My kids absolutely LOVE the snow. They could spend hours on end outside, no matter how cold it was.
On days that got particularly cold (with wind chills well below zero), I'd opt to bring the snow inside and let them play with it in cake pans. They love this and would spend hours playing with their little toys and figures (especially their little Frozen dolls) in it in the warmth of our home. I would just go back-and-forth refilling the pans that would melt with fresh snow to continue the fun.
This got me thinking about making up some snow play dough that we wouldn't have to worry about melting or surrounding puddles. This certainly wouldn't completely replace bringing snow inside, but I figure it to be a nice alternative.
2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
food coloring (optional)
peppermint extract (optional)
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1. Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar, and glitter (optional) in large pot.
2. If desired, you can put food coloring in the 2 cups of water (if you want a color other than white) and/or you can put a teaspoon of peppermint extract or any other kind of extract in the water, if you want to add a scent.
3. Add the 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to dry mixture already in the pot.
4. Stir until the mixture starts to form a solid consistency, scraping the bottom and sides of pot.
5. Once it's at the desired consistency, carefully remove from pot as it will be hot, and place on a flat surface lightly floured for kneading.
6. Let the play dough completely cool before storing. You can use ziploc bags, tupperware, and/or shallow mason jars.
My kids have been having snow much fun playing with the play dough :)