Today was World Autism Awareness Day.
As you may know, Mr J (7) has been diagnosed with autism. He has recently switched from a mainstream school to an autism-specific school (which is one of the reasons I’m finding less time to blog these days).
I thought that in keeping with this I would put up a post about a sensory activity that I have been meaning to do for ages, but kept not having time for: cloud dough.
This is a really simple form of sensory play and only involves flour and oil (some people suggest baby oil; I used canola oil). I tried to dye it blue in keeping with the day’s theme, but failed miserably.
The recipe is straightforward – 8 parts flour to 1 part oil. For me this involved two cups of flour
Two 1/4 cup of canola oil.
Mix it together with a spoon until well combined.
You can see the splodges of blue dye from where I tried to add it.
The addition of the oil to the flour allows it to hold its shape when pressed together (like wet sand)
But it will still crumble back into a floury consistency
Because this is all food based it’s safe for even young kiddies – always assuming they’re not allergic to wheat or oil of course!
Mr J didn’t have time to play with it today, but I’ve popped it into a ziplock bag for him to play with on the weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Have you ever made cloud dough? Do you have a favourite sensory play activity?
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