Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cloud Dough

We love playdates, and for some reason, all our playdates recently have been messy!  We just love making a mess!  And what better way to improve upon being messy?... invite others to join in the fun :)

Today was Cloud Dough Day.  The weather was perfect for some play on our porch - not too hot, but could rain at any time.  The porch is a great spot for messy play because there is a hose close by.  Makes for easy cleanup (important for this Mommi!)

I had come across a number of references to cloud dough in other blogs and have had the large bag of flour and baby oil on hand now for a couple of weeks, just waiting for the perfect moment to partake in messy play.  The stars aligned and we mixed up 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of baby oil.  Something about the scent of baby oil - I just love it.  This was the softest stuff I think I've every played with.  Very relaxing and soothing.  A bonus of today - my hands are very well moisturized and soft.  The kids had a blast.  It kept them occupied for 30-45 minutes and then we moved on to other outside play.  Later in the day, Zayit enjoyed his cloud dough on his own for another 30 minutes or so.  

Some notes about our experience - this is definitely for OUTSIDE.  If you dare to do this inside, bless your heart.  You will have a mess!  Next time I think I will put some sort of splat mat beneath the play table to make for even easier clean up.  Have water and towels handy to clean up the Littles before moving on.  They will look like Casper when they are done.  I would even suggest playing in diapers/underwear.  The act of taking off Zayit's shirt produced a mess.  If you have more than one Little, I would make more than 8 cups dough.  It would have been nice if there was double the amount.  


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