We’re in the midst of Frozen fever! My daughter (3.10) is so excited about the new movie so we’ve been doing a lot of Frozen themed play activities. Cloud dough makes for a great sensory ‘snow’ base because you can mould it into different shapes – almost like real snow!
What is cloud dough?
Cloud dough is really similar to sand in many ways and also goes by the name ‘moon dough’. By combining oil and flour, the mixture is malleable so it can be used in a mould. The mixture will look powdery like flour until it is squished together, as you can see from the photograph:
You will need:
- 500g of plain flour
- 1/2 cup of sunflower oil
- 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut (optional)
We also used:
- Biodegradable glitter
- Frozen figures (these are from the Little Kingdom range)
- Mini wooden cave
- White tray from Kmart Australia
Cloud dough couldn’t really be simpler to make as it just requires two staple ingredients from your pantry: flour and oil!
- Combine the flour and oil in a bowl or direct into the tray itself. Start with a wooden spoon but to really make sure the oil has mixed, use your hands!
- Add the coconut and biodegradable glitter
If the dough feels too dry, add a little more oil and if it’s too soggy, add some more flour. You should be able to squish the dough up so that it sticks together, a little like real snow!
If possible, I strongly recommend getting your little one to help with making the cloud dough, as well as playing with it. Z has been helping me with sensory play recipes since she was around 2 years old and able to follow basic instructions.
- Making the cloud dough with your little one will help them to develop mathematical skills, specifically counting and measuring.
- Pouring the mixture into the bowl will develop hand-eye coordination.
- Mixing the ingredients with a spoon or even the fingers will help strengthen the hands and fingers for fine motor skills.
- Using the cloud dough in any form of play – whether it is used to make ice creams or snow has many sensory benefits.
- Describing the texture and feel of the dough will help boost language development.
- The role play involved in this activity helps to develop the imagination and boost social skills.
As with all of our activities, this cloud dough activity needs to be closely supervised, especially with children under the age of 3. Whilst the ingredients are ‘taste-safe,’ discourage your little ones from trying it!
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