When it’s cold outside, try easy and fun winter activities inside! All our slime recipes are easy and quick to make including our snow dough slime. You will never have a boring indoor snow day again. Great winter play with a science lesson too!

HOW TO MAKE DOUGH SLIME

Super Stretchy Snow Slime!

We are always looking for a new way to play with all of our homemade slime we have been making. Slime has to be one of our favorite sensory play recipes! We have made a melting snowman slime, but this time I wanted something thicker and stretchier!

We stretched and shaped our snow dough. Although it is still a slime, it is much tougher and stretchier so it doesn’t ooze nearly as fast.

Make it into a snow ball or an iceberg for your South Pole Penguins or your North Pole polar bears! We had a few penguins and arctic figurines from Toobs and a favorite book which talks about the North and South Poles, Ice is Nice! Also check out our Arctic Slime!

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A BIT OF SLIME SCIENCE

What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activator  {sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid} mixes with the PVA {polyvinyl-acetate} glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross linking!

The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state.

The addition of water is important to this process. Think about when you leave a gob of glue out, and you find it hard and rubbery the next day.

When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and is thicker and rubberier like slime!

Read more about slime science here!

Snow Slime Winter Sensory Dough Recipe for Kids

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SNOW DOUGH RECIPE

This fun winter slime uses liquid starch as the slime activator. Now if you want to use liquid starch or saline solution instead, you can use one of our other basic recipes using borax powder or saline solution.

SUPPLIES

  • 1 cup white PVA school glue
  • 1/2 cup liquid starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • measuring cup, bowls and a spoon
  • snowflake glitter {optional}
  • Arctic or Penguin Animals and winter books {optional}

HOW TO MAKE DOUGH SLIME

 Remember we are doubling the glue of our traditional liquid starch recipe for this snow dough!

STEP 1:  In a bowl add 1/2 cup water and 1 cup glue and mix well to combine completely.

STEP 2: Now’s the time to add color, glitter, or confetti!

STEP 3: Pour in 1/2 cup of liquid starch and stir well. Drain any excess liquid and put the snow dough in a clean, dry container or on a plate to knead.

You will see the slime immediately start to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Keep stirring until you have a thick blob of slime.

STEP 4:  Start kneading your slime! It will appear stringy at first but just work it around with your hands and you will notice the consistency change.

SLIME MAKING TIP:   The trick with liquid starch slime is to put a few drops of the liquid starch onto your hands before picking up the slime. However, keep in mind that although adding more liquid starch reduces the stickiness, and it will eventually create a stiffer slime.

Winter slime snow dough with an easy homemade slime recipe.

We keep our snowy slime loosely covered on the kitchen table and play with it all week long! By then we are usually ready to make something new!

Snow dough slime science with south pole penguins or the arctic imaginative play

We definitely think you will enjoy these awesome winter activities that really encourage hands-on learning, experimentation, and investigation. Slime may be a super cool activity to do with your kids, but they will also learn a lot from the experience too.

SNOW DOUGH

MORE FUN WINTER SLIME IDEAS

Make sure to check out all our awesome slime ideas! If you need something a little quicker you can always make out our snowflake winter oobleck.

AWESOME SNOW DOUGH SLIME FOR WINTER!

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MORE FUN WAYS TO PLAY WITH SNOW DOUGH