School is out and it is beginning to heat up for summer in my neck of the woods! Although we don’t have “school” in the summer months I do plan activities to keep little hands busy and big minds active.
Today we did a fun pretend play activity with “Cloud Dough” (see recipe below). Cloud dough is soft and fluffy and will hold together when packed tightly or fall apart when crumbled. It is a very cheap, fun and entertaining sensory material.
We played Ice Cream Shop!
I gathered some simple supplies that I had on hand and our cloud dough.
Then we headed outside!!! They set up shop in the shade under their club house and waited for their first pretend customer…Me!
I had them color a price list and I paid in play money. The olders then had to count back change while the littles worked on fine motor skills of scooping the cones.
Then we switched for the next customer!
You could easily use real ice cream but cloud dough won’t melt! However, keep a watchful eye and provide gentle reminders that it is just for pretend!
CLOUD DOUGH RECIPE
8 cups all purpose flour
1 cup baby oil
Mix flour and baby oil in large bowl. Streak through washable paint and mix well. The paint will look like sprinkles mixed into the flour.