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{Sensory Play} Cloud Dough for World Autism Awareness Day

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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.

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The recipe is straightforward – 8 parts flour to 1 part oil. For me this involved two cups of flour

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Two 1/4 cup of canola oil.

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Mix it together with a spoon until well combined.

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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)

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But it will still crumble back into a floury consistency

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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?

Linking up with Simple Saturdays blog hop…

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