Sparkly Ice Playdough and "Fake" Sensory Snow

As I sat in bed this morning, rocking the crazy lady bed head, I cuddled into my warm blankets while I watched the fluffy snowflakes dance outside my window. Absorbing the heat radiating from my rapidly aging (and utterly craptastic) laptop, I ended my bout of fantastic procrastination and began to compose the winter newsletter for my class that goes home to parents at the end of the week. As I do so well here on my blog, I  rambled in the newsletter as well. Long winded babbles about how the kids continue to show an increasing interest in ice and snow (tasting, feeling, breaking, melting - even balancing and skating on) and how because of this, ice exploration will become a part of our daily routines. 

Then I hit up Pinterest for some kind of winter wonderland inspiration. It goes without saying that I was sucked into the endless DIY mirage that is the Pinterest Pit (I mean seriously, will I ever build my own wood pallet coffee table or paint metallic polka dots on my own walls? Hell no. But one can dream). Nevertheless, over an hour later I dragged my ass from what we shall now simply refer to as "The Pit" victorious. For I had found not one, but two wintery educational gems... (as well as about 80 million bazillion other amazeball ideas that I'll never have the time, money or endless ambition to complete).

And so, in lieu of the holiday spirit, I'm passing these - my wintery educational gems- on to you. My fellow teachers, and parents. Or both.  May you bask in their practically effortless greatness. May you ride the temporary "you're so awesome!" wave as your children giggle and marvel and explore. And, most importantly, may you - perhaps for the first time ever - leave a babbling blog post of mine with cool (people still use the word cool, right?) and useful information.

Sparkly Ice Playdough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tbl cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbl mineral or baby oil (the original recipe calls for vegetable oil, but I find that these oils smell better).
  • 1 ginormous squirt of dish soap (I only had green apple...which made for weird smelling 'sparkly ice' and added a slight green tint. Keep this in mind when adding your dish liquid). 
  • 4 Tbl glitter
  • 1 – 2 cups boiling water
As the woman on Pinterest before me suggested, I too used my Kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook. Mostly because I SO could not be bothered whirling hot playdough around a bowl like a freakin' maniac...which is usually the case. However, if you're feeling more energetic and outgoing than I, feel free to use a big ol' bowl and wooden spoon. Go ahead and knead that playdough, Rambo style!
  1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, glitter, baby/mineral oil, and soap in a large bowl.
  2. Slowly add boiling water and mix until it makes a somewhat sticky dough.
  3. Knead, knead, knead (I left it on a medium speed whizzing around my mixer for 5 minutes). It should get less sticky, but if you need to you can knead in a bit more flour.
  4. Store in an airtight container until little fingers smoosh and moosh it. 

Fake Sensory Snow

  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner
  • 3 cups of baking soda 
Mix together in a bowl (yes, it's really that easy). Fake snow molds easily like real snow, and can be used over and over again. If you find that it begins to dry out, simply add more conditioner until the desired consistency is reached. 

I've also seen this recipe for 'erupting snow' that I think we may give a go after we're bored with our fake and sparkly goodies. 

Best part? I'm excited for Monday. Even better? There's only 5 more days til Winter Break! HURRAH!


  1. Well written Amanda! Can't wait to read your next one! Maybe I'll be mentioned again if it's around Christmas time!! lol �� ya cuz!!

  2. These are both incredible ideas! I'm totally pinning them to make after Christmas--when we actually have some free time at home! Thanks for sharing!


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