Baby Play with Cloud Dough

 

Baby N is a big fan of sensory play. I love that he can already play not only with ricesand and water but also with simple messy sensory materials like goop.

Last month, we did another messy one: Baby Play with Cloud Dough!

Cloud dough is really fun for a wide variety of ages {E had lots of fun with this colorful Halloween Cloud Dough Sensory Bin just before she turned 3, and with this Cloud Dough Frog Pond at 4.5}, and with just two simple common ingredients, you can have it ready for play within minutes.

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

(N was 9 months old.)

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Materials for Baby Play with Cloud Dough

  • Flour.
  • Vegetable oil. {In fact, any type of oil will work but I think it’s safest to use cooking oil – especially for babies or anyone else who may try to eat cloud dough. Baby oil gives a nice smell but should definitely not be ingested.}
  • Container. {I used a small baking dish for best access. I knew the cloud dough would be all over the place no matter what 😉 }
  • Lids, spoons and/or other tools (optional).

 

I made cloud dough with one cup of flour and 1/8 cup of vegetable oil and mixed well. {If you’d like to add color, here‘s a way of doing that. It’s not baby safe, though.}

I put the cloud dough into a glass baking dish with a few colorful plastic items and let N explore.

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

He put a little into his mouth pretty much right away – but he did NOT like it 😉

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

He started taking handfuls of cloud dough and squeezing. You can tell he still wasn’t really sure about the whole thing – but he was intrigued.

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

Further exploring the cloud dough

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

and letting it crumble.

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

That was fun – now we’re talking!

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

As expected, it was messy. Nothing that didn’t wash right out in the washing machine, though.

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

He was really having fun now!

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

Towards the end of his attention span, I formed the cloud dough into balls for him, and he enjoyed inspecting and squishing them.

 

Super simple sensory activities for babies: Baby play with cloud dough from two common ingredients!

 

Yay for another very successful baby play activity!

 

Has your baby tried cloud dough? Are you up for giving it a try? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. This looks like so much fin for baby!

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  2. Hi, I posted on your other link about what to add to dough. Your baby is adorable! My suggestions…I wouldn’t add baby oil, as you said, with babies or infants, but have used it with preschool. And you can mix in food coloring, Jell-o gelatin powder or Kool-aid powder to get color that is safe if eaten. Also I would use a plastic bowl rather than glass when working with babies. I know you are playing one-on-one here and you are watching, but it is safer if teachers are trying this in their class.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Linda! You are absolutely right, don’t use glass if you’re unable to supervise very very closely AND know your child very well. I’m comfortable using the glass dish occasionally because N has never banged it around, and I’m right there when he uses it. I like this particular dish because it is a nice size for babies and young toddlers, and because it has lower sides than the plastic containers I have. Plastic will always be safer, though.