How to Make Expanding Snow Powder

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Things You'll Need

  • Polymer gel powder or sodium polyacrylate (water crystals)
  • Measuring cup
  • Plastic bowl or tray
  • Disposable diapers (optional)

You can effectively create expanding snow powder for children to play with by using a polymer gel powder or sodium polyacrylate. The snow powder can be piled on Christmas tree branches and is useful as fake snow around a Christmas village collection. Making fake snow that expands is also an interesting way to teach children about science and the absorption abilities of different materials.

Place 1 ounce of the polymer gel powder or sodium polyacrylate into a plastic bowl or tray.

Slowly add approximately 10 ounces of cool or room-temperature water to the powder.


Stir the mixture until the powder expands and gets a fluffy consistency.


Add more water for a slushier snow consistency.


  • Sodium polyacrylate is sold at garden centers or home supply stores. You can also use the powder found inside a disposable diaper to make expanding snow. Rip open the diaper, put the powder in a bowl, and add water to the powder.


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