Cloud DOUGH, that is! I found this pin on Pinterest (where else?) You use 8 parts flour to 1 part baby oil (So 8 cups of flour, 1 cup of baby oil, or change amount to suit your needs!), mix it up with your hands, and you have this moldable, crumbly, powdery, super-soft play stuff to have fun with!
It feels powdery in your hands, but when you squish it together like you're making a snowbal, it mushes and holds shape! We made little "sandcastles" using teacups, funnels, and other small kitchen items. And, as you might've guessed, we added GLITTER! Why not, right? I add glitter to anything I can, really. :)
It is, in fact, quite messy. That doesn't bother me, but be prepared! It doesn't stick like regular playdoh would, though, so all it takes is a minute or two with the vacuum and you're all set for your next activity!
We put a lid on ours to save it for later - seems like a shame to throw it out after one use! This is one project we do only while Miss Lucca naps, though. She will eat ANYTHING... and I'm pretty sure I don't want her ingesting baby oil!
I love sensory activities! Anything you can stick your hands right in and scoop, pour, pile up... that's right up my alley.
Another reason this particular activity jumped out at me: Raina has been interested in (among other things!) clouds lately. It started as wanting to know at any given time if it was going to rain. Then she thought EVERY cloud meant rain... so we started talking about the different types of clouds, weather, all that good misty stuff. We got a couple books out of the library, inspected the humidifier mist, even found some old Bill Nye the Science Guy (!) on YouTube. Now, I'm not sure THIS has anything to do with actual real clouds, but it was a fun tie in, and we talked about clouds a little while we did it - mostly what we thought they might or might not feel like.
I'm pretty sure Raina is going to ace science when she's older!