Music Inspired Snow Dough
Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired snow dough. As this series is all about stimulating the senses we decided to create some snow dough and use music to stimulate the ‘aural or hearing senses’. As we have mentioned in our introduction to the series, music is a great way of helping hearing and non hearing children gain confidence in the world around them as well as providing a whole host of skills too – read more on our introductory page here – .
Our Snow Dough Recipe
Please note that this is NOT an edible dough so should NOT be used unsupervised or with children who like to taste/eat dough!
2 Boxes of cornflour (cornstarch)
Oat based moisturising body lotion (we use this as it is good for sensitive skin prone to eczema – you could use ordinary lotion)
Blue and silver glitter
Powdered white peppermints
Blue food colouring
We added all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. We then added the moisturising body lotion and mixed it with a chopstick. We kept adding to the mixture until it was the same texture as pastry crumble. We divided the mixture into two and added a few drops of blue food colouring to create a blue white dough.
Setting the Scene for
Music Inspired Snow Dough Play
The snow dough was added to an unused aluminium turkey roasting tin which was placed on a blue cloth. We surrounded the roasting tin with silver tinsel and also had silver spoons, foil, silver and blue sparkly pipe cleaners to hand. We also placed frozen ice packs under the roasting tin to add an extra ‘cold’ feeling to the snow dough. Then we used introduced the music via our YouTube playlist and let the fun begin.
Our daughter loved squashing the dough together and feeling it run through her fingers. She liked the smell as the crushed peppermints and thought that the two colours looked very wintery. She experimented with how the dough formed snowballs like real snow but broke apart when too much pressure was applied. She made some icy snowmen and enjoyed rubbing the dough through the palms of her hands to make it ‘snow’ on the figures. She then took the ice packs and placed them in the dough to create sledges for the snowmen. The best bit was when it actually started snowing outside whilst we did this activity – thank you Mother Nature for joining in!
Music and Dough Play – My Observations
I noticed as the music intensified her play became more dramatic and intense. During the lighter harp music she chatted to and about the snow figures she had created and during the Waltz she mixed the snow dough in swirling patterns! I asked her if she liked the music and she thought that it helped her feel cold and it was like being up in the mountains! An activity like this would normally keep her interested for about 30 minutes however I think the music extended the play experience for her as she played for over TWO HOURS! I am interested to see if this happens again or whether it was the novelty of having the music playing as well!
The music we chose for our Music Inspired Snow Dough was three classical pieces:
Glazunov – The Seasons – Winter
Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker Suite – Waltz of the Snowflakes
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons – Winter
You can visit our YouTube channel and listen to the pieces we chose for this sensory dough activity or listen to them here:
We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough and we look forward to next month when we will be writing about our Music Inspired Scented Dough.
If you are a fan of Pinterest then please pop along to the group’s Sensory Dough Board for more inspiration on how to introduce sensory play doughs to your children. Here are this month’s co-hosts and links through to their posts. Such a great wealth of ideas on how to create, experiment and play with Snow Dough!
Co-Hosts and Posts
Experimenting with Snow Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
How to Make Snow Dough (Taste Safe) | Powerful Mothering
Book-Inspired Snow Dough Sensory Play | Stir the Wonder
Snow Dough Science | Raising Lifelong Learners
A Snowy Day Snow Dough Play | Natural Beach Living
Frozen Snow Dough | Sugar Aunts
Edible Snow Dough | Wildflower Ramblings
Vitamin E Snow Dough Recipe | FSPDT
Rubbery Marshmallow Play Dough | Therapy Fun Zone
Snow Dough & Outdoor Play | Peakle Pie
Music Inspired Snow Dough | Witty Hoots
Glittery Snow Dough | In The Playroom
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
Baby Cereal Snow Dough | Creative World Of Varya
Snow Dough Slime Recipe | Little Bins for Little Hands