If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I’m endlessly impressed my children’s science projects. I’ve made spaghetti bridges, paper water bombs, and bouncy eggs all by myself, without any children present, and had a fantastic time. For today’s new thing I was roping in a virtual helper in the form of my four-year-old nephew via FaceTime, so we could try and make a snowman together.
I was intrigued about making a snowman in 30C heat, but my nephew had a love of Frozen, and a really cool book with different projects in he wanted to try. Luckily, we didn’t need any real snow or ice for this snowman, just shaving foam and baking powder.
We basically mixed the two together until we could mould them into balls, and then put them in the fridge to set for an hour. As someone who likes making bread, the act of putting your hands into something soft and sticky doesn’t bother me at all, but my poor nephew really didn’t like it, and eventually gave up, passing the mix to my mum instead. So what turned out as a fun task for a toddler, ended up with two grown women making snowmen in July. This is such a weird year.
The smell of the shaving foam was so overpowering that I couldn’t leave it in my fridge, or my house, for too long. The smell stuck to everything and was so aggressively masculine that I thought my husband would probably think I was having an affair! I decided to cut the waiting time short and hurry this process along.
I gave him peppercorn eyes and mouth, a piece of pepper for his nose, and a little ribbon scarf to finish the look off. It looked like a snowman but smelled like a teenager’s bedroom, and swiftly went into the bin.
I thought this was something fun to do with my nephew but ended up making it out of obligation with my mum. Never mind, at least I can now say I’ve made a snowman in summer!