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.
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.
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.
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.