Tuesday, January 17, 2012

cloud dough

Ladies and gentlemen (probably mostly ladies though),

I proudly present part 3 in the series How We're Going to Survive Being Cooped up Inside All Winter.

(Part 1 and Part 2 for your review)

Funny thing though. We haven't had snow yet. It's the middle of January and no snow. We went to the park a week after Christmas and didn't freeze our bippies off so who knows? Maybe we'll just have to save all these and do them again next year when we really are cooped up all winter.


Cloud Dough

Here's what you need:

8 cups of plain flour

1 cup of baby oil

Lots of patience and a disregard for messes

I had plenty of the first 2 ingredients so I doubled the recipe. Turns out I had a bottle of baby oil under the bathroom sink. I think it was my grandma's. I never used baby oil on my babies so the bottle was full. I sure love the way that stuff smells.

I for sure had way less than enough of that last ingredient. I try. I honestly do. I don't want to be the mom whose kids go into therapy later in life and find out that the root of all their problems is a mother who didn't let them make messes. So here I am exposing them to potentially messy situations.

I spread out the spare shower curtain and let them have at it.

Cate donated some bowls and spoons from her kitchen for scooping and molding.

It's pretty cool stuff. You can shape it and then crumble it. And it smells good.

I guess you should be careful if your kid is small enough to possibly eat the stuff. Not sure baby oil is good for your innards.

You can even mix it up. It makes an excellent cake batter. Or cookie dough.

It vacuums up quite nicely should any huge amount make it off the spare shower curtain and all over the floor.

Did I mention that it smells good?

Our tub of cloud dough is currently in the back garage. It's been a few months. I think I'm ready to tackle it again.

The kids haven't asked to play with it again so maybe it's not as awesome as I thought it would be.

Or maybe they're just good at forgetting things.

Looks like there's actual snow in the forecast for this week so maybe we'll give it another try.

Wish me luck.

p.s. If you're concerned that baby oil is made from a non-renewable resource (as was somebody in the comments in that link above), looks like you can use olive oil. Sure, it won't smell as good but looks like we've only got one planet and we don't want to destroy it, one batch of cloud dough at a time.


debra said...

I try to be pretty good at ignoring messes, but I'm pretty sure that looks like more than I can handle. We had moon dough at our house for one day. Brady even got it for a birthday present. It quickly found the garbage. I'm such a mean mom.

Cathy said...

It's messy but it smells so good. Glad I'm not the only mean mom out there.

Angie said...

that looked so fun I want to be one of your kids I lovethe smell of baby oil love angie player

Arlene (CK) said...

Looks like they had fun, so I guess you're not THAT mean!