On Tuesday I asked Seren if she would like to make some snow for her polar bear. She did, so we went to the shop for a magic ingredient (cornflour). I had wanted to make the snow (snow dough using this recipe from The Imagination Tree, we made a double quantity) and surprise Seren with it but I hadn’t realised I needed cornflour. But hey, a trip to Waitrose is a bit of a treat for Seren, as I completely avoid taking the children to supermarkets if possible. We made up the snow dough using olive oil and edible glitter (in case baby Imogen gets her hands on it and decides to wolf down a handful) and I used our food mixer to make sure it was well mixed in.
The snow dough does smell of olive oil and looks a little yellowy, I would use baby oil if I had older children (it’s dangerous if ingested) though perhaps the addition of a drop peppermint oil would be nice too.
Anyway, the texture of the snow dough is mouldable and fantastic! We put it into the clear plastic box we used for our autumn sensory tub and Seren (and I) enjoyed making snow balls and patting the mixture down into silver shiny cake cases. We also added the white sparkly clay decorations we made last week (though these are now a bit chipped so are probably too delicate for play), a pine tree cake decoration and some clear plastic spoons.
The next morning Seren woke up to a new miniature Olaf (the snowman from Frozen) sat on top of some Christmas decoration snowflakes on her dressing up box. Then on the windowsill on the way down the stairs, Sven the reindeer sat on top of some more snowflakes! Anna and Kristoff were on the kitchen worktop then Elsa herself with Hans in the box of snow on the kitchen table! Although we’ve done plenty of outings and nice activities, the characters were the first physical advent gift.
We put all of the characters into the box along with the snowflakes, I had already slipped some of the packaging that the characters came in into the box as a background. Seren enjoyed an hour or so of playing with them and making up little stories and dialogue.
She was disappointed that Elsa and Anna couldn’t come out with us on an adventure but we decided it would be better for them to stay at home. She has played with the characters out of the snow today and played with the snow separately, using spoons to fill up cups and jars. We are going to keep the snow dough box out for the next week then it will magically disappear though the snow (if it lasts that long) may become footprints on Christmas Eve…