Make this No Melt Snow Dough Playdough with either gluten-free or regular flour for your kids today. It’s a great sensory activity for cold, winter days!

Have your kids ever played with snow dough playdough? It has a texture that is between play-dough and air-dry clay (like Model Magic).

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This snow dough playdough sticks together like playdoh when squeezed, but feels fluffy and airy like Model Magic.

It’s fun to use cookie cutters and toys in it as well as just using your hands to shape it. My son, who is preschool-age, likes to use construction toys and this play-doh set, but he can’t have regular store-bought playdough because it has gluten in it. (Two of my kids can’t have gluten touching their skin like in lotion or soap and they can’t eat gluten, either). My girls, who are are elementary-age, prefer using this more open-ended set of rolling pins.

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Did you know that playing with snow dough is considered “heavy work” from a sensory standpoint? That means that it helps the body focus and relax! (You can learn more about heavy work at My Kid’s Table.) That’s why snow dough is a fabulous activity to do in between harder school subjects like math and writing. My kids get so excited when they find snow dough in their workbox because it helps them re-charge and gets their body and mind prepared for the next subject. (Find out more about how we use workboxes.)

This no-melt snow dough playdough can be made either gluten-free or regular. It mixes up in less than 10 minutes and provides your kids with hours of fun! And it goes perfectly with the Snowmen At Night Language Intensive Unit Study!

Watch below, as I show you how to make Easy No-Melt Snow Dough in less than ten minutes. I’ve been making this snow dough since the 1990s when I was an early childhood Speech-Language Pathologist. It really is super easy!

I’ve also found playdough and other sensory activities to be the best thing late in the afternoon when kids are starting to bicker and get bored and restless. You know, that time right before Dad comes home and you’re trying to figure out what to fix for supper 😂. All of my younger ones ( and sometimes even one of the teens) will sit down and play for 30 minutes. Some days, it’s truly a lifesaver!

Ingredients Needed for Gluten-Free No Melt Snow Dough Playdough

  • 1 cup All-purpose Gluten-Free Flour**
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cups glitter
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup washable paint

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and glitter in a medium saucepan. Add in the vegetable oil, paint, and water. Stir until the dry ingredients are moistened. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until it forms a dry-looking ball of playdough (about 5 minutes). Scape dough out of the pan onto the counter that is dusted with cornstarch. Knead for 2 minutes, until no longer sticky. Store in an air-tight container.

** I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-Free flour. If your kids don’t need their playdough to be gluten-free, just use regular, all-purpose flour.

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I like to store mine in an air-tight container just to keep it soft. If you want to make it authentic snow dough that is cold (just like snow!),😊 just store it in its container, in the fridge between uses.

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2 Replies to “Easy No-Melt Gluten-Free Snow Dough Playdough”

  1. Hi Jenn!
    What a cool activity! My in-home pre-k group loved when our sensory bin was full of things to squish and explore! I usually purchased a snow-like product but this would be even better!

    1. Whole Child Homeschool says:

      Thank you! I hope your preschool kiddos love it as much as my little ones do! It’s snowing where I live today, but the wind-chill is making it too cold to go outside to play in it. So I’m making some different snow-themed sensory bins for them and will have a post about it very soon.

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