A while back Anna on The Imagination Tree posted about Cloud Dough – a mould-able sand like dough that looked so simple to make, so as part of our Winter Activities I decided to give it a go, well it’s very cloudy here so Cloud Dough seemed to fit in and it looked to be a great messy/exploratory experience for J as well.
It really is easy to make and although the Cloud Dough is fine it is mould-able and as you will see from the pictures apart from a mat on the floor and J wearing his apron we didn’t need any additional mess containing equipment.
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What you need to make Snow Cloud Dough
4 cups of flour (I used a combination of Plain (all purpose) and Self Raising as that’s what I had in the cupboard)
1/2 cup of oil (I used vegetable oil but equally have seen it made with different sorts of all over the Internet)
Objects to add to enhance the play
How to make Snow Cloud dough and play opportunities for the cloud dough
I found a large tub that we could use for the cloud dough as it stores well and the tub has a lid and put down the messy mat on the kitchen floor. Added the flour and oil and J and I got down and mixed with our hands – we were able to quickly blend it so that it started to mould together as well as was floaty – at which point J announced that we were playing with Inside Snow! (Yes it’s back – snow crazed Toddler with not a flake in sight).
After J announcing that it was snow and he was making – yes you guessed it “SNOWMEN” I gathered together some googley eyes, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, pom poms and scraps of felt and craft foam and he spent a good hour playing on the kitchen floor on the messy mat making and melting snowmen, pretending that he was making cakes (spoons and sieve came out as well) and playing at being in the snow.
I was really surprised at how little mess was created by the Cloud Dough, because the messy mat was on the floor and the tub in the middle of the mat I was able to fold up the mat and pour the bits that had escaped back into the tub. The mixture dusted off clothes really easily and although his socks were covered in it – Thanks to an impromptu walk in the snow! it washed off really easily.