How to make Playdough Snowmen

Keep warm and build these snowmen indoors with some super cool Snow Dough.
playdough snowmen

There is a definite chill in the air now over here on the east coast of Ireland. So we decided to carry this cold feeling into some of our activities last week and started with some Play-dough Snowmen.

Perfecting Play-dough

I’ve been trying to perfect making our own playdough for a good while now. I’ve tried many different recipes, resulting in varying degrees of success.  This time I decided to try out a recipe from over at Our Little House in the Country. Ciara has lots of fun playdough activities over on her blog, so I thought that this was bound to be a good recipe and it turned out very well for us and was perfect for out playdough snowmen. Please click on the link above to find the full recipe that we used.

Mixing up our Snow Dough

I made up the play-dough in my electronic mixer with a little help from Bella, who added in each of the ingredients for me. She was a bit heavy handed with the water though, so the initial mixture turned out far too wet. But with the careful addition of a bit more flour and corn flour I was able to rescue it. We made the recipe without any colouring; it wasn’t needed this time for us as we were going to be making snowmen from it.

Now we all know that snow is very cold, so to mimic the feeling of real snow as much as I could, I popped our dough into the fridge for a few hours before letting the kids loose with it.

I was a little worried that putting the dough into the fridge would make it too hard to mould with, but I needn’t have worried. This recipe makes lovely soft and smooth play dough, so the fridge did it no harm and maybe even made it a little easier for the kids to handle. They loved the fact that it was cold to touch and it did stay cold for a good while. It really helped to get them into the mood for some snowman building as well.

Building our Play-dough Snowmen

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Supplies

Adapting the activity to make it suitable for the three different ages of my children:

Bella (2.5yrs)– I gave Bella a gingerbread man cutter to begin with and then a circle cutter, so that she could make some flat play-dough snowmen.  She did need a little help with the rolling out. But she was happy cutting out the shapes and decorating her play-dough snowman with the googly eyes, pipe cleaners and buttons that I had laid out for them all.

playdough snowmen

Freddie (5yrs) and Liam (nearly 7) – I encouraged my sons to “build” their own play-dough snowmen as they would do out in the garden. Although obviously on a much smaller scale.  They also had a go with the cutters as well. They hate to think that they are missing out on anything.
playdough snowmen
playdough snowmen

Extending the activity

After completing their play-dough snowmen, the boys then carried the activity on using their own ideas. They constructed a sledge complete with a reindeer and Santa on board; well that is what they said it was anyhow!

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  • otilia stocks November 11, 2014, 7:01 am

    How cute! Winter is almost here!
    Thank you for linking up with the #pinitparty

  • Karen Bell November 11, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Ooh, I love this idea, what a great way to build snowmen, I might have to try that as my kids are always asking when will it snow, as they want to play in it.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    • Nicola Simpson November 11, 2014, 9:32 pm

      Thanks. This is a great activity to keep in the fridge to pull out when the kids are looking bired or asking about snow!

  • Caroline Elliott November 11, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Love this, what a cute idea, great to get in the Christmassy mood 🙂 xx #letkidsbekids

    • Nicola Simpson November 11, 2014, 9:33 pm

      Definitly Caroline. My boys have started their christmas lists now so we re officially counting down now.

  • Louisa November 11, 2014, 7:35 pm

    Brilliant! A great way to build snowmen if we get another snow free winter 😉 #letkidsbekids

    • Nicola Simpson November 11, 2014, 9:34 pm

      I'm hoping this is the closest we get to snow this year Louisa.

  • Tarana Khan November 11, 2014, 8:11 pm

    This must have been so much fun! We did a snowman craft just yesterday. #letkidsbekids

  • Nicola Simpson November 11, 2014, 9:35 pm

    It was Tarana. Snowmen are certainly popular right now aren't they! What craft did you do?

  • Coombe Mill November 12, 2014, 1:19 pm

    they look very cute ! #minicreations

  • BakedPotatoMummy November 12, 2014, 3:13 pm

    I'm definitely going to be borrowing this idea. I've just discovered a pot of white Playdough in the back of a draw, so it'll be perfect for this.
    #Minicreations

  • Jamie White November 15, 2014, 3:35 am

    These are so cute! I'm not ready for snow quite yet, but when it arrives we are going to make them. 🙂

    Jamie
    Play to Learn Preschool

  • Sarah H November 15, 2014, 9:02 pm

    Great looking snowmen, i hope we get to make the real thing this year #minicreations

    • Nicola Simpson November 18, 2014, 9:35 pm

      Hopefully not too much Sarah as i really don't like driving in it!

  • kid GL loves November 18, 2014, 4:41 pm

    Lucas says – WOW!!! This is AWESOME and as it's messy, it looks even more fun!! I am so gonna make sure the Mother makes me some of these. Your models are well cool too 🙂
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

    • Nicola Simpson November 18, 2014, 9:36 pm

      Thanks Lucas! Send me some pictures of your snowmen if you do have a go!

  • PinkOddy November 19, 2014, 10:49 pm

    This is such an amazing craft activity for my sensory seeker – I am featuring it on the Weekly kids Co-op

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