Cloud Dough Fun with my Toddler


toddler with cloud dough Toddlers are simply curious beings.  I try as much as possible to set two days a week for some homeschool fun.  Today was one of those fun days.

After we dropped off her sisters, my toddler and I took a mile long walk.  We enjoyed nature around us, cheering after birds and squirrels.  It’s so wonderful to see the world through her wonder-filled eyes.  I am thankful to enjoy those MOMents with her.

Once we got home, we enjoyed some fruit snacks and today’s menu called for a delicious plate of cut up pears with peanut butter as a dip.   I make sure to break my toddler’s day in such a way that she doesn’t skip meals because I have learned that I cannot expect much from a hungry or sleepy toddler.

toddler making shapes with cloud doughAfter snack, we experimented with today’s fun activity of making cloud dough courtesy of Happy Hooligans, which calls for 1 cup of baby oil and 8 cups of flour.  I didn’t have baby oil on hand per the recipe on the website so I decided to be innovative and use a substitute ingredient from my pantry.  In this case, I used vegetable oil and all I had was whole wheat flour.  I tried the version with baby oil and there is not much difference in how it feels.  Here is my version of the cloud dough:

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour (that’s what I had on hand)
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil

Mix with your hands and voila: you have crafted for your toddler thirty minutes of beautiful mess and fun memories with your toddler.  I set out some containers, plates, spoons, cups and her favorite kitchen appliance set of stove and microwave.  Since this is a messy fun activity, I usually style her in this IKEA toddler smock or target apron chef set and lay a table cloth underneath.

toddler messy with cloud doughLadyNOD’s disclaimer: never leave your toddler unattended unless you craft time for a bath and vacuuming :).

Nonetheless, we had tons of fun building different shapes and “cooking” delicious recipes. Unfortunately for me, her Pandora playlist started playing “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” and you can imagine the outcome.  Anyway, it’s not like I expected cloud dough to be clean fun 🙂

What fun activities do you enjoy with your child?  I would love to hear from you and get some more ideas for our homeschool journey!!

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