"Shivery Snow" for Outdoor Sensory Play this Summer

Dec 11, 2012


This post is sponsored by Nuffnang.


We've just hit Summer here in Australia and it's a glorious time of year for getting outside. The days are warmer and it doesn't get dark till much later, meaning you and the kids can enjoy the great outdoors for longer!

Here's a fun way that we're beating the heat this summer, with our very own 
"Shivery Snow"


To make this fun sensory snow tub, follow the easy directions below. 
Note: To ensure it was super shivery, I prepared it the night before.


How to make "Shivery Snow"

Step 1: To make "Shivery Snow" simply follow the easy instructions to make this Cloud Dough (8 cups of plain flour to 1 cup of oil), ensuring to use the vegetable oil instead of scented baby oil. 

Step 2: Once you've made the basic Cloud Dough, add a sprinkling of cinnamon or some peppermint essence for a Christmas Scent and a good shake of silver glitter

Step 3: Put your "snow" in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight to make it Shivery!

Step 4: When you're ready to play, put your "Shivery Snow" in a tub, throw on some ice cubes, sprinkle over some more silver glitter and add any little Christmas-y touches for some imaginative play.



Touching it for the first time

I added some Pipe-cleaner Candy Canes, Christmas baubles, mini pretend presents, a small Christmas tree and some extra pipe-cleaners. 



Shivery Snow smells great, feels cold and silky but doesn't melt like real snow



It is moldable but you need to be gentle. Why not build a snowman?



You should check out this cool "shivery slime" from Growing a Jeweled Rose



I LOVE getting the kids outside, and during Summer, thanks to extended daylight I can keep them playing outside for so much longer! 

The only problem is that as it gets later, out come those pesky flies and mosquitoes....


However, now thanks to the Mortein NaturGard Automatic Outdoor Insect Control System I can let the kids keep playing outside with confidence. (yep, bare arms and all!)



 The Mortein NaturGard system releases automatic bursts of mist containing a plant based active ingredient. It means that it keeps my outdoor entertaining area protected from flies and mosquitoes without me having to think about it and I can use it around the kids.


More Benefits Include:
- Protecting a sheltered outdoor area of 25m²
- Portable (I'm taking this baby with me next camping trip for sure!)
- Adjustable settings to apply to your environment
- Automatic shut off after 3 hours
- Up to 30 hours of protection from 1 can depending on your settings


My husband was able to install it quickly and easily and since using it we've happily found that it effectively keeps the flies and mosquitoes away from the area. It's been handy for entertaining friends outside as well. No more swatting at our legs constantly!

Your Chance to Win ***COMPETITION NOW CLOSED***

Mortein would like to offer 5 lucky Aussie Learn with Play at home readers their very own 
Mortein NaturGard Automatic Outdoor Insect Control System
to help keep their outdoor area pest free to entertain with confidence this Summer.


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***COMPETITION NOW CLOSED***
Congratulations to our 5 winners

Michelle Haines

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

rebekah @ justfordaisy

Lauren Hopkins

Claudette Andrie
Please contact me with your postage details so we can send you your Automatic Outdoor Insect control system.


How To Win

Leave a comment on this post telling us a Summer-time activity that the Mortein NaturGard Automatic Outdoor Insect Control System would enable you to spend a longer time on. 
If you don't use a registered account to comment, please leave an email address so that I can get in contact with you if you win.

The 5 most creative responses will each win a Mortein NaturGard Automatic Outdoor Insect Control System.




Please read the Terms and Conditions before entering. Apologies to our International Readers as this giveaway is open to Australian Residents only.



Good Luck




Happy playing,
Debs :)


{Disclosure: this is a paid post sponsored by Nuffnang. We received a Mortein NaturGard Automatic Outdoor Insect Control System to review for the post. Opinions expressed in this post, as always, are my own}

43 comments:

  1. We love summers! My husband worked extra hard to create a relaxing and fun space for us and our 2 children in out back yard. Lots of animal attracting trees and dine kid fun accessories! We love late night marshmallow roasts and early morning coffee with daddy mommy.... and the birds that grace us with their presence! But alas we are riddled with nasty bug bites or are forced to wear long clothes! This would be a very nice product to try out on our deck and around the kid's area!

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    1. Silly auto correct! *in our back yard...*and some kids fun accessories

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    2. Silly auto correct! *in our back yard...*and some kids fun accessories

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  2. What an awesome play idea! Pebble has been asking for real snow, now I know how I can make some for her :) This NaturGard system looks great too, Pebble has horrible reactions to insect bites and I'm always paranoid about bugs. We just planted some new herbs in our garden and love watering them every day - the NaturGard system would help us do that a little more easily :)

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  3. My girls love cloud dough, this is a great extension of that, especially for summer. Will have to try the NaturGard system, my kids are always playing outside and end up with bites all over them.

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  4. We've never tried cloud dough - we'll have to give it a go! Looks like fun - especially frozen!
    Now about those outdoor activities... hubby and I used to like grabbing a blanket and lighting our chiminea and spending some quality time on our deck! Now we've moved to the bush I'd be slightly afraid to do such activities with the bugs and mossies! Enter naturgard system! ;) Could solve all our problems! ;) Looks great Debs!

