How to Make Snow Gems

My kids are dying for some snow this Winter!  Unfortunately we haven't gotten any of the real stuff, so I have been creating snow play recipes for them.  These snow gems were easy to make, and my girls have had so much fun with them!  If your kids are wanting some snow fun this simple recipe should do the trick!
How to Make
Snow Gems
HOW TO MAKE SNOW GEMS- a fun kids project for Winter!

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Have your kids ever explored with water gems?  If you are unfamiliar they are water-filled polymers that can be found in the floral section of stores like Walmart and Michaels.  They can also be found online here.  They are really tiny and hard until they are soaked in water.  As they are soaked the water transforms the tiny pellets into amazing water-filled gems!  Today, we experimented a bit and transformed those gems into snow gems!  The results were so fun! 

Snow Gems Materials 
           Irridescent glitter
           Peppermint extract
                      Giant water beads

Method
  • Take the clear water beads and soak them in white water.  To make the white water simply add several drops of white paint into a large bowl of very warm water and stir.  Make sure you use enough water to submerge the beads and add more water as the beads grow.  Optional: add a few drops of peppermint extract to the water to give the beads a Wintry scent
HOW TO MAKE SNOW GEMS- a fun kids project for Winter!

Once the water beads were fully grown I placed them in the fridge overnight.  The next morning the girls delighted in playing with the squishy, cold gems!  They felt so fabulously fun!  

HOW TO MAKE SNOW GEMS- a fun kids project for Winter!

Handling these gems had a similar sensation to handling melting snow.  As play ensued I added lots of iridescent glitter as well as cars, trucks, and scoopers to the sensory bin, and that made things even more fun.  

Once the girls were done playing for the day I took the gems and placed them in the freezer.  Hours later we had frozen snow gems!

HOW TO MAKE SNOW GEMS- a fun kids project for Winter!

These frozen gems were such a fun sensory material!  They were icy-cold and slowly melted and transformed during play.  When we first took the gems from the freezer most of them were frozen together

HOW TO MAKE SNOW GEMS- a fun kids project for Winter!

As Rosie and Jewel played the gems melted and went through many fabulous texture changes

HOW TO MAKE SNOW GEMS- a fun kids project for Winter!

HOW TO MAKE SNOW GEMS- a fun kids project for Winter!

Rosie and Jewel had lots of fun playing and exploring with the snow themed water gems!  After play the gems can be stored in a zip-seal bag in the freezer to until they are ready to be played with again.

A Few Tips:  It will take roughly 4 hours for the water beads to expand to their full size.  If you are unfamiliar with water beads you can read more about them here.  Please do not give water beads to small children who may be tempted to eat them.  Always closely supervise young children.
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