Just about anything that is easy to do & keeps my little man entertained is considered a win in my book. Minimal effort is the name of the game, and this little craft takes the cake. All you need to do is throw together some flour and oil and you have a better-than-sand mess of fun for your little one to play with.
Cloud dough is somewhat like play dough but drier and less "muddy", if that makes sense. It is really light feeling. I guess that's why the name is cloud dough. The good thing is it sticks together effortlessly. You can mold it into anything, like playdough, except for it won't hold; it just kind of falls apart. This, my son loves! More than anything, he really enjoyed just squishing it in those little fists.
I have seen cloud dough recipes all over the internet, but I had one concern- my child will eat whatever is put in front of him. Well maybe not eat, but he will at the least take a sampling. So I searched if there was an edible option and came across this blog. Here, she uses peanut oil but states that you can use any cooking oil, so I opted for vegetable oil.
1 3/4 cup of Flour
1/4 cup of cocoa powder ( this is optional, if you do not want the cocoa then just do 2c flour)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Mix these ingredients together and it is ready to go. Make sure your little one has play clothes on because the aftermath is a messy one. I brought it outside with an old blanket to sit on and parchment paper to throw the cloud dough on. We used our beach toys to play with it and it works perfectly!
I never tried the baby oil version of cloud dough, because well, I knew this would happen.
I am guessing it's just about the same. Either way this worked for him, and I don't have to worry about him taking in chemicals, As you may be able tell from his face, it's edible but it is not too tasty!
Although it looks messy it's just like getting flour all over. Take the play clothes off and you are fine (that is if you are doing it as an outside activity). I just scooped up the parchment paper and brushed the rest around on the drive way. I was fully prepared to take the hose to it, but it surprisingly was not that bad!
This is definitely going down as a keeper activity for us. Enjoy & if you discover a new way to play with cloud dough let us know!