Have you ever heard of cloud dough?
I hadn't until this week and it is one of my new favourite things. Apart from how ridiculously easy it is to make (and I'll get to that in a second) it is such a great sensory activity for little fingers.
Kids learn with their hands, there is a reason they have to touch EVERYTHING, it's how their little brains come to grips with all sorts of stuff - awesome pun intended. So when I heard someone talking about cloud dough I thought why not, should buy me enough time for a quiet coffee.
So what is it? It's a powdery dough that can be made into shapes but will crumble back to a breadcrumb-like consistency. You can make the perfect sandcastle with it every time and it lends itself to all sorts of tools like scoops, cookie cutters and stamps. This is great for strengthening little hand muscles that are learning how to hold things like pencils.
Four cups of plain flour
Half a cup of veggie oil
Lot of glitter
Chuck it all in a big bowl and stir until it has a breadcrumb like consistency. You can also add scented oils if you want it to smell good but it was hard enough getting Squawk not to eat it as is.
Awesome, they had fun, I had coffee, we survived another rainy morning inside without anyone trying to kill anyone, AND it goes up the vacuum easily unlike some other Doh we won't mention. Winning.
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Thanks for popping by, let me know if you give it a go xoxox Babs