I’ve also really wanted to experiment with adding colouring to it, and I can officially say, it doesn’t work! * We used nearly half a bottle of purple and then one third of a bottle of pink colouring, and it mixes in just a tiny amount but won’t distribute throughout the whole. I’m guessing this is because of the oil since food colouring is water based and therefore won’t combine easily. Any other guesses? Interesting for experimentation! We DID add plenty of purple and red glitter and that dispersed beautifully, making the whole tub shimmer and shine as they played.
* edited to add:
We have since coloured it very successfully using powdered paints! See our pink cloud dough cup cakes here for how-to!
- 7 cups any type of flour (we used economy plain flour)
- 1 cup vegetable oil or baby oil (we used vegetable this time)
- as much glitter as you wish!
We tipped it into a large, shallow tub (we got some “boot boxes” in the supermarket this week that are a great size for sensory tubs!) Then we found some large and small shells of different shapes and colours, pebbles and driftwood.
Because of the nature of the sand/ dough, it is possible to make beautiful imprints from the shells.
And you can make gorgeous sand castles which can be decorated with shells, just like really being at the beach! C has been obsessively making little sandcastles ever since the tub was put together, and has been making up some wonderful stories about buried treasure and pirates!
Cakie: 3 years 4 months
Pop: 21 months