Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cloud Dough, and Alpha-bingo

This week's project was messy and fun!

Cloud Dough

here are the supplies needed to make cloud dough:

  • 8 parts Flour
  • 1 part Baby Oil (you can use any cooking oil, but baby oil smells nicer)
  • Large Container or Sensory Tub

 Dump the flour into the large container, and pour the oil over the top.

( Note: I used two cups of flour, and a quarter cup of oil, as I was  only making enough dough for one child. If you are making dough for more than one child, you may want to play with amounts. The original recipe I found, used 8 cups of flour and one cup of baby oil )

Next mix the oil and flour together using your hands. Conrad wanted to help with this part, so I started mixing, and then let him get his hands into it to finish the process. This was a lot of fun for both of us, and as a bonus, made our hands extremely soft!

I gave Conrad some different small containers, small cups, measuring spoons, and hollow shapes from a shape sorter to mold and build with. The following pictures are some of the results of his free play in the cloud dough.

This dough is a lot of fun to play with and run your fingers through. It molds well, but is also pretty soft. If you add enough oil, you may be able to gently pick up the shapes you make to stack them, or make a pattern. It also stores well (I filled six babyfood containers with ours)


The next activity is something I created to help Conrad learn his alphabet by sight. I found it useful, and I hope you can as well!

To make the game of Alpha-bingo, you will need the following items:

  • Construction paper(whatever colors you choose)
  • A marker (I used a black marker)
  • Tape or glue
  • Some sort of alphabet markers (we used alphabet magnets)
  • place markers (we usually use stones from Mancala)
Instead of Telling you how to make your own bingo cards, I decided to post pictures of ours.

Our Alpha-bingo game
A game in the process of being played

 The Game is played just like bingo, you call out the letter, and the child(ren) find them on the bingo cards, and place a marker over them. When I play with Conrad, I don't show him the letters, so he has to know what they are by sight in order to mark them. We play like a blackout game of Bingo, where the whole card must be filled to win.

As you can see, I used six colors to make our cards, and each card has a different colored back. When we play, I let Conrad choose which color card he wants to play on. After each game, I give him the option of switching cards.

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