Friday, October 14, 2011

Homemade Moon Dough - Creating a Day at the Beach

Today was one of those cold and rainy days that call for something new and messy to do!  I came across this activity from Preschool Play a few weeks ago and was waiting for a chance to try it out.  They called it cloud dough, but it made the perfect consistency for sand play.  We ended up creating a "Day at the Beach" with ours and the boys had a great time (and made a HUGE mess)!!  I'll definitely be pulling this one out again when the weather gets nice and we can do it outside :)

For Cloud Dough you will need:
8 cups of flour
1 cup of baby oil (I ended up using almost 2 cups, but we may have measured wrong on the floor - things get a little hectic when the little ones are "helping"!)

We also used:
a cookie sheet for each child (to try and contain the mess)
sand toys
spoons
small bowls and containers to make castles with
seashells

I showed the kids how to pack the sand down into their containers and build with.  They had fun squishing in the sand and shoveling it from one container to another.

Their favorite thing to do, though, was to hide the seashells and then dig for buried treasure :)  (I may also add this to a pirate theme week!)

When everyone was done, I put the leftovers in a large butter dish to save for future use.  My 3-year-old is already asking if we can do it again after nap!
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4 comments:

  1. Looks like they are having fun. I wasn't a huge fan of the moon sand since I had to always clean it up. My kiddo's were messy...lol!

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  3. this is the sand not dough? how do you make the dough? just add more oil???

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