To make cloud dough, I placed 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of olive oil along with a few drops of organic lavender essential oil in a metal bowl. Adding the essential oil is not necessary, but it definitely adds another dimension to this amazing sensory activity. You can use any type of flour and oil that you have in the kitchen. I had my daughter start mixing the ingredients together with her hands.
After a while of mixing the dough, Sophia asked me to take over so she could "wash" her hands. I continued to knead the dough until all of the oil was mixed in and there was no more flour on the sides of the bowl.
Although the dough holds its shape, it can easily crumble. The consistency is so soft and feels like very fine sand.
I placed a large metal baking sheet on top of the table and placed the ball of cloud dough in the center. My daughter used a rolling pin and her hands to smooth out the dough. Then, she grabbed a pine cone and stamped the bottom of it into the dough. She said that the prints look like flowers.
After she was finished stamping everything she could get her hands on, Sophia got out her wooden animals to make a cloud dough African safari.
She also pressed shells into the dough and marveled at the patterns. Manipulating dough is great for hand dexterity.
Finally, Sophia made very merry unbirthday cupcakes topped with colorful pompoms and candles. She played with her cloud dough for hours in so many ways.
We store the cloud dough in a resealable plastic bag and keep it in the refrigerator. We have had ours for two months and it is still great!
And, just in case your little inquirer wants to explore through his/her sense of taste, this dough is safe enough even for very young toddlers since all of the ingredients are edible and non-toxic.