While I love this time of year, the weather changing and snowfall always comes with miserable migraines for me. When your knocked down from a migraine taking care of littles is not the easiest thing to do. This taste safe peppermint cloud dough is one of my favorite go-to sensory play bins on those days that a headache has me down. Not only is it easy to throw together and clean up, but it also has a really refreshing pick me up scent.
Another thing that I absolutely adore about this taste safe cloud dough recipe is that it is made of everyday ingredients that I already have in the home. My kids love helping make this and they will play with it for days!
Ingredients Needed for Taste Safe Peppermint Cloud Dough
- Flour (buy here)
- Oil (buy here)
- Peppermint Oil (buy here)
- Gel Food Dye (buy here)
- Christmas Tree Tray (buy here)
- Peppermint Spoons (buy here)
- Fine Motor Tools (buy here)
How to Make Taste Safe Peppermint Cloud Dough
To make our cloud dough we used a ratio of 1:8 (1 cup of oil per 8 cups of flour). I originally planned on making this red and green for Christmas colors, but my kids had something else in mind…so I went with the flow.
In your container you are going to mix your oil, flour, and dye. For this batch we used pure almond sweet oil because it is amazing for dry skin, but any type of carrier oil or vegetable oil will work.
Dig your hands in and get messy! Mix up your cloud dough until it is moldable yet still fluffy…is moldable a word? Anyways…if you want a stickier cloud dough feel free to add more oil and mix. There really isn’t a right way to do this – just mix and add until you reach a consistency that you like. For this batch we did end up using what we had left of red gel food dye, which was about half the container (maybe a little more).
Once you have reached a consistency that you like add in your peppermint oil.
Ok…so this one might be slightly controversial, but not all essential oils are safe to ingest. I personally use Young Living because it is a brand that I trust, but there are just as many other reputable brands out there. That said, there are also a lot of brands out there that sell essential oils that are not even remotely close to being essential oils. So, if you go the essential oils route please make sure that what you are using is an essential oil and that it is marked as a dietary supplement. If the bottle says aromatic or topical you can still use it, just realize that it would not at that point be taste safe.
An alternative to using an essential oil is to use peppermint extract.
With both of those options add in a little at a time until you reach a scent level that you are happy with. For us it did not take much! We used 5-7 drops and it smelled heavenly!
Then add in your scoops and play! My kids loved using peppermint spoons to scoop and pour. We did have some issues with peppermint snow balls making their way across the island in our kitchen…but, it was a lot of fun!