I had found some vegetable oil in the back of a cupboard while de-cluttering and was looking for a perfect way to use it up, so the kids and I decided to experiment with making indoor snow (more commonly called cloud dough). I’ve seen lots of recipes on Pinterest, but I wanted to attempt one that we could take into their school for an activity centre, thus we created gluten-free indoor snow. The kids have classmates with celiac and allergies to gluten and that pesky gluten seems to be in all the fun tactile stuff.
Cloud Dough Recipe:
- Rice Flour
Optional add in: Glitter, natural food colouring, and/or essential oil.
We used 3 1/3 cups of rice flour which happened to be one bag, ¾ cup of vegetable oil and probably too many shakes of the glitter jar. But it had to sparkle just like real snow. Mix together with a pastry knife or your hands.
This dough recipe made just enough for two kids. The oil seems to be adjustable, this amount made the “snow” still a bit powdery but also able to hold a shape. Adding more oil would create more shapeable dough. If making a larger batch just keep the oil-to-flour ratios as you increase the amounts. Store in an airtight container for later play.
This snow feels amazing! It really is a great sensory experience and according to my oldest the best part of this snow is they do not get soaking wet or cold.
To further our experiment we decided to add some colour and put in under a teaspoon of beet concentrate. It made some pretty Valentine coloured dough! I think it would work better if added to the oil first, because it did create specks adding it after the fact. Any natural food colouring would be great to add.
If just older kids would be using this cloud dough, I would add a few drops of an essential oil to enhance the sensory experience, but would have to be sure no one would be trying to eat the snow. Without essential oils and glitter it is edible, in case your little snow explorer wants to do a taste test.