I always feel like once Christmas is over, winter is going to last forever. And in South Dakota, sometimes that can really seem true. Getting to January is only the middle of winter, not an indication that spring is on it’s way. In fact, January is typically our month with the coldest days. Plus, believe it or not, March is typically our snowiest month, although we’ve had large snowstorms snow late into May as well.
But January and into February it seems like the months get really long. We can’t start any of our gardening things yet, not even indoors, and the kids are absolutely going stir-crazy. Playing outside in the snow is wonderful but not when it’s 30 below zero.
So it’s during the winter that we come up with fun, but frugal things to do. Sure, we could spend a nice sum of money and get indoor passes to something that may keep the kids entertained. But that type of entertainment is expensive, a long drive to get to, and gets old after a while.
Homemade Snow Dough Recipe
This winter we’ve been making up some of this Homemade Snow Dough whenever we have a chance. You only need 2 things to make it, both which you can easily pick up at the dollar store. It lasts for at least a week or two when stored in an air-tight container after use. And it’s not awful to clean up since it’s not sticky like playdough.
–Looking for regular playdough? Here are some fun Homemade Playdough Recipes.
Homemade Snow Dough
What You Need for Snow Dough:
- 1 cup Starch (corn or potato)
- 1 cup Lotion/Bodywash/Conditioner
- Snow Glitter (optional)
Here’s all you need. I used potato starch for my dough because that’s what I keep on hand, but if you have cornstarch it will work the same. I also used bodywash for mine because that’s what I found for an unscented option when I went to the dollar store. If your children do ok with scents, you might be able to use something different. Lotion, bodywash, or conditioner should all work in this recipe. Whatever you chose, there is no need to pay more than a dollar for it!
Combine the starch and the liquid of your choice in a bowl and mix until the mixture is not crumbly but is not sticky. You may have to add a bit more starch or vice-versa depending on the consistency of your liquid. Once it’s finished, it should somewhat be the consistency of a dry slime…if that makes any sense! You can add glitter at any point if you wish. Some Peppermint Essential Oil might be fun too.
This fun Snow Dough can be played with and then stored in an air-tight container for later play. If it dries out a little bit, just add in a small amount of lotion/shampoo/etc to get it back to the dough consistency.
—Looking for more winter fun? Make these Frugal Preschool Busy Bags!
Do you have any little ones in your home that will enjoy the Snow Dough?