We have had a few good snowfalls here in the nation’s capital of Canada so it officially looks and feels like WINTER. The first month of snow is always kind of nice…until it lasts for another 4-5 months! But this morning was one of those perfect snowy days… snow softly falling, no wind, not too cold; a great day to be outside. After lots of running around outside, sliding on the sleds, and making snow-angels, I was inspired to make this wintery-white play dough. Add some animals and some loose parts and you have a great activity that promotes fine motor skills, creativity, problem solving, numeracy, language, as well as personal and social skills.
This was the perfect activity after coming in from outside time. We made little houses for the animals which lead to lots of pretend play. We even played a game where we matched the footprints to the right animals.
This recipe is so easy and works every single time. The play dough is silky-smooth and if stored in an air-tight container, it also lasts MONTHS! you will need to cook the play dough with this recipe, but trust me, it’s so worth it! So grab yourself a little helper and get started.
Here’s what you need:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 TBSP cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 TBSP veg oil
Glycerin (a few drops to add shine)
Mix everything except the glycerin together in a bowl, making sure to break up any clumps. It should be the consistency of cake batter or pancake batter. This is where you could add colour if you wish, we chose to leave it white.
Next, transfer the mixture to a pan on the stove and set it to low/med. Keep moving it around and you will begin to notice that the dough it getting a bit more firm and cooking. it will start to look like a bit of a gooey mess, but just flatten it all out and then flip it over trying to get it all cooked. When it’s done, put the dough on the counter to cool. When it’s cool enough, knead the dough, this is when I added the glycerin. It gives the play dough such a lovely shine and makes it silky-smooth.
I added a few loose parts (jewels from the dollar store), some arctic animals (Safari brand from Michael’s stores in Canada), snowflake cookie cutters (Ikea), and our play dough tools (Melissa and Doug).