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We are blessed to live in an area with a year-round temperate climate. I’m usually very appreciative of our mild, snow-free weather. But sometimes I think it’s a shame that my kids don’t get to experience the fun that can be had playing in the snow.
Since I can’t make it snow in our neighborhood, we decided to make some snow dough to engage in some wintery sensory play right in our own home. Snow dough is moldable and tons of fun, but beware that it leaves quite a mess!
Note: For more wintertime fun, see my Winter Activities for Kids page.
I mixed together a 22 oz bag of cornstarch with a 14 oz can of shaving cream to make a wonderful, silky, moldable snow dough for the kids to play with. I added some buttons, googly eyes, and craft sticks for making snowmen.
When the kids woke up from nap, this is what was awaiting them.
They were anxious to get their hands in the snow. My son quickly figured out that he could mold the snow into shapes with his hands.
Grandmum showed the kids how they could put one snowball on top of another to make the form of a snowman.
My daughter loved the idea and got to work on her snowman.
She used a section of an orange pipe cleaner to make a nose for her snowman.
With the addition of some button eyes, her snowman was complete!
After making a snowman, the kids just had fun with the snow. They found that the craft sticks were perfect for cutting open snowballs. Fortunately, Grandmum was a good sport and entertained many, many requests to provide snowballs for the kids to cut. 🙂
This activity was a lot of fun, but if you decide to try it, beware that it was very messy!
I laid a shower curtain on the floor to contain most of the mess, but the kitchen floor still needed a good cleaning when we were done. And the kids clothes went straight into the laundry when we finished. But when you are having this much fun, what’s a little mess from time to time, right? 🙂
More winter resources
More winter posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Winter printables pack
- Crystallized snowflakes
- Indoor snowball fight
- Puffy paint snowman craft
- Winter-themed learning and fun in preschool
- Snowflake crafts for kids
- Plastic bottle snowman craft
- Snowman do-a-dot printables