Snow Dough & Outdoor Play


Snow Dough & Outdoor Play

Peakles and I are really excited about taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough this year.  We love being outdoors and are always collecting things from walks along the beach or in the countryside.  This is one of the reasons why we are incorporating Outdoors and Nature into our dough theme each month.  For more information about the 12 Months of Sensory Dough then read about it on our main page here.


Our 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!

3 Boxes of cornflour (cornstarch)

Sunflower Oil (you can use a different vegetable oil or baby oil)

Blue, white and silver glitter

1 teaspoon of powdered blue paint.

Peakles added all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and then stirred it with a spoon.  I  then added a drizzle of vegetable oil and mixed it together.  We kept adding to the mixture until it was the same as pastry dough.

Snow Dough PP


Setting the Scene for Outdoors Play

Please note that the oil can leave greasy marks on surfaces so we used a sheet of wall paper lining to cover our table with before we began to play.

Peakles sat at her table with four huge lumps of dough that we had made.  She also had cookie cutters in the shapes of stars, snow flakes and trees.  I gave her some real and plastic acorns, pine cones, fir tree branches and a chopping board.

Peakles really enjoyed squidging the dough together and she soon began to make some interesting shapes and patterns by pressing different materials such as the branches and pinecones into the dough.  Peakles then decided to make some wonderful snowy winter creatures and spent a long time deciding on their different characters and names as well!  Finally she began to roll out the dough and used the cookie cutters to cut out her ‘snowy biscuits’ for her winter creatures!  Peakles then asked if we could keep the dough for the next day and we stored it in a mason jar in the fridge for up to a week after first making it!

Outdoors Play Snow Dough collage

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 Outdoors/Nature 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 this month’s Dough!

Co-Hosts and Posts

Experimenting with Snow Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
How to Make Snow Dough (Taste Safe) | Powerful Mothering
Book-Inspired Dough Sensory Play | Stir the Wonder
Snow Dough Science | Raising Lifelong Learners
A Snowy Day 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
Music Inspired Dough | Witty Hoots
Glittery Snow Dough | In The Playroom
Arctic Small World 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 Sensory Dough | Still Playing School
Baby Cereal Snow Dough | Creative World Of Varya
Snow Dough Slime Recipe | Little Bins for Little Hands


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15 Responses
  1. Sarah Irving

    I hadn’t heard of sensory dough before and absolutely love the idea (even if I don’t have children) as I feel it could be a fantastic tool in my play workshops. Thank you for the idea

  2. […] Helen is a former primary school teacher and art historian.  She writes at Peakle Pie about all the creative ideas that she explores with her daughter Peakles.  They both love playing and learning at the same time.  Since Peakles started school in September, Helen has been keen to balance her school time with play sessions that allow Peakles to explore, learn and just have fun. You can follow Peakle Pie on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.For more imaginative play ideas from Peakle Pie just click through here: Salt Dough Cakes for Tea Time Fun A Real Scottish Pink Castle Snow Dough Outdoor Play […]

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