Frozen Snow Dough

Snow dough fake snow recipe

Today I have a fun sensory play experience for kids who need a tactile challenge, or just want some hands-on sensory play! This indoor snow is a fake snow recipe that is easy to make, but has TONS of developmental benefits. The pretend snow recipe is so easy (just 3 ingredients in this snow dough!) that kids can make it too. Let’s play!

There are so many benefits to playing with Sensory dough, and using sensory materials like play dough with add-ins is one of our favorite ways to play.  We love concocting play dough, salt dough, and sensory doughs of all kinds.  This pretend play activity has another theme, too: Frozen!

Sensory snow dough is fun for pretend play and indoor snow fun!


What is snow dough?  

Snow dough is any “fake snow” type of sensory material.  There are a lot of snow recipes out there.  We’ve made a different version of sensory snowy dough before, using shaving cream.  But, you could use a variety of materials to get a just-right fake snow material.

Pretend snow is a great way to encourage pretend play with a sensory twist when the weather is too cold to get outside to play in the real snow…or if you’re in an area without wintery cold or snow.    

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Frozen Snow Recipe

Frozen snow dough for sensory play using characters from Frozen

 

I have a couple of Frozen obsessed little girls.  So, when I told them we were making a Frozen themed activity, there were shouts of excitement.  (And a few rounds of “Let it Snowwwwww!”

3 ingredient snow dough recipe for sensory snow play


How to make Fake Snow for sensory Play:

 This is a seriously easy sensory recipe to put together.  I had the idea for this recipe when I thought of my sugar cookies.  To make the royal icing, I use my KitchenAid mixer and mix mix mix for a long time.  

This fake snow recipe calls for a just three ingredients:

  • 3 cups baby powder
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Easy snow dough recipe



To make the fake snow:

Slowly scoop or pour the baby powder into the mixing bowl.  Add the warm water one tablespoon at a time with the mixer running on it’s lowest setting.  Start stirring with your spoon to get the powder and water mixture started.

The powder will puff up in the air if you turn the mixer up too high, too quickly.  I draped a dish towel over the mixer because even on the lowest setting, the powder clouded up a bit.  

After all of the water is mixed in, add the two tablespoons of oil.  At this point, the mixture should be a crumbly texture.


Turn the mixer speed up to a medium speed and let the mixer run for 4-5 minutes.  You could definitely mix this dough by hand, but the mixer added more fluff to the sensory dough.

Make snow dough in a mixer or you could mix by hand.

And, we’re ready for some sensory play!

Snow dough recipe using baby powder and shaving cream

 

I poured the sensory material on a low tray and added glass gems, clear marbles, and blue glass gems to get it ready for the Frozen theme sensory play.    

tactile sensory play with fake snow and glass gems
Snow dough pretend play activity for kids



My girls got into the Frozen theme pretend play right away.

Indoor snow play idea with fake snow

  This dough is mold-able and you can form little snowballs or even build a snowman.  

Mold fake snow using this snow dough
This fake snow recipe is a fun indoor snow activity for kids
Build snow castles with fake indoor snow

  We built Elsa’s ice castle and decorated it with the gems.  

Indoor snow play with snow dough
Frozen snow activity with Elsa
Frozen snow pretend play activity



The two sisters that live in my house pulled out their Frozen figures sisters and had SO much fun playing Frozen.  The pretend play that happened in this small world was so much fun to watch!

Fake snow dough recipe and use glass gems for fine motor skills.
Winter indoor play idea for kids

  This pretend play snow was the perfect sensory play activity for when there’s a wintery blizzard outside.

Store snow dough in a plastic bag

  When we were finished with our pretend play, we packaged up the snow dough and delivered it to friends who are also huge Frozen fans.  Pass on the sensory play!  

Snow Sensory Bin

This fake snow is the perfect base for a snow sensory bin, with other themes, too. Use the cards and sight words in the Winter Fine Motor Kit, to challenge kids in scissor skills, reading, sight words, sequencing, storytelling, and visual perceptual skills. The Winter Fine Motor Kit has simple and complex shapes with all kinds of Winter themed images including mittens, arctic animals, penguins, snowflakes, and more. These shapes and words can be hidden in the fake snow sensory bin for kids to hide, find, and hide again.

To up the fine motor work further, add tongs, scoops, small bowls and bins, and more.

For more ways to work on scissor skills, along with all of the fine motor skills needed for scissor use and handwriting, try the Winter Fine Motor Kit. It’s loaded with cutting activities, lacing cards, coloring, clip activities, fine motor art, and fun ways to help children develop pre-writing hand strength, dexterity, and motor skills.

Use the fine motor activities, lacing cards, toothpick art, and crafts in the Winter Fine Motor Kit. It’s a 100 page packet with all winter themes, and you’ll find winter fun there!

winter fine motor kit
winter fine motor kit

More Indoor snow recipes

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

 
 

Cola Soda Pop Play Dough Recipe

Call it cola, soda, pop…what have you…we are playing with it!  This sensory dough is no-bake and very cool to play with.  


