Rolling in the (Cloud) Dough

This summer has been hot!

Like I get it, summer is hot and I would rather have it be hot than freezing cold during the winter. However, because of the temperatures we haven’t been able to spend too much time outside. We do go to soccer once a week, but other than that we have recently been spending so much time inside.

Lily has a water table/sandbox that she used a lot last year, but not so much this year.

So, I have been trying to find different activities to do in the evenings to keep her excited.

One of our favorite things to do has been to play with “cloud dough.”

Cloud dough is basically a mixture of equal parts corn starch and shaving cream.

Mixing helper. (Sidenote: The smock that she is wearing is from Ikea. It comes in a pack of two and I swear by them. They are great for messy eaters as well as crafts.)

In addition to the corn starch and shaving cream you can also add food coloring. I found this was really hard to incorporate. Just now after playing with it for a few weeks the dough is starting to change color from white to pink. Instead of incorporating the dye becomes like little sprinkles in the dough.

I am going to tell you that this stuff is messy. It isn’t hard to clean up, but it does create a mess.

The few ways I cut down on the mess is by having a dedicated box for it, I bought a lockable plastic storage bin to play with it in, put down a big towel on the floor and make it clear to your Mousekatot that everything has to stay in the bin. (If your toddler is like mine this will still fall on deaf ears occasionally, but most of the time she does listen. It is usually an accident.)

The best types of toys to play with in the dough are small plastic ones that are not very porous. You will also want to have a cup, and we use plastic Easter eggs, that can be filled and then shaped almost like sandcastles.

Our favorite things to use are the eggs and cups, a plastic spoon for scooping, plastic dinosaurs and mini My Little Ponies and small Tsum Tusms.

We have seriously had so much fun playing with cloud dough. It is easy to make, super soft and able to be cleaned up pretty easily.

What is the way you and your family beat the heat? Leave it in the comments below.

Also, don’t forget to tune in to our Facebook page this Friday at 9:30 p.m. EST for our first Mousekatot’s Live Q&A Facebook video. We are going to have a special giveaway so you will want to look out for that.



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