Winter is in full swing, but there isn’t snow around us yet, but we really wanted to play with some to go along with this week’s winter theme with the Virtual Book Club for Kids. So we made our own play snow! The snow dough we make is white like snow and there are so many ways to play and learn with it.
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Make the Play Snow Dough:
I originally wanted to use the basic cloud dough recipe (flour and oil) to make this, but I wanted something a little whiter. We make bright white clay with cornstarch and baking soda, so I wanted to make something similar.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Add all ingredients into a bowl or zip-lock bag.
- Mix well, making sure the oil is well distributed. The should be crumbly but moldable.
You may also choose to add glitter or sequins to make is sparkle like real snow. I chose to skip the glitter this time, especially since Little Bro still puts things in his mouth.
Play and Learn with Snow Dough:
We used a white plastic bin to play with our snow dough in. I taped a black piece of paper on the bottom so we could see the bottom when making tracks and then we dumped the snow dough in and got to playing!
Ways to play with Snow Dough to along with The Snowy Day:
Here are some ideas to play with the snow. We had out book out during play for ideas.
- Pile the snow up to make a path for walking. Or use a toy truck as a snow plow to clear the way.
- Use fingers as feet to make tracks in the snow.
- Drag fingers in the snow to make tracks.
- Use a stick to write in the snow.
- Pile snow onto things (toy trees, animals, etc.) and give them a shake or smack to see if the snow falls off.
- Make snow balls.
- Make a snowman.
Free Play and Learning with Snow Dough:
Drawing with a stick:
Using a stick to write letters:
Building a snowman. This was a favorite!
More Books About Winter:
More Winter-Themed Activities:
Snowflake Swat Letter Learning Game – Preschool Powol Packets
Snowball Sight Words on a Sticky Table – Views From a Step Stool
Snowy Day Inspired Alphabet Writing Tray – School Time Snippets
Puffy Paint Melted Snowman – Messy Little Monster
Snow Tea Party – Teach Beside Me
Easy Colorful Paper Towel Snowflakes- Toddler Approved
Let’s Build Snowflake Designs- JDaniel4’s Mom
Why we salt the roads Science Investigation from Rainy Day Mum
The Snowy Day Book Related Pre-Writing Sensory Tray- Growing Book by Book
Coffee Filter Snow Flakes – Mama Smiles
Melting Snowball Estimations – My Storytime Corner
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