This new Snow Play Dough was a complete accident while I was experimenting with Ivory soap! Yes! Ivory soap. Have you ever tried microwaving it? If you haven’t you must try! And when you’re done microwaving it you might as well make this fun snow play dough!
How to Make Snow Play Dough
I went into this project thinking I’d made some sort of sensory snow that they could explore in their sensory bin. I definitely didn’t expect that it would become play dough! I am glad that it did though because I really love the way it turned out!
If you have never microwaved Ivory soap it is a fun experience in itself! All you have to do is un-peal a bar of Ivory soap and place it in the microwave for one minute. Make sure you and your children watch the soap as it grows in the microwave! After the first minute it most likely will not be done growing so add about 20 seconds at a time until it stops growing. Let it cool a bit and dump it into your bin.
For this project I microwaved three bars of Ivory soap. Once it cooled down I broke the soap into tiny pieces. Add three cups of corn starch and 1 cup of water. Mix everything together. Feel free to use a spoon at this point or you can use your hands but it will be sticky.
When everything starts to incorporate use your hands to knead the mixture until it becomes dough! When I got to this point the dough was just a bit too sticky so I added about a tablespoon of flour and kneaded the dough again. Once the dough is no longer super sticky add some fun glitter to give your snow play dough some sparkle! I added red, green and silver to make it Christmassy. Now your Snow Play Dough is ready to play with!
I set up the play dough in my kids’ sensory bin with some Christmas cookie cutters and green and red colored beads and buttons.
How They Played
We explored play dough a couple days earlier as you can see in Fun and Learning with Play Dough. So the kids were very familiar with the idea. I think they were a little surprised to see and feel that this snow play dough was different from the previous play doughs. The first thing they did was rub the top of it and feel the texture.
My two-year-old twins, SD and SN, experimented with pushing beads into the dough as well as pushing the cookie cutters into it. They pretty much ignored the buttons.
Their absolute favorite thing about play dough is if I roll the dough into small balls for them to play with. They are still learning to roll play dough balls themselves but they really enjoyed collecting and dumping the mini “snow balls” that I made.
SD spent a lot of time practicing rolling the pre-made dough balls. He did get a bit frustrated because he would put a little too much pressure on them making them oblong instead of ball shaped. This is something that he will get better with in time as he gains better fine and gross motor skills.
Eventually they both worked together to fill a container with all of the “snow balls”. I love watching them work together as a team.
Eventually I began to have some fun with the snow play dough. I made this fun little snow man that SN really admired.
I usually try to give them plenty of time to play and experiment on their own but they really love when I get involved in their play as well. When I start to explore their space and their materials not only do they learn new skills but we are able to spend quality time together and bond through play!
If you liked reading about Snow Play Dough made with Ivory Soap you should check out our other sensory play activities!
Also, if you are looking for other ways to play with play dough check out Fun and Learning with Play Dough.
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