Hot Chocolate Cloud Dough
Finding some time to yourself without a child demanding your attention is difficult to say the least, especially if you have a toddler. But interesting your toddler in some self-directed play can help you buy a few moments to yourself. I'm especially a huge fan of Sensory play and it's my go-to when I need my son to entertain himself for a little bit.
In honor of the "fall" season (as fall-ish as it can get in Arizona haha) I put together an easy hot chocolate sensory bin for my two year old and he loved it!
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What you Need:
- A shallow bin
- Utensils (cups, scoopers, cookie cutters, etc) These Cookie Cutters are super cute and come with their own storage container that doubles as a rolling pin! Check it out!)
- A pack of Instant Hot Chocolate
- Coconut Oil (you can use vegetable oil if you don't have coconut oil on hand)
In the bin slowly mix together the coconut oil and flour until you can pack it together (Boom! You just made cloud dough!). Then add in the instant hot chocolate and nut meg and let your little one have at it!
I used the dollar store nutmeg and let my son sprinkle in as much as he wanted. It gives off a lovely scent that adds to their sensory experience. This mixture is also completely taste safe so you won't have to stress if your child has a tendency to place things in their mouth. The mix of oil and flour and the overwhelming taste of a mass amount of nutmeg is usually a pretty good deterrent after the first taste anyway. This can get a little messy as well so I placed his bin on our hardwood floor so I can sweep it up easily afterwards- you if you have a tarp you can place it under them or sit them at a table to contain some of the mess.
Overall he played for about 10 minutes the first round, disappeared to play with his cars, then returned to his bin that I hadn't cleaned up yet (I get lazy haha) and played for another 15 minutes.
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