We’ve been finding sensory activities for each letter of the alphabet. Even though we’re on letter C, we only have ten letters to go. That’s because we’re taking the alphabet out of order. (Find out why here.) When I began to think about sensory play for letter C, cloud dough immediately came to mind.
Cloud dough is one of those play recipes that you must make because it’s just too easy not to. If you follow a lot of learning blogs, then you’ve probably seen it dozens of times. But for the sake of those who might not know what I’m talking about…
This is all you need. Mix eight parts flour to one part baby oil. We made two big batches of 16 cups of flour to 2 cups baby oil. I used almost two bags of flour and about 1 1/2 containers of baby oil.
Since my four oldest kids (ages 2,3,5,6) would be playing with the cloud dough, we made two large containers of it.
My Five and Six mixed the flour and baby oil until they were fully combined. If you’ve never experienced cloud dough, you should make it at least once just to enjoy the smell and texture. While you can use a different kind of oil, baby oil gives it a nice scent. The texture of cloud dough is a little like wet sand. You can squeeze it in your fingers, but it falls apart easily.
You just need to try it!
After mixing up the cloud dough, the kids just explored it with their hands for a while. Then I took out a bowl of coins that they had helped me count.
We dumped the coins into the cloud dough, and they searched for coins as they played. My Six, who is finishing up first grade, knows all her coins and their values. But I wanted to give her preschool-aged brothers a chance to differentiate between coins and start to learn their names.
As they found the coins, the kids came over to the printables and matched the coins. I encouraged them to name the coins as they did so.
Soon after matching all the coins, their younger brother (age two) came down from his nap. He had fun playing with cars in the cloud dough. The kids also pulled out a bunch of kitchen utensils.
Kitchen utensils + cloud dough = a good idea
Toy cars + cloud dough = not so good
Because cloud dough is made with flour, it’s not so nice when it’s wet. So trying to clean the flour and oil mixture out of crevices in the toy cars didn’t work so well later on. Just a tip.
My Five and Six played with the cloud dough the longest. They played so long that I had to go upstairs to feed the baby who had just woken up.
At which time my Five ran upstairs to tell me something he felt was important enough to track cloud dough onto the stairs.
I vacuumed it up later.
Another bad idea. Don’t vacuum an oil and flour mixture if you don’t want your vacuum to get gummed up.
Learn from my mistakes and try this anyway, okay? I’d love to hear how it goes for you!
Click on the image below for many more creative ways to learn about letter C: