Friday, 15 May 2015

Taste-safe cloud dough - with a fizz

If you've never made cloud dough I highly recommend it - takes about 2 minutes to make and lasts (theoretically) forever. And best of all it's made of things you will have in your kitchen already :)

As Iz still eats everything we have to make our sensory plays edible or she can't join in. So the recipe we used was:
                        4 cups of wholemeal flour
                        1/2 cup of vegetable oil
Yep that's it. Mix them together in a bowl and then you have this awesome mixture that runs through your fingers but you can mould into shapes just like wet sand. I actually prefer the texture to sand - much less gritty - and if Iz takes a mouthful then it may not be the most nutritious thing but it's not going to harm her!

Usually I leave the cloud dough uncoloured (that's why I like using wholemeal flour as then it looks like sand - white flour looks more like snow) but sometimes I'll colour it for a change. It's not that great using food colouring (they're water-based) but it's plenty good enough to keep my children happy :) the other alternative is using powdered paint which gives much more vibrant colours but then it would stop being as taste-safe for Iz.

D's favourite thing at the moment is making volcanoes in everything (see also when we played with our taste-safe slime) so with one of our batches we distracted Iz with a sensory tub of Rice Krispies and toy animals and then got to work...

First D sprinkled baking soda where he wanted the volcanoes to be. Next he squirted a few pipettes of food colouring on top (it was uncoloured cloud dough). Then he got busy with the vinegar.

I love watching how excited he gets with all the fizzing and bubbles. Science at its most fun and simple can be enjoyed by everyone - you're never too young to start! 

(this batch of cloud dough obviously went in the bin after this!)


Have you ever made cloud dough? Or fizzy cloud dough? If you've done other edible sensory/messy play then I'd love to hear :)


Disclaimer: as with any activity involving your baby, use your own judgement and common sense. I always closely supervise any sensory play and always inspect items for wear/tear carefully before each playing session. Always make sure you are confident with the safety of whatever your baby is playing with.

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