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Leftover Cloud Dough No Cook Play Dough Recipe

We had leftover cloud dough from our Go Away, Big Green Monster retelling activity and it was time to create a no cook play dough recipe for the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Series. We turned out cloud dough into playdough and recreated an apple themed literacy activity as well.

We had to experiment with how much of our colored cloud dough we would need to create play dough. I wanted to keep this no cook recipe super simple for you. It only requires three ingredients (four if you include food coloring). We ended up mixing two cups of cloud dough with 1/2 cup of water so the ratio is 4:1.

I urge you to start by allowing your kids to play with the cloud dough until they are bored with it (which for us was several weeks!) but if you want to skip that step you will need 2 cups of flour, 1/4 cup oil, and 1/2 cup water (plus food coloring). That's all you need for this taste safe play dough recipe.

Part of the fun of creating this recipe with our preschooler was experimenting with the ingredients. "Does this look like play dough to you yet?" she asked me. "To me it looks like icing!" So we added more cloud dough until we got the mixture I recommend above. There was also math, sensory, and fine motor work involved with having her mix up the recipe with me.

We've been learning about apples this month. Naturally this led to creating apples with real sticks for stems and leaves.

We always add literacy to our 12 Months of Sensory Dough activities so we decided to create play dough apples with wordy worms!

First we bent Craft Project Ideas' fuzzy sticks into worm shapes and glued on wiggly eyes. Next we threaded letter beads onto the worms to spell words.

E is working on short vowel CVC words so I gave her a few to spell before she told me she was going to surprise me with a word of her own!

She is so proud of her wordy worms! We stuck them in the apples occasionally changing a letter here and there to work with word families. These would also be cute spelling kids' names for the beginning of school. Once students found their own worm they could play with their play dough apple, work on taking apart and re-threading the letters of their name, then take the play dough home as a Welcome to School gift!

Read our other literacy based sensory dough posts for this series:
slime dough on the light table

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  1. Very cool! I got tons of cloud dough sitting there doing nothing, I was gonna toss it but now I don't have too, nice :)

  2. I'm dying over the cuteness of those little word worms! Soooo cute!!