Recipe for Play
This idea came to me while making ghost mud this Fall. The ivory shavings were so amazingly silky and fun to play in that I knew we had to use them in future play. Adding sparkle, a wintry scent, and freezing our soap bars brought this amazing snow to full fruition
Ivory Snow Recipe
- Frozen white soap bars (any brand is fine; we found three packs at Dollar Tree)
- A cheese grater (we got one at Dollar Tree to use in play activities)
- Optional additions: iridescent glitter, buffalo flakes, peppermint extract, polar bear figurines, snowflakes...etc
We began by placing two three packs of white soap bars in the freezer. We left them there overnight. The next morning I asked Jewel and Rosie if they wanted to make their own snow. They were so excited!
Grating the soap bars is great for fine motor development and a great boredom buster, too! The three of us grated the first half of the soap together. Then, Rosie and Jewel played as I continued to grate. They just couldn't resist getting their hands in the silky, chilled out snow
I wanted to make a lot of snow so we used all six bars, but you can use less if you want
Once the soap was all grated we added glitter, snowflakes, and Wintry beads
You can also add peppermint extract, but the soap we bought actually had a delightful Wintry scent.
Rosie and Jewel had so much fun playing in their silk snow
You can keep your silk snow and freeze it again and again, or you can add water to your play. After a bit of time we brought out spray bottles of COLD water. This extended the fun and gave us a whole new sensory material.
The water made the snow even more silky and super mold-able
Please closely supervise children while they are grating. We talked about safety, keeping our hands away from the grates, and I also only let Rosie and Jewel grate with large pieces of soap. Once they started to get small I would give them a new bar. You can also do all the grating yourself if you are concerned.
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