We have been toilet training O this week which has meant we have not left the apartment since Friday! That’s almost a week! And yes, we are all going a little stir crazy and are incredible bored! I have been trying to do lots of things at home with O to keep him entertained this past week. A couple of days ago I made a batch of our cloud dough but with a twist! This batch had cocoa added to it so it smelt just like chocolate and also make it have a brown chocolate colour to it.
I knew O would love this cocoa cloud dough as our ‘normal’ cloud dough is always a big hit with him, he calls it ‘sand’, which is very sweet! I made this batch during O’s nap and set the box out on a towel in the living room with some beach toys (buckets, spades, rakes, sad moulds etc) and waited for him to find it when he woke up. He was so excited when he noticed it and was actually calling it ‘chocolate sand’. At first he enjoyed just using his hands to explore the cloud dough and moulding it into balls. He then started using the beach toys to make cocoa sandcastles and different moulds such as crabs and dolphins. He then had to add some other toys – his favourite Happyland characters from the Early Learning Centre! He has been having so much fun the past couple of days with this cocoa cloud dough and keeps telling me and daddy to smell the chocolate!
Although cloud dough is a messy activity, I have always found it easy to brush up from our tiled floors, and so far its always came off any rugs by using the vacuum cleaner.
8 cups flour
2 cups oil (we used vegetable oil)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
What we did:
Put the flour, oil and cocoa into a bowl and mix until it combines.
The texture should look like you are about to make pastry but it you sqeeze it together then you will see how it comes together and holds its shape.
*We usually use baby oil in our cloud dough recipes as it gives a lovely scent to it but we really wanted this batch to smell like chocolate so we used vegetable oil this time. Using the vegetable oil also means it’s not a disaster if any goes into the mouth – perfect for younger children who may still like to taste things!