Cloud dough is a lovely sensory experience to provide for preschool children. It has a beautiful silky smooth texture and can smell divine… depending on which baby oil you choose to add to the mix.
Here is the recipe… and oh so easy!
8 cups of plain flour to 1 cup of baby oil.
Then place the dough into a sensory tray.
Next, add a variety of utensils and shaped containers to use with the dough. My suggestion is not to place all of the utensils you may have at your disposal out at the same time. If you stagger their introduction, the children have the opportunity to explore the potential of each item more thoroughly. And then, with an element of suspense, they can be encouraged to come back each day to see what new items may have been added to the experience.
When children are developing an understanding of the concept of measurement (in this instance, VOLUME), it is important to provide them with a variety of ‘hands-on’ opportunities to explore it’s properties. Through pouring materials such as sand, water, rice, beans, peas and corn from one container to another, children start to gain an understanding of the properties of volume.
They are also engaged in scientific reasoning as they manipulate materials and experiment with ’cause’ and ‘effect’.
A little bit of creative design…
… and much wonder!
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