By: Jenna Mahoney-Pierce
My husband purchased a book of activities for our daughter’s first birthday. Being a daycare teacher, I love having a new ideas to bring to my classroom, and a girl can only use Pinterest for so long The main reason he got this book is to be the one to come up with and plan activities for a change.
I love how interested my husband is in creating new experiences for our little girl. He has been a hands-on dad every step of the way and he has acquired many new resources. This book is a wonderful example. It spans multiple stages of development and in most cases each activity has variations to accommodate multiple needs (whether its age, allergy, even down to what supplies you have in your home.)
I am going to focus on the sensory activity we tried about a week and a half ago. My husband cannot wait for our daughter to play with doughs, clays etc. He loves being just as creative as I do and wants to give different creative outlets to our girl (we have been painting for a while now and want to mix things up. Due to a few variables (i.e. 1 year old puts things in mouth, and the supplies that we currently had in our house), we decided to make a variation of their Cloud Dough. It is taste safe and hopefully peaks her interest to play.
4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1) Mix flour and cinnamon in a bowl
2) Mix oil and vanilla in a separate bowl
3) Combine oil mixture into flour mixture stirring/kneading
The dough is moldable under pressure but should crumble
Reusable if kept in airtight container; if storing for additional play times check for signs of spoiling before use (mold, odor, etc)
My Personal Review:
The “dough” was more crumbly than anticipated. This could be due to the taste safe variation I used, vegetable oil instead of baby oil. My daughter tried it, so I call it a successful activity. She of course tried eating it after about ten minutes and even though it’s taste safe and smells amazing, consuming a handful would leave your mouth very dry…and yes I did try it.
It can be put in molds for a “sand castle” appearance, which is what my husband ending up trying to do several times.
I did find the consistency better suited for making tracks with cars and texture balls, which is what my daughter and I stuck to doing. Easy clean up and after a week I am happy to report that this Mommy just checked the batch we made and it’s still “playable.”