Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cloud Dough

Since, this is my very first blog post, I thought I'd start out with one of my favorite toddler activities! Cloud Dough!

Cloud dough is an amazing type of dough that starts out crumbly like sand but when you put pressure on it or hold it in your hand, it has the characteristics of play dough. Its really easy to make and would be perfect for a child who loves to help! Its so soft and is only made out of flour and oil.

The ratio for the dough is 8:1 flour and oil.  I used 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of vegetable oil and it made the perfect amount. I made my dough with vegetable oil because it's what I had and it's safe for toddlers but I've also heard of it being used with baby oil, sesame oil, canola oil, and olive oil. So, whatever type of oil you have should work just fine!

Baby Z doesn't like to have anything on her hands so I wasn't sure how much she would like this activity but she had a great time scooping it up and moving it from one side of the container to the other. This activity can be rather messy so it would probably be easiest outside but if you do it inside, I recommend laying down something underneath the tub just in case (you can use a shower curtain or tablecloth from the dollar store!).

I've heard of people adding essential oils for the aromas but if you have a toddler who still puts things in their mouth, I would stay away from those for awhile.

When done with your dough, don't throw it away unless its dirty! I keep mine in a tightly sealed tupperware container and it has kept pretty well so far! Although, I can't wait for it to "go bad" or "get dirty" because that means I get to make some more. I think I heard someone say they made pumpkin cloud dough?! Sign me up for that!

1 comment:

  1. How fun!!! I may just have to try this today :) thanks for a great idea


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