When I imagine a cloud, this stuff isn’t quite it, but close enough for something whipped up in my kitchen super quick. It doesn’t hurt that the little guy is crazy for it. I typically keep the sensory bin packed away in the storage room and only pull it out for an activity, but it hasn’t been put away in three days because of cloud sand.
What’s great about cloud sand is… well there’s two things really. The first is it isn’t sand and thank goodness for that (I secretly hate sand; it’s grainy and gets into everything). The second is it’s easy and cheap to make. Oh I forgot the third thing, I don’t have to worry when Willow starts eating it, and she inevitably will, because she literally eats everything that remotely looks like foodstuffs and sometimes even if it doesn’t. I made small batches so I could scent and colour them differently.
Recipe (multiply as needed)
- 2 heaping cups flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Grating fresh orange or lemon zest
- Adding flavour extracts such as vanilla or almond
- Colour it with Kool-Aid
- Sparkles or glitter (avoid if your kids like to eat while they play)
1. Measure your flour into a bowl.
2. If you plan to add Kool-Aid I would mix it in before adding the oil.
3. Pour in the oil and mix with a spoon until well combined.
4. Mix in your zests or extracts if you want.
If you add too much oil the texture of the cloud sand will feel oily, just add more flour. I think it’s really down to personal preference. I stopped adding oil when the mixture no longer felt powdery, barely clung to my hands and would form shapes such as balls and towers.
Her face is covered in cloud sand, because yep, you guessed it, she couldn’t eat enough of the stuff.