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Magical Foaming Snowman: A Fun and Educational DIY Activity for Kids

Magical Foaming Snowman: A Fun and Educational DIY Activity for Kids


Embrace the magic of winter and science with our Magic Foaming Snowman activity! It's perfect for those chilly days when playing outside isn't an option, and it brings a bit of snowy fun right into your home. This activity is not just about creating a snowman; it's about watching it transform into a mound of icy foam!

Materials and Ingredients

To start your frosty adventure, gather the following:

  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Soap (Washing Up Liquid)
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Waterproof accessories (like brads, foam pieces, twigs)

Preparing the Accessories

Before we dive into the foaming dough, let's get creative with our snowman's accessories. Anything waterproof works great. Here’s how we did ours:

  • Eyes: Black brads.
  • Nose: A 3D carrot made from orange foam, glued together.
  • Hat: Black foam pieces, hot glued to form a top hat.
  • Arms: Skinny twigs from outside.

Making the Foaming Dough

  1. Mixing the Base: In a bowl, mix two cups of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of salt. This is a great task for little hands!
  2. Adding the Soap: Mix in 1 teaspoon of dish soap until well combined. The mixture should be crumbly.
  3. Adding Water: Pour in 8 tablespoons of water. Add more water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough can form and hold a ball. It’ll be smooshy and crumbly – different from playdough.

Crafting Your Snowman

Now, shape your dough into a snowman, and decorate it with the accessories you've prepared.

The Magical Transformation

Once your snowman is ready, it's time for the magic! Pour a generous amount of vinegar over it. For the best foamy effect, use a squeezy bottle or pour quickly from a cup. Watch as your snowman erupts into a mountain of foam!

Adding Color

If you want a colored snowman, mix food coloring or liquid watercolors with the baking soda in the first step.

Safety and Supervision

While we find this activity safe for our children, it's important for you as parents or guardians to decide what’s safe for your family. Always supervise closely, especially with ingredients that could be harmful if ingested. Consult your child’s pediatrician if you have any safety concerns.


Our Magic Foaming Snowman is more than just a fun activity; it’s a doorway to learning basic science principles in a playful environment. We'd love to see your foamy snowmen and hear about your experience! Share your photos and stories in the comments.

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  • Danielle Lasit