Peppermint Coconut Snow is a wee sensory activity that Izzy and I have done at Christmas for the last 3 years. I remember the very first year, it took me the entire month of December to get her hands in the tray and now it’s something she pops on the calendar and waits for.- it’s a bit of a Christmas tradition for us now.
We use coconut all the time for sensory activities because it’s so fun to play with but this particular version is something that only comes out at Christmas.
The cool thing about Peppermint Coconut Snow is we can use it to tap into all 5 senses! We’ve got the crunchy texture we can touch and feel, the smell of both the coconut and peppermint, its coloured red and white and while I wouldn’t advise eating it after having your hands all through it, it’s completely taste safe for those kiddos who are still prone to putting things in their mouths.
If you’re running short on time or want to have something prepared for later in the week, you can make this way in advance! Just whip up a batch and store it in an airtight container. Providing it doesn’t get dirty or comes into contact with moisture, you can store it after each play session. My rule of thumb is, the moment it smells funky or starts growing things is when you need to throw it out- ours generally lasts us the entire month of December.
Aside from waiting for it to dry, it’s such a super quick and easy sensory activity to whip up and it will give the kiddos hours of fun! Soz about the mess though.
What you’ll need
– shredded coconut, as much as you’d like
– peppermint extract
– red food colouring
– baking paper
– gloves, optional
– a tray, bin or bowl for playing
if you’re making a dig and find
– bits and bobs to hide under the coconut such as pom poms, Christmas themed stickers, small bells, toys etc
What to do
– If you’re using them, whack a glove or two on and pop your shredded coconut in a bowl.
– Add a few drops of peppermint extract followed by some red food colouring and give it a good mix together until you’ve got colour throughout your coconut.
– Grab a sheet of baking paper and pop it on the bench or a large chopping board. Pour out your coconut and spread it out. Leave it to dry for a few hours. This just ensures the food colouring is nice and dry and it won’t transfer to hands or clothes!
– When you’re ready to play, pour it into a tray, bin, bowl or whatever your using and let the kids loose!
If you’re making Peppermint Coconut Snow in advance, be sure to pop it in an airtight container.
There are a few different ways you can use your Peppermint Coconut Snow
– Just let them get their hands in there!
– Add spoons, scoops and cups from the kitchen and the kids can scoop and tip.
– Hide things on the bottom of your tray/bin/bowl, cover with coconut and let them find all of the hidden objects
– Use it to tell stories!
Izzy’s favourite thing to do is to add random things to the mix and come up with own stories. This first one for this year (because there will be many more to come!) was all about how a volcanic eruptions wiped out animals.