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There are many ways to simulate snow. There is fake snow like you would throw against the side of a mountain for skiing. Then there is fake snow like you use to decorate a tree or your windows. There is fake snow that gently falls from the sky for your holiday pageant. Then there is fake snow for people who can't have real snow, but still want to make snowmen and snow angels and have snowball fights. That is the kind of snow that interests me.

You can make fake snow that is wet and cold, looks like snow, and acts a lot like snow, except it won't melt. All you need is sodium polyacrylate and water. What is sodium polyacrylate? Where can you get it? It's a non-toxic polymer. You can get it at any grocery store or any garden supply store. It is the white stuff inside of disposable diapers. It is sold as powder or granules for you to hydrate for growing plants or to add as a soil conditioner. The white powder makes the fluffiest snow. Granules make slushy snow.

Making and playing with fake snow is a great activity for people who miss the real thing. What you want to do is make up a batch and put it in the freezer. For snow angels, spread your snow on the kitchen floor (or you can use astroturf). Assume the angel-making position, and enjoy! You can sweep up snow, or even shovel it, if you're into that (I don't miss that part of winter). Snowballs work like real snowballs. You may want to just refrigerate the fake snow for that, since a snowball fight is different from an ice chunk fight. Make snow now or you can just buy it...

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Photo: Polymer snow looks a lot like real snow, except you don't need mittens or a coat. Rosie Greenway/Getty Images

Comments

February 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(1) jessica says:

i wont snow not pylogyrghm whatever that word is

September 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm
(2) OMS girl says:

Does this work like it says?
I was gunna use it for science fair!

December 5, 2009 at 11:06 am
(3) loren says:

i dont have polycrylate (crys) :(

February 17, 2010 at 11:56 am
(4) Raquel says:

This stuff is amazing, you can also get it out of a normal babies daiper by cutting one open (the daiper not the baby)and putting all the cotton into a platic bag, shake it and use the powder that is at the bottom. This does produce a more slushy snow, but it sure is fun to play with. ;)

January 3, 2011 at 10:27 am
(5) zendaya says:

i am doing a project for science can anyone help me with ideas for the snow display.

November 24, 2013 at 3:49 am
(6) D.R.Shah says:

I have tried making Fake Snow as described taking SPA and Water.
But this is not coming out from the Bowl as free fluffy snow as
shown in many videos?Do we have to add any other chemical also?

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