Fun Way for Arctic Play!
While exploring the arctic with the kids, for our Canada unit, we decided to make some arctic snow dough. Snow dough is all over Pinterest, as are other types of doughs and slimes, so we found a basic recipe and decided to add glitter to ours. Glitter is not necessary but does add a little something to it!
You’ll need some cornstarch or corn flour (UK), baby oil, and silver or white glitter.
The baby oil will help this smell amazing, however, if you think your little one will put this in their mouth, use vegetable oil, baby oil should not be ingested. I would also omit the glitter if your child is small. Cornstarch and vegetable oil is completely safe to consume, should some get in your little one’s mouth, glitter and baby oil, not so much!
A batch would consist of the following…
2 cups cornstarch, 1/3-1/2 cups oil, and 3-4 Tbsp of glitter. Mix together, start with the 3rd cup and if you don’t like the feel, add some more. If you want more glitter, go for it! You could also double this to make more and even add some coloring to make blue snow dough for water.
I layed out a cookie sheet, put on a piece of wax paper, and poured the dough onto that while they played, however, a plastic bin or almost anything would work for the playtime. To finish off the arctic play I made sure I had some arctic figures on hand. As we were studying Canada, I made sure to only include figures from the Northern region, however, you could include penguins and much more.
This stuff is fun! I love playing with it, my kids do too, and even though my oldest will be 10 in a couple months, he still loves to get it out once in awhile… sometimes even with a book that goes along with and animal he is playing with. To store it, just put it in an airtight container, I used a piece of corning ware, but almost anything would do.
For more on the arctic, check out our blubber experiment!
Bet + Fam 🙂