We have started this year with loads of new sensory experiences for a toddler and today was another new sensory play prepared for her! First time playing with snow dough!
We have been combined a bit of learning about animals living on the Arctic with our sensory play with snow dough and it was all great fun!
As you can see by the picture, we didn’t have Arctic animal figurines so we had to get a bit creative. But more about it a bit later!
We have used toddler safe recipe for snow dough: mixed 2 cups of corn starch and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. My tot daughter usually doesn’t put things in her mouth, but there is always a chance for something like that to happen so I decided not to risk with baby oil. If you have preschoolers or older kids, you can safely substitute vegetable oil with the same quantity of baby oil. And even add some glitter powder.
As for an Arctic small world set-up, I used a larger shoe box and a piece of thin styrofoam (the type you use for house isolation). Cut it to the size to fit box bottom, and added the back side. Then I used remaining pieces to create few levels around the frozen part (created using aluminium foil).
As I mentioned, we didn’t have any Arctic animal figurines so we created our own figurines using recycled corks and these cute cartoon Arctic animals from a printable pack found on TpT site, created by Educasong. Our Arctic animal figurines are created in this way: we printed Arctic animals, laminated it and used cork for a stand (cut in half and then made a slid in the middle). This is pretty much a way you can make any animal figurines in case you don’t have them already. Cheap and on hand method!
Now as for toddler, she enjoyed moving around these Arctic animals, we have learned many new names (some of them sound really funny the way she pronounces them!), and she has enjoyed picking up snow and pretending it’s snowing all over these animals. There was lots of pretend play involved as it appears that some animals love to hunt others! Overall, the first contact with snow went great! The box is still around because I learned in the past that she loves to play with new things few days in a roll and explore all the ways she can play.
If you’re looking for some learning materials for toddlers and preschoolers with Arctic animals, you might like to check these:
- Animals of the Arctic 3 Part Cards by Montessori Soul
- Arctic Animals preschool Packet by Preschool Powol Packets
- Polar Animals circle time preschool pack by Play to Learn Preschool
How to Make Snow Dough (Taste Safe) | Powerful Mothering
Book-Inspired Snow Dough Sensory Play | Stir the Wonder
Snow Dough Science | Raising Lifelong Learners
Frozen Snow Dough | Sugar Aunts
Edible Snow Dough | Wildflower Ramblings
Rubbery Marshmallow Play Dough | Therapy Fun Zone
Snow Dough & Outdoor Play | Peakle Pie
Music Inspired Snow Dough | Witty Hoots
Arctic Small World Snow Dough | Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Snow Dough Frozen Inspired Small World | Preschool Inspirations
Sparkly Taste Safe Snow Dough for Toddler & Preschool Sensory Play | Bare Feet on the Dashboard
Fizzy, Frozen Snow Dough | It’s A Long Story
Frozen Inspired Snow Dough | The Pleasantest Thing
Snow Fairy Small World with Snow Sensory Dough | Still Playing School
Arctic play snow dough & fizzing science | Glittering Muffins
Snow Dough Slime | Little Bins for Little Hands
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.