Making cloud dough is a sensory activity and a wonderful way to help calm children who are anxious or overstimulated.
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil (optional: lavender oil or baby oil)
- Bowl or large bin
- Optional: Food coloring, cocoa powder, play tools (plastic animals, toy car, play dough accessories, kitchen tools, etc.)
- Scoop and pour the flour into the center of a bowl.
- Create a crater in the middle of the flour.
- Pour the oil into the crater.
- Gently mix it all together.
- Learn about the properties of the dough as it is, or add play dough accessories, spoons, or measuring cups to make small structures, hills, or pretend cupcakes.
- For color dough (optional): squish couple food color drops into a mixture and mix well.
- For cocoa dough (optional): pour cocoa powder into the flour and oil then mix well.
- Tell me more about the dog you are creating?
- What kind of shape do our dog’s ears have?
- What color ears will your dog have?
LEARNING BEHIND THE PLAY
- How does it feel when you let the cloud dough fall through your fingers?
- How does it feel when you squeeze it in your hands?
- What shape did you make with your dough?
TAKE IT FURTHER
Homemade moon sand is another medium that is also soft, yet moldable. You and your child can investigate the similarities and differences between the textures of moon sand and cloud dough. Homemade Moon Sand Recipe: mix together 6 cups of play sand with 3 cups of cornstarch. Slowly add 1 cup of water and mix thoroughly. If sand becomes too dry, spray a little bit of water to “revive it.” Be careful not to add too much or it will become runny!