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  5. We live in the Southern US and we don't get snow at Christmas time (or any other time for that matter)! This looks like great fun!
    BTW, the view from your deck looks fabulous!

    Merry Christmas,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
    www.heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Julie. I bought this house for it's views but they're not shown in these pics. You get the idea though :)

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  6. This looks like so much fun! I can't wait to try it with my little ones this week. Found you via Pinterest. Thanks for the great idea! I'm in the United States, so good luck to the lucky Australian winner!

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  7. This looks like so much fun! I can't wait to try it with my little ones this week. Found you via Pinterest. Thanks for the great idea! I'm in the United States, so good luck to the lucky Australian winner!

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  8. I love the shimmer! And so far, we don't have snow and my daughter is just dying for some, so we may be adding your 'summer snow' to our winter fun list!

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  9. Love the shivery snow! will be trying it!

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  10. We would spend more time sitting around after dinner bbqs laughing and telling stories and letting the kids play in the rock garden, ride their bikes or bring their new Christmas toys out!! No more Louie the fly or spray that gives me terrible hay fever! JodieMca

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    1. Thanks for your entry Jodie. Please leave an email address so that I can contact you if you win. :)

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  11. Splashing, playing, just 'hanging out'
    It's what we love to do.
    We'd live outside like animals
    If it were up to "Mr Under 2"

    But Mummy has a problem
    She's just too darn attractive!
    (To things that bite and sting that is)
    It stops us being active. :-(

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    Love this idea Debs, thanks again! Will have to store in the memory for sensory play with the Preps next year - a great writing stimulus as well! Great giveaway too, :-)

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    1. Whoops sorry, it's Lauren Hopkins. xx

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  12. That looks like so much fun, I really should do more sensory play and this looks like a good one to start with. I had never seen the bug repellent device, we have a smelly one like that inside that is great. We are going to try the repellent out next shopping!

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  13. Love the shivery snow. We will have to do that now! As for outside play - making mudpies in the sunshine of course! (disclaimer: hats and sunscreen to be applied liberally. Would be nice not having to apply layers of mozzie repellant). Thanks for opportunity Debs :)

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  14. Is it a super big deal if I use the baby oil anyway instead of vegetable oil?

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    1. Not at all. It'll feel and perform exactly the same. The difference will be that baby oil is often scented so will overpower any Christmas scent you put in (the cinnamon or peppermint essence). In a classroom setting or with anyone who might possibly ingest it, it's better to use a cooking oil instead of baby oil, but if you're doing it at home with children you trust not to eat it, then go for it. :)

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  15. Is it a super big deal if I use the baby oil anyway instead of vegetable oil?

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  17. what a great post and an amazing product! We live in sunny California, so we (we as in all family members under the age of four) have been known to bake mud pies in the nude into the wee hours of the night! The bug protection would come in handy :)

    lamtabitha@yahoo.com

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  18. My little girl would love this! We're approaching summer here in the tropics too, so this is as close to snow as my little one will get. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Great snowman :-) We haven't tried cloud dough yet, but will have to get to it one of these days!

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  20. I didn't know you had a blog to go along with your facebook page!! I'm excited about this find!!!!

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  21. Oh, this looks great! My Miss 3 would love this so much. Thanks for the idea!

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  22. It’s nice to hear people try to make use of the Snow, earlier we have seen only Snow men. Not the atmosphere is totally changed. Everyone seems to be trying different things using snow. Great sigh though!

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  23. My son & I love the outdoors. He's always playing outside, eating outside, swimming outside & swinging outside. We even do craft, play dough & painting outside. I lived in Japan for 3 years and saw how the children there do not get the same outdoor opportunities as children do in Oz with the great outdoor (very sad). The famous Aussie poem always reminds me of how lucky we are.
    I love a sunburnt country,
    A land of sweeping plains,
    Of ragged mountain ranges,
    Of droughts and flooding rains.
    I love her far horizons,
    I love her jewel-sea,
    Her beauty and her terror
    The wide brown land for me!

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    2. Thanks Deborah. Ill be touch with you shortly. Just have to work out how to use google +

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    3. You can just email me at learnwithplayathome at gmail dot com. Or, use the contact me tab at the top of the blog :) Thanks

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  24. I love your shivery snow idea Deb....fantastic...and i love the fun she is having with it...can see it in that smile! We are always outdoors and the twins love to get out with me in the vegie patch after dinner picking their little tomatoes and doing some digging....the mozzies are becoming a real problem though and i don't like putting stuff on their skin so this would be a great solution :)

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  26. very cool! Please feel free to link this or any math or science related ideas to my Christmas link up. I am trying to collect awesome ideas like yours in one place
    http://piwiprincess.blogspot.com/2012/12/language-math-and-history-became-our.html

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  27. Hi! I featured this post for the weekly kid's co-op over on my blog. This looks like so much fun! You can come check it out here.

    http://www.homelearningjourney.com/the-weekly-kids-co-op-1220/

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  28. Completely in love with this activity and will have to try it as we are snow deprived here in Southern California. (Oh - completely loving everything on your blog as well). :)

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  29. What a "cool" idea! My children love cloud dough, but I had never thought of freezing it. Thank you for sharing.

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