We love a bit of sensory play in our house, it’s one of our favourite activities to do actually. My girls love the variations of sensory play and the only limit of what you can do is that of your own imagination! What I love about some sensory play too is the sheer simplicity of it and that of what you need to create an activity. Convenience is no laughing matter and when you can on a whim decide to whip something up in 20 minutes that can occupy your Little Feet for a good hour then this is surely a silver lining to any day that is perhaps about to take a nose dive.
If you haven’t heard of Cloud Dough before then let me be the first to tell you, it is basically made of flour and oil. That’s it! If you want to make it more colourful then you simply add chalk dust or if you are a baker and sweet maker you can also use candy colouring - Wilton do some. Normal food colouring won’t take as it is water based and oil and water don’t mix. So, if you aren’t worried that your Little Feet will stuff their faces with the dough I’d say chalk is fine. If they are still experiencing life with their mouths then perhaps consider purchasing some of Wilton’s Candy Colouring pots. I’m sure other brands will do their own versions.
What you will need:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of vegatable/sunflower oil
1 jumbo chalk
A knife and or grater
Some cookie cutters
Tray or some kind
Pour your flour and oil into a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.
Your mixture will slowly come together.
Grate your jumbo chalk so that it becomes a pile of coloured dust.
Pour in your chalk dust into the bowl and mix until your whole mixture has turned that colour.
Transfer your dough mixture to your tray, flatten it out, roll it in a ball, use your cookie cutters all the while showing you toddler what it can do. It should be silky soft and you should be able to make it hold in a ball or a cookie cutter and then just as easily be squished!
You’ll find lots of different versions of this on Pinterest and most of them are beautifully coloured and are photographed just as beautifully. Buuuuuut sometimes I think it’s good to show that in realty things don’t always look pretty, especially if you are trying to quickly whip something up for your child to play with. Not everything is always beautiful and in this case, Little Feet B was just impatient waiting for me to grate all the chalk. Hence why we have big pieces of chalk in with the chalk dust too. And you know what, that’s ok. It kind of reminded me of what some marbles looked like growing up? Anyone else play with marbles in the playground?!
Little Feet B was at our kitchen table playing with our Silky Cloud Dough for a good hour as I pottered round the kitchen. What is great about this activity was that she helped in making the stuff too, so this added to the experience as she got to put on her apron, stand on the chair and do it herself. The being able to play with it afterwards to meant that was able to see the separate components get put together and become something new. Something she could manipulate with her hands and cookie cutters.