Sunday, 16 February 2014

Our Fun with Cloud Dough

I have made cloud dough in my classroom and for my own children using a fairly simple recipe, although recently I have seen a super simple recipe using just two common household ingredients, that creates a lovely silky and stretchy texture.
How cool is that!!
 I have been wanting to give it a go for the longest time,
however it was this post by Kate at Laughing Kids Learn
that made me desperate to try it!! 

I will share my cloud dough recipe at the end of this post. 
Please click on this link to see details on how Kate from Laughing Kids Learn made the 2 ingredient version of the cloud dough shown here.
Hman does enjoy cooking activities such as the measuring, pouring and mixing for short bursts of time so I thought this recipe with only two ingredients was the perfect opportunity for him to get really involved and to be able to not only see but play with the results immediately!! 

Below are some snaps of us enjoying this fun task!!

 We've been working on Hman's expressive language development so during this task I focused on the action words he was doing.
Squeeze, fill.
measuring out 1cup of hair conditioner (the cheapest you can find)

 Tip, pour

adding in the 2 1/4 cups of cornflour

Hman has also been working on using two hands together so mixing the ingredients together was the perfect opportunity to practice by holding the bowl with one hand and stirring the spoon with the other. He needed some assistance to get this right so I didn't manage to get a photo but you can see how good this is for strengthening those arm muscles. 

I love that he was willing to get his hands messy!! It was just so inviting.
The delightful smell and silky texture is a treat for the senses!!
It provides many opportunities to extend vocabulary!!
Smooth, stretchy, squishy, squash, pull, push, roll, poke, stretch, pinch. 
Also, share, mine, yours, please and thankyou. 

Hman was very thrilled that he had made something he could share with his sister.
Miss M- "Wow Harrison, this is great, thankyou!"

The recipe I have used in the past for cloud dough also creates a super silky smooth texture it is not as stretchy but will hold it's shape so can be used for 3d constructions. It will require adult assistance as it involves heating. 
Miss M had fun last Christmas making ornaments from it!

Our Cloud Dough

2 cups bi-carbonate soda
1 cup corn flour 
1 1/2 cups water

To Make
Put all ingredients in saucepan and cook on stove until it looks line mashed potatoes.
Let cool then play!
You can leave them to dry over 2-3days then paint them with edicole or normal paint.

Safety Disclaimer~ always supervise young children during play with cloud dough

Play and Learn

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