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Cloud Dough

Extract from Tinkerlab • By Rachelle Doorley • Published by Roost Books


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10 mins

Cloud dough and playdough are two of my favorite homemade sensory materials. They cost very little to make and can provide hours of enter- tainment. The recipe for cloud dough couldn’t be simpler, as it’s just flour and oil. Keep in mind that the flour from the dough can easily spread across a room, which is why we like to play with this silky substance outdoors.

Posted by Roost Books Published See Roost Books's 15 projects » © 2021 Rachelle Doorley / Roost Books · Reproduced with permission. · From Tinkerlab by Rachelle Doorley, © 2014 by Rachelle Doorley. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, MA.
  • Step 1

    Involve your child in the measuring and mixing process if you can. Pour the flour into the center of your sensory box. Create a crater in the middle of the flour and pour the vegetable oil into the hole. Mix everything together with your hands. If you wish, sprinkle in a small amount of essential oil to give it a nice scent.

  • Step 2

    Play with your cloud dough! Scoop up a handful and squeeze it in your hands. What happens? Crumble this handful up and begin again. Build a mountain and poke holes in it with your fingers. Fill a bowl with cloud dough, packing it in tight. Flip the bowl over to release the dough. What happens? After playing with the cloud dough for a bit, you might invite your child to help you find other tools for manipulating the cloud dough.

  • Step 3

    Store unused cloud dough in a large resealable plastic bag or airtight plastic container at room temperature. The dough will keep as long as the oil lasts. Give stored cloud dough a sniff to check its freshness.

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