After watching Frozen last weekend, we decided to make a shaving cream-based dough that looks like snow. I started making this a few years ago because whenever I got shaving cream out for play, my son would refuse because he doesn’t like the way the shaving cream feels. So I thought about what would make him get some of the sensory benefits, without the feeling of shaving cream, and decided adding cornstarch was the key (cornflour in the UK).
When you add enough cornstarch, the result is a texture that is soft, and way more moldable than shaving cream. And much less likely to stick to your fingers!
How to Make Snow Dough
- shaving cream
- washable liquid watercolors (affiliate link)
- container and (optional) spoon
Put the shaving cream into the container and then add the cornstarch while mixing, until it is a consistency you want to play with! I actually can’t stand the feeling of plain cornstarch on my fingers, which is why I included the optional spoon. It’s way better for play and learning to just dig your hands in and feel how the consistency changes with the added cornstarch. I just can’t do it, so if I’m making it with the kids, I use a spoon.
Then we stirred in the blue washable liquid watercolors (affiliate link) and glitter. We just added it until it we liked how it looked – probably about 1 1/2 teaspoons of liquid watercolor. We played a bit and then put it in the refrigerator so it was cool, and then brought it out again for even more fun.
Because of the blue color and glitter, we call this one “Elsa’s dough.” My son has already asked to “build a castle with Elsa’s dough” again. The dough does not actually lend itself to perfect castle building – but in his 3 year old mind, the clumps of glittery blue are the perfect castle!
Stop by and see what the other bloggers in the series made for their take on Snow Dough:
Experimenting with Snow Dough from Lemon Lime Adventures | How to Make Snow Dough (Taste Safe) from Powerful Mothering | Book-Inspired Snow Dough Sensory Play from Stir the Wonder | Snow Fairy Small World with Snow Sensory Dough from Still Playing School | Snow Dough Science from Raising Lifelong Learners |A Snowy Day Snow Dough Play from Natural Beach Living | Frozen Snow Dough from Sugar Aunts |Edible Snow Dough from Wildflower Ramblings | Vitamin E Snow Dough Recipe from FSPDT | Rubbery Marshmallow Play Dough from Therapy Fun Zone | Snow Dough & Outdoor Play from Peakle Pie | Music Inspired Snow Dough from Witty Hoots |Glittery Snow Dough from In The Playroom | Arctic Small World Snow Dough from Best Toys 4 Toddlers | Snow Dough Frozen Inspired Small World from Preschool Inspirations | Sparkly Taste Safe Snow Dough for Toddler & Preschool Sensory Play from Bare Feet on the Dashboard | Fizzy, Frozen Snow Dough from It’s A Long Story