Salt Dough Snowman
Objective: Create and build a snowman with the materials provided.
The major component is the salt dough, which was very simple to make and consists of just three simple ingredients, two of which you probably have in your pantry right now. The recipe calls for; 1/2 a cup of salt, 2 cups of all-purpose flour, and 3/4 cups of water. I do believe I had to add more water to get a better consistency, but don’t overdo it, or you’ll end up with a sticky mess (to fix just add more flour). I just googled a recipe and used the first one that popped up. Any D.I.Y. dough or regular play-doh will do! Jingle bells from your local craft store, a few twigs from outside, dry black beans, and a carrot nose. For this, I used a foam sheet to cut the nose from.
The main benefit of playing with dough is the open-ended opportunities for your little one, as they experiment with it. The squishing and squeezing, pulling and poking, twisting, and rolling. This all builds hand strength and offers a tactile, texture, and consistency experience as they manipulate the dough. For an added sensory element I added peppermint oil to it, since it’s not often that bins incorporate smell. With the holidays here it made for the perfect opportunity to do so!