We live on the California coast where it’s warm and we will never have a white Christmas, or any other day of snow fall. We can’t get away to travel to the snow, so what is a kid who is dying to play in a white winterland to do? My kids wanted it to snow, so my son came up with a solution and made his own DIY snow machine craft.
DIY Snow Machine
Enjoy this video of our home made snow machine:
DIY “Snow” Maker
How to make a snow machine:
- Shoe box
- Cotton balls
- packing tape
- First, cut holes in lid of shoe box, enough so cotton balls will stay in, but fall out when shaken.
- Tape the lid onto the box.
- Tape a small string, in a loop, to the bottom of the box (for hanging). You could instead poke small holes through and tie a loop as this holds better.
- Tape a long string, long enough to reach from ceiling to floor, to one side of the box. Again, you could poke holes and tie the string, instead, for a stronger hold.
- Fill box with cotton balls.
- Attach to ceiling with strong tape, we used packing tape.
- Gently pull the long string to rock and shake the box until the cotton balls fall down.
- Fill the box back up and do it again. And again. And again!
This activity brought hours of fun to my kids. Actually, days of fun! And was great exercise. They took turns dropping the “snow” onto each other, jumped, ran, and danced around the living room, threw the “snowballs” at each other and in the air… Such a great indoor activity for a rainy day and getting some wiggles out!
The only pain was having to get a step ladder and refill the box each time. There is probably a better way, maybe a long string on a pully to lower the box? And my carpet was a fuzzy white mess, cotton balls are not as easy to clean up as I previously thought. But it was worth it for the inventing process (again, my son came up with this on his own and improved upon after a few trials) and all the fun it brought!