book. We recite the months of the year as we orbit our globe around the sun.

Print this book FREE: The Months of the Year (bold text)

Print this book FREE: The Months of the Year (dotted text for tracing)

The Months of the Year FREE printable book

January is for Snow

  • We only illustrate one month a day.
  • For each month we brainstorm words and activities that describe the month.
  • Miss Enigma traces the words on the pages of her little book. (She likes tracing)
  • You cannot see it in the picture but when Miss Enigma gets stuck writing a tricky word we use interactive writing.
  • She writes with a marker and I write with a highlighter. When she can’t hear a sound, I write it in with a highlighter. Then she traces with her marker.

The Months of the Year FREE printable book

February is for Hearts

  • In the words of the Beatles, “All you need is love.”
  • Miss Enigma is big into family, friends and love.
  • The silver metallic Sharpie has become a big hit!

Bird Collage Art by Kids

Looking for more winter activities, art and FREE printables?

I Am Small by Emma Dodd

We’re GIVING AWAY one hard cover copy of  I Am Small by Emma Dodd 

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Are you experiencing REAL SNOW or do you need a good DIY recipe for SNOW? I’ve never lived with REAL SNOW, tell me all about it.  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, January 19, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, January 20, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H January 14, 2014 at 10:23 pm

We live in GA so when it does snow, it’s usually really icy. My boys would love making that DIY snow! We’d have to do it outside because I have a feeling they would throw it at each other! :)

Storey Chaisson January 15, 2014 at 2:29 am

I have also never experienced real snow, but it has been at the top of my bucket list ever since i was very young. i saw a picture of some children building a huge snowman in there yard with everything around them completely white and the most beautiful snow covered mountains covering the background of the photo. Number 2 on my list happens to go right along with it, being to go snowing and snow sledding . so now that i have a daughter of my own to share the adventure with me, i have booked a family vacation to Colorado next winter. but until then, me and my daughter will for sure be using this recipe until then to get some snowman building practice in! (:

elizabeth708 January 15, 2014 at 4:03 am

It’s funny…you guys want snow and we can’t wait to rid of it! Thinking about Spring and Summer up here in the deep freeze! :)

jessica January 15, 2014 at 5:47 am

our children want snow to play in! we live near the ocean so we don’t see too much snow. this will be a fun way to pretend!

Jeannine January 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

Tara, the kiddos tried to be “neat” but of course the snow got all over the table, chairs and floor. But it was super easy to sweep up with a little dustpan. The kids even cleaned it up themselves. Now, the throwing . . . I can’t help you with that!

Storey, When I was a child we vacationed in Colorado every summer. It was a blast playing on the snow (yes, there was still snow up in the mountains during the summer). What a fun experience you daughter will have next winter.

Elizabeth, the kiddos want the snow! I like the sunshine just fine.

Natalie @AfterschoolForSmartyPants January 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Great post! We don’t get snow here in Silicon Valley, but I am very intrigued by your recipe! Will certainly try it here soon! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

chris January 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I always love your ideas. So much fun.

Jeannine January 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Have a-go Natalie. This easy snow is a totally fun after school activity.

maryanne @ mama smiles January 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm

No real snow where we live now, so we may have to give your recipe a try!

Anna@The Measured Mom January 20, 2014 at 1:03 am

We have plenty of real snow right now, but I love your recipe! I featured it at the After School Linky today.

Jeannine January 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Anna, thanks for sharing our easy little snow recipe.
I know those with endless snow are ready for some South Texas Sunshine!

Melissa November 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm

What size can is the shaving cream? Thanks!

Jeannine November 8, 2014 at 7:09 am

Standard size shaving cream, about 11 oz. Have fun!

Tara December 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

Curious about the DIY snow…

How long does it “last”? We’re having a party from 5-9 and I’d like to make it at 4 and hopefully let it last all night long.



Jeannine December 7, 2015 at 11:06 am

Tara, sorry for my delayed response. Life has been a bit unexpected around here! The snow will definitely last all night! My kiddos played with it for days.

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