I love making homemade play dough with a seasonal theme, and this snowy white version is perfect now that winter is near and snowy days are ahead! The secret to that pure white is to use cornstarch instead of regular flour.
To make this silky-smooth play dough, combine the following in a bowl:
1 and 1/2 cups cornstarch
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until combined. Let cool.
Place the dough on a craft tray and knead to the right consistency. You may need to sprinkle with a little extra cornstarch. We also then added a little bit of silver glitter, which made it sparkle just like fresh-fallen snow.
Now it was time to play! Veronika had so much fun with this snowy-themed dough. First we simply rolled out snowballs or snowmen. Red beads made fun decorations!
It was also great as pretend cookie dough, and I gave Veronika star- and snowman-shaped cookie cutters to keep with our seasonal theme.
Her favorite use for it, though, was pretending it was a layer of arctic ice (or, as she called it, the snowy beach). I pulled out a set of arctic animals who could romp through this wintry land.
“Seal is on the beach!” she would say with delight, or, “Orca is in the water!”
The play dough is also great for leaving animal “tracks” in the snow. She loved hopping along an arctic hare or stomping along the wolf and fox.
After spending some time with the play dough together, it was great for her solo play, too; I loved seeing her imagination and senses at work.