In Atlanta, we have been talking about the possibility of snow for 5 days. We have lived in several places that get real snow but in Atlanta, the term snow is used loosely. Snow-like precipitation falls from the sky and looks like snow on the ground and then becomes ICE. Ice is very different from snow.
But I wanted to get all excited. This would be Whit’s first real snow. So I introduced him to all the snow creating customs all children should know. 1. We did a snow dance! (yes, in the kitchen). 2. We talked about wearing our pajamas inside-out. (Whit likes to stay in the lines on things like this so he didn’t actually do this). 3. We talked about sleeping with a spoon under our pillow. (He was unsure about bringing kitchen utensils into his bedroom.) 4. We put ice in the toilet. (now, he could go for this one!) And then we made “snow” play dough!
“Snow” Play Dough
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
2 T cream of tarter
2 cups water
2 T vegetable oil
1 splash of almond extract (gives it a fun smell)- completely optional
Before turning the burner on, in a medium saucepan, combine flour, salt, and cream of tarter. Mix well. Add water, oil, and extract, and mix it all up. Turn burner on low and stir until the mixture becomes really thick. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from the heat and cool the dough. Add glitter and knead dough until smooth. Now it is time to play or store in an airtight container.
So, we hope for a lot of snow where we can go sledding, then warm up with hot chocolate, and be completely lazy most the day. But something tells me we just have “snow” play dough and ice. As I write, it has began to fall outside and we will wake up in the morning to see if at least dancing and ice in our toilets did the trick.
Looking Forward to Playing in the Snow,