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Construction Sites: Rice and Cloud Dough




What to do on a cold, blizzard-y day?

Make construction sites of course.

Rice Construction Site:

from Dirt & Boogers

I used a cake pan and a cookie sheet with raised sides to contain the building materials a.k.a rice. I colored the rice blue and another bag green, then mixed them.

Tip: Play with rice on a non-carpeted floor since sweeping is easier than vacuuming in my opinion. I vacuumed for quite a few minutes one evening, but still kept hearing the clinking and rattle of rice hitting the plastic of the vacuum container.

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Cloud Dough Construction Site: from PBS


I didn’t have baby oil this time, but I did have Neutrogena Body Oil so I used that instead. I’m sure any body type oil would work. I’ve made this with baby oil before and it smells very nice.

Notice the plastic table cloth on the floor to catch the construction debris. I also used a lid from a big Rubbermaid container as the fence.

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Cloud Dough

Found this awesome recipe for cloud dough by Juggling with Kids. I cut the recipe in half and used 4 cups flour and 1/2 cup of baby oil since my kiddos are younger. I put a table-cloth down on the kitchen floor to catch the mess. Next time I’ll probably have them play with it in the tupperware in a dry bathtub right before bathtime so clean up will be easier. If you have older kids it shouldn’t be a problem. But as you can see young ones think you can sit in cloud dough!