If you love winter and snowmen, you’ll love this fun melted snowman goo activity perfect for preschoolers, toddlers, and kindergarten kiddos. Let the kids play in the melted snowman goo and have a fun, hands-on sensory experience they will remember all winter long. Goop is a great way to explore the science of states of matter and the kids will love the liquid/solid feel as they explore and play with their snowman.

Kids love exploring with goo (goop or oobleck, whatever name you want to use!). This melted snowman sensory activity is no different. Kids will love playing with their melted snowman while having a sensory exploration of states of matter.

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Materials for Melted Snowman Goo Sensory Activity:

  • Cornstarch
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pony Beads
  • Button
  • Small Sticks

This activity works best either with one large tray for all the kids to play in together, or with individual trays for each child. This activity is quite messy, so make sure the children are properly monitored while doing this activity or you will have snowman goo everywhere. Luckily, the cornstarch mixture cleans up easily and will not damage clothing.

Kids love exploring with goo (goop or oobleck, whatever name you want to use!). This melted snowman sensory activity is no different. Kids will love playing with their melted snowman while having a sensory exploration of states of matter.

Sprinkle a layer of corn starch onto the bottom of the tray. Add just enough water to make a non-Newtonian fluid, so that when you try to pick it up, the mixture freezes and hardens, but when you relax your hand, the mixture slides off your fingers like goo. There is a happy goo spot that you will find by playing around a little bit with it. The humidity of the room and time of year can also affect how much water to use, so you will need to experiment a little to get the right consistency.

Once the goo is made, sprinkle the top with snowman parts. We used beads for a mouth, buttons, sticks, googly eyes, and a felt nose.

Observe how the kids play with the goo. Some will make snowman faces and bodies, while others will be more interested in playing with the goo. Either way, kids will have a blast playing in the melted snowman goo. The activity makes a wonderful sensory activity for a winter afternoon when it’s too cold to go outside, or when you want another hands-on activity for winter to try.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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