We are joining the the 12 months of sensory dough bloggers to bring you a No-Bake play dough recipe this month.  You can see TONS of fabulous ideas from these bloggers for all kinds of sensory doughs.  They’ve been mixing up dough for sensory fun all year long and you will definitely want to check them out.  


Now it’s true that we love mixing up play dough and creating all kinds of concoctions.  Crayon play dough, anyone?  This month, September brings you no-bake play dough in the sensory dough series and we were more than happy to join in on the fun!  We made Cola Play Dough!

cola soda pop no bake play dough recipe for sensory play

No bake play dough recipe:


We started with just a few ingredients.  This no-bake recipe is easy, I promise!  Flour, salt, cola.  And that’s it.

Measure out 1 1/4 cups flour.  Stir in 2 Tbsp salt.  Make a small well in the center of the flour mixture.  Pour in 1/2 cup soda.  Watch the bubbles.

Stir the mixture until the dough starts to pull together.  Then, plop the dough onto a counter or floured surface and knead, knead, knead.

This is such a fun sensory experience for the kids (and mom).  The scent of the soda really is noticeable while mixing the dough up.  

If your dough is too sticky, add a little more flour until it no longer sticks to your hands.

This dough will last a few weeks in a closed plastic container or plastic bag pouch.  You will need to add a bit more flour the longer it sits.  It seems to get stickier the longer it sits.  

We pulled out a few clear cups and straws to play with our soda pop dough.

Ahhhh, refreshing 😉

The straws were great for poking holes in the dough, too.  A great fine motor task!


Don’t you want to play?

Baking Soda Dough Snowman

baking soda dough snowmen

Today I have something fun to share: baking soda dough! We tried a baking soda dough recipe and used it to make snowman in a way to help kids strengthen fine motor skills and hand strength. If you’ve been a follower of this website for long, you know that we are big fans of play dough, salt dough, clay…any dough is tops in our house! It’s a great way to build fine motor skills with a fun sensory dough activity. We’ve tried a lot of different recipes for different doughs and have our favorites, definitely.  We wanted to make some snowmen one day and tried a new (to us) recipe…Baking Soda Dough!    

Baking soda dough and soda dough snowmen to help kids build fine motor skills.

Baking Soda Dough

Add this activity to your snowman crafts and activities line-up or if you are using snowman in a therapy theme. More snowman activities can be found here:

Snowman bilateral coordination activities– Our baking soda dough snowmen make a great addition to the snowman themed bilateral coordination activities shared in a previous post. Rolling, pinching, and manipulating baking soda dough supports bilateral coordination development.

Snowman Fine Motor Craft– Add the baking soda snowmen to a fine motor theme when it comes to using snowmen in helping kids develop skills.

Baking Soda Dough is the neatest stuff to play with.  This soda dough was soft and easy to mold into little snowmen.  Rolling the balls of dough with the hands is a powerful way to help kids develop hand strength.

In fact, kids can improve intrinsic hand strength using dough by rolling small pieces with their fingertips. The kids loved playing and creating with our soda dough.  It was easy to roll little snowmen bodies and  so we made a bunch!   

baking soda dough for kids to use to build fine motor skills

 We were inspired to make soda dough before Christmas when we made thumbprint reindeer ornaments for Christmas gifts to grandparents.  Jen over at Mama.Papa.Bubba. made these Baking Soda Clay Ornaments and we thought they were beyond adorable!  They made perfect little gifts from the kids. 

It was an easy recipe to follow and perfect for little hands to mold, roll, and smash!  

Use baking soda dough to help kids strengthen hands and fine motor skills.

We made these Soda Dough Snowmen one day when Little Nephew was over to play.  The toddlers were big fans of this dough!  They had so much fun making snowmen…we ended up making 12!

Kids can roll small balls of dough to develop fine motor skills using this baking soda dough activity.

  Pinching, rolling, stacking…this was great fine motor play here!  Working the dough uses the small muscles of the hand (the intrinsic muscles) that are so important for small motor activities like button management and endurance in coloring and handwriting. 

Baking soda dough is a great activity to help kids strengthen fine motor skills.

Once we had our family of snowmen, I put them on a cookie sheet and let them dry for two days.  At the end of two days, they were still a little soft, so I then threw them into the oven set at 150 degrees F.  I let them bake for about 2 hours and they seemed to be hardened up. 

If you make snowmen like ours, keep an eye on them in the oven.  It will probably take longer if you bake them from the onset.   

Our snowmen were hardened and ready for play and pretending. 

Want more ways to boost fine motor skills with a snowman theme or winter theme? The Winter Fine Motor Kit is on sale now!

winter fine motor kit

This print-and-go winter fine motor kit includes no-prep fine motor activities to help kids develop functional grasp, dexterity, strength, and endurance. Use fun, winter-themed, fine motor activities so you can help children develop strong fine motor skills in a digital world.

More than ever, kids need the tools to help them build essential fine motor skills so they develop strong and dexterous hands so they can learn, hold & write with a pencil, and play.

This 100 page no-prep packet includes everything you need to guide fine motor skills in face-to-face AND virtual learning. Includes winter themed activities for hand strength, pinch and grip, dexterity, eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, endurance, finger isolation, and more. 

Click here to grab the Winter Fine Motor Kit!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.