I follow a lot of crafting blogs and something I’ve come across that my kids just love is sometimes called “cloud dough”. At the end of this post, you can see all of the amazing bloggers I know who have posted their recipes and ideas about it.
It is simple to make and, despite its composition of white flour and baby oil, it is not at all greasy.
To minimize messes in the house, I use an underbed tupperware bin with a lockable lid so that I can stow our portable cloud dough box when we’re done playing in the kitchen or outside.
- 1 5 lb bag of white all-purpose flour
- 2 cups of baby oil
- 1 tupperware bin (recommend one thats is long and low to facilitate playing)
Just dump the bag of flour in and then dump the baby oil on top of it. Mix it until the oil has absorbed. Break up any balls of flour between your fingers.
You can let the kids do this, or do it yourself if you’re worried about the initial greasiness. I promise it absorbs nicely.
Throw in some little construction vehicle toys, shovels, kitchen utensils, and cups to mold the cloud dough.
We use clean yogurt and apple sauce containers. The oil in the flour gives the dough properties that behave almost like wet sand or the commercially available Moon Sand so you can build little structures.
My kids do this a lot when I ‘m cooking in the kitchen. They really have a good time with it.
When they are finished, I snap the lid back on.
And tuck it under the guest bed until we’re ready to play with our cloud dough another day!
As a side note, I recommended this activity to a friend of mine. She knew her son would probably not keep the cloud dough in the container in her home so she took it outside.
Her son knew he’d rather play in it semi-naked so he stripped to his skivvies and hopped on in the tub.
She said he had a great time. Looks like a winner of a time to me, too.
Keep this in mind, folks. Fun can be had all around with this stuff. And I mean, All Around. :)
For some other amazing ideas related to cloud dough, please check out these amazing blogger friends of mine!
The Golden Gleam made some cloud dough and buried miniature animals in it.
Dinosaurs and Octopuses posted about making homemade cloud dough, moon sand and another concoction.
I’m Bloggin’ Food, Art, Play & Lots of Coffee made some, too!
The Imagination Tree posted a new and improved recipe for cloud dough and even added glitter to it- Mouldable Sand (British Spelling). :)
Tinkerlab has a beautiful post on cloud dough, too!
Tinkerlab also ran a great post on Gluten-free Cloud Dough that is great for kids with allergies.
Make Do & Friend made cloud dough boulders for construction vehicles to move around!
Rainy Day Mum made hers into “Snow Cloud Dough” as part of a winter activity to make melting snowmen:
Thanks to all of these wonderful bloggers, I learned what Cloud Dough was and we’ve been having a great time with it ever since. Thanks to all of them for the ideas and the photos.
If you haven’t tried making cloud dough yet, you really should. I haven’t met a kid who didn’t love it.