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Christmas in July Snow Dough recipe.

I was browsing through Pinterest earlier this week when i came across this recipe and i thought it would be absolutely perfect for our Christmas in July Glitter celebrations that are coming up, To get into the spirit i made a batch and the kids loved it! 

What is Snow Dough? Snow Dough is silky and mold-able and takes just two ingredients to make.  It’s an amazing sensory dough! And it’s SO easy, bright white and even crunches between your fingers like snow! We experimented and it worked! Snow Dough dough will keep indefinitely when stored in a container with a lid.

 

Recipe for Snow Dough:

2 cups corn flour (corn starch in US)
1/3 to 1/2 of a cup vegetable oil (baby oil can be used as an alternative, but makes the recipe not safe for toddlers or children under 3. So we stuck to vegetable oil just to be safe)
3-4 tablespoons silver glitter ( yay, glitter!)

Before you start you and the little ones will want to wear old clothing or an apron as this is a messy task. Just mix the ingredients together with a spoon until combined, then use fingers to rub the oil right into the flour until its completely integrated. It should feel smooth, slightly damp and will take a form if moulded.

Tip: This can get messy if played indoors, so use a large drop cloth or old table cloth under the tub to make cleaning up easier!

What they are learning as they play:

Sensory: exploring through sensory investigation, learning new descriptive language
Literacy: story telling, vocabulary development
Science/ Knowledge & Understanding of the World: combining materials, recipes, geography and habitats
Creativity: imaginative play, forming sculptures
Maths: counting out measurements

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Easy Rainbow Layer Cake

Easy Rainbow Layer Cake

If you’re looking for a recipe for Easy 6-Layer Rainbow Cake, you came to the right place! You’ll love it if you’re a big kid at heart!– it’s an easy recipe that’s suitable for cake beginners. Full-spectrum “fabulous” is the order of the day when you serve this treat at a kid’s birthday or half birthday celebration.

 

Ingredients ( For six layers):

375g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing

675g plain flour

450g golden caster sugar

9 medium eggs (very important to use the correct size)

3 tsp baking powder

3 pinches of salt

3 tsp vanilla extract

or:

6 x 340g packets golden butter-cake mix or 6 Homemade butter-cake

 

For the icing

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 x 250g tubs cream cheese or mascarpone

350g icing sugar

 

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Tip all the sponge ingredients, apart from the food colouring, into a mixing bowl, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth.

 

  1. Working quickly, weigh the mixture into another bowl to work out the total weight, then weigh exactly half the mixture back into the mixing bowl. Pick 2 of your colours and stir a little into each mix. Keep going until you are happy with the colour – the colour of the batter now will be very similar to the finished cake, so be brave! Scrape the different batters into the tins, trying to spread and smooth as much as possible – but try not to waste a drop of the batter – a rubber spatula will help you. Bake on the same oven shelf for 12 mins until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.

 

  1. Gently turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool. Wash the tins and bowls thoroughly, and start again from step 1 – this time using another 2 colours. Unless you’re making the optional pink layer, repeat one more time to get 6 sponges, all of different colours. Leave them all to cool.

 

  1. To make the icing, very briefly beat the vanilla and cream cheese or mascarpone with an electric whisk until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and gently fold in with a spatula. Be careful – the more you work it, the runnier it will get, increasing the chance of splitting.

 

  1. Smear a little icing on your cake stand or plate – just a splodge to stick the first sponge. Start with the red, then spread with some icing right to the very edge. Repeat, sandwiching on top the orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple sponges. Spread the remaining icing thickly all over the sides and top of the cake.

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