Fluffy Snow Floam Preschool Arctic Animal Activity
We have a little tradition at our house where every Wednesday night the kids get ready for bed about an hour early.
Nice tradition, right?
Ok, there’s more than that. The tradition is that we watch the show “Nature” on PBS.
My kids look forward to this all week, and if for some reason we miss “Nature” or it doesn’t air, my kids slump in disappointment and their lower lips hang out far enough that someone is going to trip.
Now, we have watched too many episodes of “Nature” to keep count, and of course some of them stick with us more than others, but there is one episode we will never forget.
The episode of the arctic fox hunting.
I’m sure it was more about how arctic animals survive in such extreme conditions, but my boys remember the arctic fox best.
Studying arctic animals in preschool is too much fun. When you have a slime avalanche preschool arctic animal activity after watching a few video clips, you’ll be golden.
Go ahead and pin this post, because you’ll keep coming back to it every year.
Slime Avalanche Fluffy Snow Floam Recipe
Just wait until you see the photos below!
Ingredients and Materials
How to Make Fluffy Snow Floam
- Mix 1/2 cup of liquid school glue with 1/2 cup warm water. Mix well.
- Add in a baggie to foam beads. We used about two full cups! But you can do even more or a little less.
- Add some shaving cream. We didn’t actually measure this. I kinda’ just sprayed the shaving cream until I got tired of doing so.
- Mix well.
- Finally, mix in 1/2 liquid starch, slowly, and stirring while pouring if possible.
- Mix everything well and if needed, use your hands to knead the ingredients until the slime pulls together.
Note: if you find your slime is too sticky, knead it for a few minutes. If after a few minutes it is still too sticky, add a little more liquid starch, just a teaspoonful at as time and knead some more until the slime is to your liking.
Finally, place the fluffy snow slime on a tray or sensory table and add some arctic animal toys and let the avalanche fun begin!
Preschool Arctic Animals Activity with Fluffy Snow Floam
It took no time at all for my boys to dive into the floam! No time at all!
Sometimes activities like this can be difficult because of the mess, but just prep the area a little bit. You can lay down a tarp or plastic shower curtain to protect the floor. Although, while tedious, this slime does clean up easily.
But, do your preschool parents a favor and have your preschoolers wear smocks. I like these smocks that Velcro in the back the best.
The boys pulled and stretched the fluffy snow floam creating strands as long as themselves.
In fact, at one point, my kinder aged son attempted to climb onto the preschool table so he could hold the slime above his head and watch it drip down onto the floor.
But the best part of this Arctic activity was listening to the boys talk about the animals and share every little trivia tidbit they knew about them. Some of those facts came form clever picture books we’d read about arctic animals, and some of those facts they had picked up from all the “Nature” shows we watch.
- Some arctic animals survive the winter by hibernating in burrows under the snow. Other animals, like the male polar bear, do not hibernate.
- Some arctic animals like whales and walruses have thick layers of blubber to keep them warm.
- Arctic animals will eat more during the summer months so they can survive the winter better.
When the boys were all played out, we just pulled off the smocks and threw them in the washing machine. The arctic animals got soaked in a sink of hot water to dissolve the slime, and the rest of the clean up was a total breeze!
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction