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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
For more wintertime fun, see my Winter Activities for Kids page and my Winter Activities Pinterest Board.
Looks like great fun. What were the amounts you used of each to creat that consistency? Thanks
I used an entire 22 oz bag of cornstarch and an entire 14 oz can of shaving cream. But feel free to adjust the amounts to your liking!
I wish all the kids had been here in Ireland this morning because it would’nt stop snowing and they would’ve loved it. We did a similar activity last week although there was no referance to snow but everyone did get covered in flour.
I’m sure they’d love to get messy again & try this one out, my only worry is that we’ve had snow & they do know the difference but I’m sure they’d enjoy it nevertheless
Looks like a ton of fun was had! Thanks for sharing this fun activity. 🙂
HOW FUN! What a cool idea and so easy to make. Okay I think this is being added to my list of things I have to do with my girls! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!
How long does it stay good for . can you store it for another time
I can’t say for sure, as I didn’t try to store it. Sorry!
Caroline -De tout et de rien-
Wow! This looks so much fun! I have never seen this kind of dough! We just received our new sensory table and I think I’ll make a big batch of this wonderful snow dough!
That looks like awesome fun momma! Good for you for not being afraid of a little messy fun 🙂
Thanks for linking up at Sharing Saturday.
Thanks for hosting Sharing Saturday. And what fun would childhood be if kids couldn’t get messy from time to time, right? 🙂
We have made something like this and love the fun mess! Thanks for sharing at Share it Saturday:)
Jessica @ Play Trains!
I really want to try this! I love the way the little trees look in the “snow.”
Looks like a lot of fun!! Thank you for linking up to the brand new Hearts for Home Blog Hop!
Heather @ Upside Down Homeschooling
MUCH better than real snow! 🙂
Thanks for linking up to the Hearts for Home blog hop! Blessings!!
Rachel @I Heart Crafty Things
Oooh, I love this as a snow sensory bin! I’ve never seen it used as “snow” and I think it’s so brilliant! Can’t wait to try it this way! Thank you for sharing it and linking up at the Best of Sensory Dough Link Party this month. I hope you will come back next month and participate with Cloud Dough! 🙂
This looks like great fun! I can wait to try this out with my little,I think she will love it!
We make slime at home regularly now,I think this will be a neat addition to our sensory crafting options