I am writing a short series of posts entitled "Super Easy Sensory Play". Activities included in the series all contain two or fewer ingredients and are items that are generally found in any house, so no need to run to the store for specialty items. I hope that you will give them all a try! You can read the other posts in the series here:
Cloud Dough is so fluffy, soft, and moldable - it's one of our favorites! There are two ways to make it. If you have a child who is not going to sample the dough, the recipe is:
4 cups flour
1/2 cup baby oil
However, baby oil is dangerous if ingested, so if you are playing with a baby or young toddler, please use a cooking oil instead:
4 cups flour
1/2 cup cooking oil (like canola)
You just add the oil to the flour and knead it through with your hands. The flour absorbs just enough oil to be moldable, but it's not wet or sticky like batter. It's instead very soft like flour, with the added bonus that you can make shapes with it! S helped measure, pour, and mix with me in the kitchen. And since we were playing with X, the cooking oil cloud dough is the version pictured here.
This was X's first experience with cloud dough. I think he was intrigued that it was able to be both solid and crumbly, as he kept squishing handfuls and then slowly crumbling them.
Another shot of his inspection - slooooowly crumbling.
After that he was content to squish his fingers around and just generally dive in with big sis.
He LOVES sensory play, and nearly always shoots me several of these big grins (accompanied by giggles) when we're playing. So cute! I'd say he, too, is a fan of cloud dough!
Cloud dough will keep in a sealed container for a week or more.
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.