Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Inspired Cloud Dough

Welcome back for another month of  12 Months of Sensory Dough Recipes where several bloggers get together to share the exciting sensory dough recipes and a variety of twists and turns. It is our hope that you will have a one-stop resource for all things Sensory Dough!

This month we are featuring a huge list of cloud doughs. Cloud dough, in case you're wondering, is the ultimate sensory dough-it's super soft, mouldable and only uses two ingredients!

I'm cheating a bit this month and sharing with you a Christmas-themed cloud dough, I made for the girls two years ago.

To begin with, I mixed up a large batch of cloud dough (see below for recipe) and placed it in a shallow container along with a few Christmas decorations. 

Like most of the activities I do with the girls, I didn't have any pre-conceived ideas about how the girls would play with the cloud dough, instead I simply invited Squiggles and Bubbles to play by laying the tub out in the play space and then letting the girls explore and play in their own ways. (Note: I've since learnt to either place a sheet under the container or play with cloud dough outside-it is ridiculously hard to get out of carpet!)

Both girls approached the tub enthusiastically. Bubbles, who at this stage was very cautious about exploring things tactility, first played with the angel on top of the tree. Upon seeing the decorations she very carefully lifted them out of the cloud dough with her finger tips and hung them on the tree.

As she lifted the decorations out Bubbles' observed the indentations they left behind and began pressing some of the decorations into the dough. At first she made sure to only touch the decorations but soon she grew bold enough to begin making indentations in the dough with her fingers and eventually she was placing her whole hand in the dough!

Squiggles on the other hand-began exploring the dough with her senses straight away. Placing a large handful in her mouth she quickly discovered it wasn't for eating and then began running her fingers through the dough. Finally she investigated the decorations by looking at them, touching them and tasting them-I had to replace some of the small baubles with larger ones for this reason!

The dough stayed out for an entire month and the girls revisited it again and again-playing with it in several different ways, even turning it into a playground!

How to make your own Christmas Inspired Cloud Dough:

You will need:
16 cups of plain flour
2 cups of vegetable oil
A good splash of peppermint essence

Begin by placing all your ingredients into a shallow container.
Mix well until a soft mouldable dough is formed.

It's that easy!

Note: I wanted a taste-safe recipe however if you want to make a white, snow-like dough and don't need it to be taste-safe try replacing the flour with cornflour and the vegetable oil with baby oil.
Now for the fun part…

Would you call this recipe and activity a success or a fail? Would you try this recipe or have you tried another? We want to see! You can share pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google+. Tag your pictures with #ilovesensorydough.

Be sure to check out each blogger, as we will each provide a different take on the dough, some of us with have the BEST recipe ever, while others will show you our attempts (both failed and successful).

Taste Safe Gingerbread Cloud Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Hot Chocolate Cloud Dough | Study at Home Mama
Christmas Inspired Cloud Dough | Squiggles and Bubbles
Cotton Candy Cloud Dough (Taste Safe) | Powerful Mothering
Sight Word Cloud Dough | Sugar Aunts
Candy Cane Cloud Dough | the Pleasantest Thing
Music Inspired Autumn/Fall Cloud Dough | Witty Hoots
Leaves Cloud Dough | Peakle Pie

For more activities like this check out my new book Learn with Play. It’s a collaborative work, written by myself and 93 other amazing bloggers, mothers, teachers and early childhood educators. The e-book comes with links to over 300 activities!
Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

1 comment:

  1. What a fun sensory bin! I love that you added peppermint oil to make it extra festive.