We made cloud dough!! [Don't pay attention to the dates on the pictures, I simply don't know how to use the darn camera to change it!]
I came across this sensory experience on my adored Pinterest, of course, from a post from Glittering Muffins. While it is a sensory experience, by allowing the children to create it, it becomes a cross-subject educational experience as well.
Easy peasy: 4 C flour, 1/2 C oil
Glittering Muffins used baby oil, but since I have little ones that I could GUARANTEE would get it in their mouths, I used canola. Any cooking oil will work as well. The girls felt the flour first and saw that it didn't hold together when smooshed.
Which led to the question, what IS the softest thing in the world. We found out that, "Talc is the softest mineral found on Earth, reaching just 1 on Mohs scale of hardness, it is often used to make talcum powder," via Planet Earth Facts for Kids.The chinchilla is the softest living thing.
Since both the girls made their own batches, until those are gone it will simply be a sensory experience, working fine motor skills, sense of touch and creativity. However, in the process of making it several key skills were incorporated:
- Fine motor skills, especially in filling the measuring cup with the spoon
- Gross motor skills, as they had to sit on their knees to get up high enough to reach into the flour bag, working hard on their balance to not spill as they reached back and forth
- Math concepts of bigger/smaller, 1 cup and 1/2 cup, full vs not full, level vs not level
- Science concepts of liquid vs solid, mixture, density
- Language concepts using the above terms, along with soft, silky, smooth, etc. that we came up with
- Social skills since they had to take turns using the materials to create their dough and wait patiently between
- Cooking skills of measuring, mixing, kneading
- Five senses experiences, even though the Kool-aid didn't do much to the dough, it still smelled and added a bare hint of color to the process. Of course, the little ones, when they got into it, ate it. As I anticipated. So they got the taste factor in there.
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