January 13, 2012

Cloud Dough

I first saw this fun "dough" at the awesome Tinkerlab back in November.  I thought it sounded interesting and it couldn't be more simple to make, but I just never got around to pulling out a container and the ingredients (all two of them!).  Well, earlier this week I decided to let my youngest make a batch while the older two worked on their homework.

It was fun to mix together and has such a neat texture ~ super soft, fluffy, dry, yet moldable.  I can see why it's called Cloud Dough, it really does feel like you'd imagine a cloud to be.



Now wait till you see how easy it is to make.  This is all you need ~ flour and oil!

We used baby oil, but Tinkerlab used canola and it worked fine too.

In a large, shallow container, measure out 8 cups of flour.
  
Then measure one cup of oil.


 Enlist the help of your big brother to mound the flour into a large pile and pour in the oil.


Combine the mixture with your hands until all the oil is mixed in and it holds its shape when squeezed.

That's it!  Time to have fun.

She liked patting it down into shapes.

My son liked building a "wall" using a tablespoon.

We ended up adding just a little bit more oil, maybe tablespoon or so, to help the dough hold its shape just a little bit better without becoming greasy.  You will be able to pick up your molded shapes if you're very careful, but if you squeeze too hard they'll crumble.




Our Cloud Dough was a big hit.   Every day after school this week, the kids have gone downstairs to play with it (which just goes to show that even when you're school aged and there's video games, TV, and countless other "big kid" activities, you're never too old to have fun with the basics).  The texture is fun and it's really not that messy, plus you're likely to have everything you need on hand.

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34 comments:

  1. This looks like a lot of fun. I think we're going to making it this weekend and pretend it's snow. You're sons tablespoon fort made me think of a snow fort. We'll have to pull out the polar bears toys too.

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    1. It is really similar to snow, Kim. In fact, that's how my kids started referring to it.

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  2. We love cloud dough. My daughter calls it "playing with snow."

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  3. How fun! We received some cloud dough for my daughter's birthday but I had no idea it was so easy to make. This is actually even better since it doesn't have any dye in it. The bright colors seemed to stain clothing in the commercial cloud dough. I'll have to pin this to try later. Glad to find you on the TT&J link up!! :)

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  4. We plan to try this this weekend too!! I am so not a sand fan nor do I care for the smell of playdough so I am so excited to try this!! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is so great, Laura! I love reading about how your son enjoyed it too! There's something really magical about this dough and just about everyone seems to find it irresistible.

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  6. We just tried this today, and it was a huge hit with the kids. I had a lot of fun with it too :) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Thank you for the recipe! I made it with canola oil and added just a bit of coconut extract (I had it on hand and don't use it often), so that if my 2 year old decided to "taste" it (he eats homemade playdoh...ew) it would be no big deal. Non toxic is awesome and it smells great, too!

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  8. We are going to make it today! I bet my 3 year old daughter will love it! :)

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  9. My 3 yr old daughter and I will try this today! I bet she will love it!

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  10. This looks very similar to my son's Moon Sand. Have you tried adding any coloring? It would be wonderful to not have to buy replacement Moon Sand if I could just make it. Does it keep well in a container?

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  11. This looks very similar to my son's Moon Sand. Have you tried adding any coloring? It would be wonderful to not have to buy replacement Moon Sand if I could just make it. Does it keep well in a container?

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  12. Mama Stacy, it is similar to Moon Sand, but even softer and not as "grainy". My kids liked it even better than moon sand. I'm not sure if you could add coloring, it would be worth a shot though. It does last a long time in a container ~ definitely weeks, even months!

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  13. Love it. But with all things, not for kiddos with wheat allergy.

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  14. I'd like to try adding food or gel coloring to this to make it even more fun!

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  15. My son also enjoys moon sand. It's been a while since I've made a batch though. Reading this post was a reminder to make some more for him :) (found you through pinterest)

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  16. A perfect and safer alternative to that kinetic sand that is harmful when swallowed. The lead teacher of the two year olds room where i work at at a child dev center made this and it was a huge hit with the kids, and safer too, cause you know how toddlers like to put things in their mouths. No one had any allergies in the room so we were able to do it.

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  17. I'm gonna try this next week with the kids! I work with four yr olds.

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