Let’s Get Messy: Fun with Cloud Dough

The following post is by contributor Emily Carter, The Pilot’s Wife.

The day had already been a long one.

What I wanted most from the evening was to put my feet up and watch a movie, but my three-year-old pleaded from the backseat,

“Can we play outside for a little while, Mama?”

The weather here is perfect, and I couldn’t think of any good reason to say no. So I caught his eyes in the rear view mirror and said, “Sure.”

I told him there was a special project we needed to work on called Cloud Dough, and asked him if he would like to help?

The response was a beaming grin and an enthusiastic, “YES!”

 I have had this activity tagged on Pinterest for awhile now, but the thought of doing it inside gave me some pause. The glorious weather and longer evenings of the season made this the perfect choice for a back pork activity.

The ratio we used was about 4 cups of flour to 1/2 cup of baby oil, but we continued to mix in a little more baby oil until we reached the consistency that we liked.

We had so much fun squeezing it into shapes and pressing it into cookie cutters and other plastic kitchen items.

And yes, we got very, VERY messy.

I try to get outside with my son in every season, but Spring and Summer are just made for getting outside and even making a mess.

Cleaning up is as easy as breaking out the water hose!

I can’t wait to start trying some of the other messy play activities I have pinned, but I’m always looking for more. What are some fun ways you get messy with your kids?

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  1. oh, how fun! I think we’ll be sticking this one on our To Do list, too ­čÖé

    Thanks for sharing, Emily!
    Sometimes you do just have to throw caution to the wind and get a little messy!

  2. Such a cute idea!

  3. Your post is inspiring me to really make this happen. So many good intentions, but now is the time to go and do it!

    Yesterday we went foraging for mulberries. Our juice stained fingers were a small price to pay!
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  4. Queen of Choas says:

    This sounds awesome! My daughter just asked me to change her sensory table this morning (yeah, it’s been beans and pasta for over a month…) I think she would LOVE this!

  5. What a great idea, Emily! We’ll be doing this one, for sure.

  6. Oh fun! I just pinned this idea to do with my toddler but I’ve been hesitant to do it inside. Yay for sunny days and mess that is easy to clean up outside!
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  7. Thanks for a simple recipe with things we already have around the house! We shared this on our facebook page!

  8. Great idea, look forward to trying it out!
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  9. Many of the seasonal cookie recipes call for colored cookie dough. This is very festive, but it can be a bit messy, and leave your hands and fingernails caked with colors!
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