Do you love cloud dough already? Me too! It’s so soft and silky and yet can be moulded loosely into shapes. Best of all, it can be made form just 2 ingredients! So now that it’s winter time I wanted to have a go at making some SNOW dough instead, based on the same simple recipe. And it’s SO easy, bright white and even crunches between your fingers like snow! We experimented and it worked!
Recipe for Snow Dough:
2 cups corn flour (corn starch in US)
1/3 to 1/2 of a cup vegetable oil
3-4 tablespoons silver glitter
[You can also use baby oil, which makes it smell and feel even nicer, but do NOT use with under 3s or any child who may put it in their mouth as it is dangerous if ingested. We stick to vegetable oil just incase!]
This recipe does not create a huge amount of snow dough, just enough to cover the base of a washing up bowl by about 2 inches. If you want more for a larger scale sensory tub, then increase the quantities accordingly.
Tip: This can get messy if played indoors, so use a large drop cloth or old table cloth under the tub to make cleaning up easier!
What they are learning as they play:
Sensory: exploring through sensory investigation, learning new descriptive language
Literacy: story telling, vocabulary development
Science/ Knowledge & Understanding of the World: combining materials, recipes, geography and habitats
Creativity: imaginative play, forming sculptures
Maths: counting out measurements
Bean: 9 mos
Cloud Dough Seaside Play
Pink Cloud Dough Cup Cakes
Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest says
Oooohhh I LOVE this! I’m excited to use this in a winter small world for my son.
Fun for kids and adults. Thanks for sharing.
Cathie @ toddlersthroughpreschool.com
Oh My Gosh!!! You are genius, my friend! Pinning and sharing right now!!! Ohhhhh, and you KNOW i’m gonna make a batch of this!
Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum says
Ohh wonderful – ours was snow dough last year but mucky snow. Will have to try this with corn flour after Christmas 🙂
Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories says
We love cloud dough. Now I have to add glitter and make snow dough!
Kim Curic says
omg. this is so perfect for a quick holiday play
The Morris Family says
We just made this up today and my boys loved it! The most calm evening we have had in a long time 🙂 Do I need to store this in an air-tight container or will it be ok to leave it out?
Love it! We love cloud dough. Great twist on a cherished favorite.
Looks gloriously fun and even better than real snow!
Becca Lee says
Just found this today via Pinterest… I have a sister-in-law with a special needs son (loves sensory play) who moved to Arizona. He misses the snow like crazy! I’m thinking of whipping up a batch and mailing it. Will it hold up, do you think?
Should in an air tight contianer, I would think.
Oooh, I found you via Tuesday Tots, and I love this! Looking forward to trying snow dough with my kids!
That’s fantastic. We have a lot of Winter-themed Lego and put it all out on the sideboard at Christmas – this’ll be perfect to sit it on (with a big plastic sheet covering the sideboard first!).
Thank you 🙂
Wow it looks lovely and real.
Electronic Cigarette UK says
True it looks real.
We just made this with fantastic results!! We used a big blue tray and mixed blue and silver glitter, we found some pinecones and the kids spent ages crumbling the snow over them after a long lovely play doing other things. Absolutely glorious to play with!
How does Bean do with the snow dough? I have a 10 month old and would love to let him play with this! (For me too! Ha)
The Malmborgs says
Looks so fun – will be making with my son’s first grade class. Have you tried leaving creations out to dry? Does the oil harden or does it stay crumbly?
I can’t wait to do this with my nursery class on Monday!!! If I times the ingredients by 4 do you think it’ll fill the bottom of a builders tray?
Take care. We tried this at our group in a village hall. It went every where leaving greasy footprints all over the floor. It builds up on children’s shoes and gets very slippery. I will try it again at home where I have more control on the children and the snow dough.
Payday Loan says
This is one great idea! Sadly i just saw this now after christmas and new year. Will do this for next Christmas.
after builders cleaning London says
GREAT idea, especially for those of us who rarely experience snow!
Great Idea!! My 3 year old is obsessed with snow…but we live in FL 🙁 I just made this for him and he is in heaven playing away in the snow!
Very fun & works without the glitter…although I bet it’s prettier with.
Laser Fungal Nail Treatment says
Snow Dough is the perfect activity for kids to do on a snow day.
Deb Chitwood says
What a wonderful idea, Anna! It’s such a great sensory experience, and I love the addition of animal habitats. I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-Inspired Winter Playdough Activities at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/01/14/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-winter-playdough-activities/
Sara Ballard says
We have been playing with different types of “snow” and your recipe was one of the types we compared.
I just found your site and I’m in heaven!
I have been experimenting with play dough recipes again recently for the children I nanny for. Ive never met a kid who doesn’t love all of the wonderful things you can do with play dough. And now I have so many more ideas thanks to your blog.
Thanks so much for sharing!
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Surely kids will love this 🙂
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Oh love this my daughter and son are going to make some at the weekend.