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Toddler Activity - Cinnamon Cloud Dough

Christine O'Neill
14 Mar 2021
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Cloud dough is so versatile. You can make it soft and stretchy, like a cross between play-doh and slime, or you can make it how we have here, light and fluffy a bit like kinetic sand.

 

Cloud dough is a versatile texture, perfect for sensory play, and is easy to whip up. You can make it soft and stretchy, like a cross between play-doh and slime or you can make this one which is light and fluffy, a bit like kinetic sand. 

 All you need for this is cornflour, hair conditioner (or oil, if you want to make it food-safe) and cinnamon. I don’t usually measure out my ingredients when it comes to cloud dough unless I want a thicker consistency. For this activity, I used two cups of cornflour and around two tablespoons of conditioner. There’s no right or wrong amount of cinnamon, but I like to use enough for my daughter to smell it because it adds an extra sensory element. 

 

With your little one, add your cornflour and conditioner/oil to your bowl and use your fingers to rub it together, as if you’re making pastry. You can add more cornflour or liquid as necessary until your dough is sand-like, with the ability to clump together if you squeeze it in your hand. 

 

Set out a selection of tools: spoons and scoops for digging and transferring, sticks and the like for mark-making. My daughter chose these sticks herself from our garden, and she likes to use this wooden cylinder to press into the dough, but again, there is no right or wrong! Have a look at what you have around the house. You could put out a whisk, an egg cup, a toilet roll tube to make rings with or sprinkle the dough through. Venture outside, maybe you could use some stones, or a pinecone to roll through it and make patterns. 


Toddlers love getting involved and allowing them to select tools to use helps promote independence and creativity. Using these tools is great for dexterity and motor skills, get those little wrist muscles working by scooping up the dough! This is a wonderful opportunity for olfactory (scent) sensory play: you can mix any spice in or add vanilla/peppermint/coffee extract to your conditioner/oil before mixing with your dry ingredients. 

Here I’ve added some plants as a talking point, and a tub of couscous to pour in if she likes. Independent play also ignites the imagination and the curiosity that comes with cause and effect e.g “what will happen if I pour this? What shape will this make?”  This is great for role play as well, why not add some muffin cases and play bakery? The best bit (for parents) is that you can reuse this! I saved what didn’t go on the floor and put it out the next day with a different setup.

 Benefits
• Promotes independence
• Ignites curiosity and aids the imagination
• Great for role play - Why not add some muffin cases and play bakery?
• Great for dexterity and motor skills, get those little wrist muscles working scooping the dough
• A brilliant olfactory sensory opportunity 
• You can reuse this! I saved what didn't go on the floor, and put it out the next day with a different setup!

With so many different options for ingredients and play tools, I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with! If sharing your setups on Instagram, be sure to tag @appycreations and me (@playwithmillie) in your post so we can see how your little one got on. 

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