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Animal Tracks In The Cloud Dough

on November 19, 2011

Looking online for some ideas for A & J to try out. I kept coming across something called “cloud dough”. My most recent excursions got me to TinkerLab where Rachelle wrote about trying “cloud dough”. It’s a simple mixture of 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil. The cloud dough sounded like a lot of fun so I thought we should give it a try. Well it definitely did not disappoint and I know they will be asking to play with it again. In using the cloud dough I was able to incorporate a lesson on animal tracks. Here is what we did.

We made our way to the public library to check out some books on animal tracks. The three books that became fast favorites were Nature’s Footprints In the Forest by Q. L. Pearce; Big Tracks, Little Tracks – Following Animal Prints by Millicent E. Selsam; and Wild Tracks!:A Guide to Nature’s Footprints by Jim Arnosky. Both J & A liked looking through the books and discussing the animal prints. We discussed the different shapes, sizes, types of animal prints. (J was quick to point out that like animals we have foot and hand prints.)


We then gathered some plastic animals that we had around the house and A & J dug in. :-)



It was really cute to watch the children make and examine the animal tracks. Equally cute was J’s inabily to resist making his hand print in the cloud dough. :-)

Once they put the animals to the side and simply started playing with the dough I gave them a few measuring spoons and cups. The shriek they let out when I showed them their new cups from the dollar store was priceless.

They literally played with this stuff for HOURS!!! 4 year olds playing with something uninterrupted for hours is amazing.

If this doesn’t look like a successful play session I don’t know what does.

Just another tool in the treasure chest to help nurture young minds.


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