Homemade Snow Dough Recipe (2024)

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You only need 2 ingredients (and no cooking!) to make this fun Snow Dough Recipe. Your kids will love this easy sensory activity!

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Homemade Snow Dough

I always feel like once Christmas is over, winter is going to last forever. And in South Dakota, sometimes that can seem true. Getting to January is only the middle of winter, not indicating spring is coming. 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.

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 of which you can easily pick up at the dollar store.

This cloud dough 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.

Tip: Looking for regular playdough? Here are some fun Homemade Playdough Recipes.

Ingredients in Homemade Snow Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup Starch (corn or potato)
  • 1 cup Lotion or Bodywash or Hair Conditioner
  • Snow Glitter (optional)
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How to Make Snow Dough

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 body wash 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, body wash, or conditioner should all work in this recipe. Whatever you choose, there is no need to pay more than a dollar for it!

Tip: Check out this list of Homesteading Supplies You Can Get at the Dollar Store

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Combine the corn starch and the liquid of your choice in a large 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 consistencyof your liquid.

Once it’s finished, it should somewhat be the consistencyof a dry slime…if that makes any sense! You can add glitter at any point if you wish to have glittery snow dough. Some Peppermint Essential Oil for a cooling sensation like “frozen snow dough” might be fun, too.

This dough isn’t a smooth sticky texture like playdough so if you are concerned about getting it on your surface, give it to your children to play with on a tray or in a large bin.

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This fun Snow Dough Recipe can be played with and then stored in an air-tight container or in plastic wrap 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.

Extras for Snow Dough Play

Your children can just play with this dough without anything else, but for even more fun sensory activity play, you can give them a few “accessories” like those below.

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes (to make a snowman)
  • Silver Glitter
  • Snowflake Cookie Cutters
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Snow Dough Recipe

How to make a 2 ingredient playdough that feels like snow for your kids.

Cook Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Creator Merissa

Ingredients

  • 1cupStarchcorn or potato
  • 1cupLotion/Bodywash/Conditioner
  • Snow Glitteroptional

Instructions

  1. 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 consistencyof your liquid.

  2. Once it's finished, it should somewhat be the consistencyof a dry slime…if that makes any sense! You can add glitter at any point if you wish. Some Peppermint Essential Oil for a cooling sensation might be fun, too.

Recipe Notes

This fun Snow Dough Recipe 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.

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Merissa Alink

Merissa has been blogging about andliving the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from theContact Page.

This Homemade Snow Dough Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in January 2018. It has been updated as of January 2024.

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FAQs

Homemade Snow Dough Recipe? ›

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!

How to make easy snow dough? ›

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!

How do you make 2 ingredient snow? ›

Add 1 cup of baking soda to a large bowl. Then add in 1 cup of shaving cream. Mix together using a spatula and as it starts to come together dive your hands in. My girls LOVED this part.

How long does snow dough last? ›

It will last for about 7 days. If it feels dry and crumbly, you can add in a little lotion and knead the dough.

How to make snow with 3 ingredients? ›

Mix equal parts shaving cream (foam, not gel) and cornflour for this recipe, which makes a dense, foamy snow that is very easy to mould. Cornstarch and lotion. Mix together equal parts cornflour and lotion for this crumbly snow recipe. If you're looking for a more powdery snow, add slightly less lotion than cornflour.

What is the best homemade snow? ›

Baking Soda & White Conditioner

With ½ cups of conditioner and about three cups of baking soda, you can make fake snow for your kiddos!

How cold to make homemade snow? ›

To start a snowmaking system a wet-bulb temperature of −2.5 °C (27.5 °F) is required. If the atmospheric humidity is very low, this level can be reached at temperatures slightly above 0 °C (32 °F), but if the air humidity is high, colder temperatures are required.

Are baking powder and baking soda the same? ›

Baking soda and baking powder are not the same. Sodium bicarbonate and bicarbonate of soda are other names for baking soda. Baking powder is made of baking soda plus cream of tartar and cornstarch. Baking powder can be substituted for baking soda by tripling the amount of baking powder.

What is a snow dough? ›

Mix your water into your baking soda mixture and freeze for 15 min for an icy sensory dough that feels like snow! RELATED: HOW TO MAKE SNOW FLOAM. Snow Floam – A DIY Floam Recipe for a fun Sensory Snow Dough! To put together Instant Snow bags for my daughters class we used sandwich bags and THESE printable labels.

How to make snow dough without cornstarch? ›

Instructions
  1. Mix the baking soda and salt in a bowl. ...
  2. Add the liquid dish soap, then mix again.
  3. Transfer the snow to the tray.
  4. Shape your snowman and add decorations! ...
  5. Play as long as you like!
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How long does DIY snow last? ›

Fake snow last for 7 - 10 days if left uncovered and spread out thinly. This also varies depending on the humidity of area. Can this be added into slime? Yes, if you add snow into the slime it will make cloud slime.

How to make snow dough with baking soda? ›

By mixing baking soda with hair conditioner, you've combined a solid (baking soda) with a liquid (conditioner) to create dough. The elements in the baking soda have drawn out some of the water in the conditioner, creating a smooth, snowy feel.

How do you make DIY cloud dough? ›

Add 1/2 cup of lotion to a bowl. Add 1-2 drops of the food coloring (if using concentrated gel, if using regular food coloring you'll need more drops to color) and mix. Mix the lotion and food coloring until combined. Add 1 cup of cornstarch and mix.

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