Taste-Safe Coconut Cloud Dough

Welcome to the last day of the Summer Play Days series!  Earlier this week, I shared colorful shell sculptures and coconut water beads.  Today I’ve got a coconut cloud dough recipe that the children looooooved!

summer sensory play with sweet smelling coconut cloud dough

I originally had something different to share today, but the kiddos went down a different path.  They wanted to make “some of that pretend sand that’s fun to play with but isn’t really sand,” as Engineer phrased it!  That request, coupled with how much we all enjoyed the coconut water beads, led to this cloud dough.

Have a playful summer with coconut cloud dough

coconut cloud dough makes for fun summer sensory play

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Ingredients
White flour
Vegetable oil
Coconut extract
Whole coconut

Other Items Used
Tiny umbrellas
Sea glass
Large plastic bins
Sand toys
Scoops

How the Kids Played
To start everything off, the children and I taste-tested some fresh coconut. Wait, back up . . . me cracking open a whole coconut started everything off! For tips on how to do just that, I’d suggest checking out this helpful video.  Once that was taken care of, we all tried some coconut.  I already knew I liked it, but the kiddos weren’t too fond of it.  I shredded most of the “meat”, then we mixed up a batch of the coconut cloud dough (recipe below).

coconut cloud dough is even more fun with tiny umbrellas

I dumped the cloud dough into a large bin, grabbed the rest of our supplies, and set everything up on our back porch.  Right away, they were feeling and scooping the cloud dough.  They especially loved using the coconut shells to scoop, pour, and shape the dough.

coconut cloud dough is moldable - perfect for making "sand" castles

The children built “sand castles”, decorated coconut bowls of dough with sea glass, and decorated with the tiny umbrellas.  Engineer and Snoopy worked together to create a beach next.  They made up all kinds of stories about what they did at the beach!  The younger kiddos kept busy transferring the dough between bins and pressing items into it.

coconut cloud dough with sea glass, tiny umbrellas, and coconut shells

After about an hour, the older boys’ beach scene had spread.  We had to bring in reinforcements with a big batch of our play sand!  Another hour elapsed before the boys finally called it a day – after asking me three times, “can we do this again tomorrow?”  Then it was onto snacks – playing with cloud dough is hard work!

coconut cloud dough allows for sensory play and pretend play all summer long

Coconut Cloud Dough Recipe
I made a large batch since I knew how much the children would love it –

  • 1 five-pound bag of basic white flour
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil
  • Coconut extract (I added about half the small bottle)
  • Fresh, shredded coconut

Have the kids help put everything into a large bowl and mix!  I didn’t measure the coconut extract exactly, but aimed to give the dough a light scent.  For a smaller batch, the recipe would be 4 cups of flour mixed with 1/2 cup vegetable oil.  Baby oil can be used in place of the vegetable oil if you’re not worried about the dough being taste-safe.

Other Fun Coconut Cloud Dough Recipes

More Summer Play Days
Don’t forget to check out my blogging friends’ fun summer ideas –

Mini Sand Play Set from Play Trains

Rocky Shore Smal World with Ocean Play Dough from Buggy and Buddy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles from My Nearest and Dearest

10 Ideas for Playing in the Rain from Nothing if Not Intentional

so much summer fun with coconut cloud dough

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