If you haven't tried making cloud dough before you must have a go. It has an amazing texture which makes a great sensory play experience for children. It is silky soft and mouldable but remains powdery and breaks apart easily again like sand.
This is an unusual twist on your standard cloud dough recipe. We made cloud dough in our garden and my daughter wanted to add some pretty flower petals to the mix. This added to the fun. We also later added some powder paint and the result was a pretty coloured cloud dough.
Time: 30 minutes
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
Large dish or box to hold the dough
Old sheet to lay on the ground to catch mess
Small flower petals
Non-toxic powder paint
I would recommend doing this activity outside on a large ground sheet. Use a large dish or box to hold the cloud dough. When you're finished you can just pick up the ground sheet and shake the mess back into the box.
Make up cloud dough mix using a ratio of 8 parts flour and 1 part baby oil (e.g. I used 4 cups of flour and 0.5 cups of baby oil)
It's just flour and baby oil
Have fun mixing together with your hands, squeezing and sifting the dough
Getting stuck in
Add flower petals to make a pretty summer mix
It makes great moulded shapes but is still powdery and breaks apart again like sand
Add a shake of non-toxic powder paint (dry powder) to make a coloured cloud dough mixture
Adding a shake of non toxic powder paint worked well to make coloured cloud dough
Red coloured cloud dough
Have fun using sand molds (or you could just use plastic cups etc) to make shapes.
Our turtle also wanted to eat some grass
It was also pretty fun squishing cloud dough with bare feet
Notes Baby oil shouldn't be ingested so make sure your kids don't eat the 'dough'. You could try vegetable oil instead if you are doing this activity with very young children.