Also known as…one of the cheapest ways to occupy your toddler for at least a half an hour. This cloud dough is a simple, two-ingredient exploratory activity for toddlers that might just save your sanity.Does anyone else feel like eighteen months is the perfect storm for a toddler? My adorable toddler has recently learned to push chairs around the house to get to things that are out of reach, and it’s driving me nuts! As diligent as I try to be about keeping dangerous things out of reach, he manages to find ways to put his life at risk multiple times a day. I tell you what, I love that little guy, but he is exhausting!
Any time I find an activity that holds his attention for more than two minutes, I feel like I’ve won the lottery. The activity I’m sharing today kept him busy for twenty minutes! So, that’s like the lottery times ten. Bonus: my three-year-old loved it, too.
It’s the easiest recipe known to man:
- 4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Combine in a large plastic bin and mix until there are no large, oily clumps. I used a pastry blender, but you could use a whisk and finish up with your hands if needed. Voila! Cloud dough.
Store in an air-tight container indefinitely. We’ve done this several times now, and my boys love it. It’s something different than the traditional play dough. They especially like to get their cars and trucks to play “construction site” or make a world for their dinosaurs.
Warning: it’s a little messy, but to me it’s totally worth it to have both boys happily playing for such a long time. It sweeps up pretty easily, too, so the clean up really isn’t bad.
P.S. – If you have any other tried-and-true ideas to keep a CRAZY toddler busy, I’m all ears…desperate ears.
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