After receiving a comment last week on my sensory table post suggesting that we try making cloud dough, I thought we ought to give it a whirl.
It was easy to make and Joseph absolutely loved it! He even asked me if he could play with it before bed to which I had to reply that he would have to wait until morning.
I found this idea on several blogs, but the original source seems to be Pre-School Play.
To make cloud dough you will only need two ingredients: 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil.
When purchasing baby oil make sure you buy a big enough bottle. The one shown in the picture was only 6 1/2 ounces. Thankfully, I had some shoved in the back of our bathroom closet to make up the difference.
Combine the two ingredients in a bowl or other container. We used a spatula to start with and then had to use our hands.
Eventually, we had the oil and flour well mixed. While cloud dough isn’t really like play dough or other doughs, there really isn’t a better word to describe it.
Cloud dough is unique in that it can be molded and formed, but it also crumbles very easily.
It is silky and smooth, and the baby oil makes it smell really good.
My 4 year old packed it down and then had fun crumbling it up.
He even pretended like he was scooping snow.
This cloud dough kept my son occupied for well over 1/2 an hour. We then took it outside because he was getting a little messy as evidenced by the cloud dough on his face, shirt, arms, pants, table…you get the idea. 🙂
We are storing this in a lidded container and will see how long it lasts. I am guessing it will be good for a long time.
If you are making this for a child with Celiac you could try using corn flour (not cornmeal).
I would definitely recommend trying cloud dough with your child. Have you ever made it before?