Try a simple and fun cloud dough reading activity with your child! Your preschoolers will build reading comprehension skills without even knowing it.
Working moms are super strapped for time! Our Member of the Month, Rachael, knows all about juggling work and parenting.
Rachael is a super busy working mom of four, ages 8, 3, 2, and 2 months. Her time is at a premium and she doesn’t have tons of time to hunt down activities or do tons of prep work.
The Activity Room helps her to create opportunities to connect with her kids and maximize their time together. The activity plans and easy directions help Rachael find fun activities that all her kids enjoy.
“Some days during the week, I do an older kid activity,” she explains. “Usually, it’s science-related so the girls can watch.”
Having easy ideas at her fingertips if a lifesaver! Rachael can quickly find a great activity in the monthly calendars just like that.
“I usually use The Activity Room (because) they’re easy activities to do,” Rachael says. “I usually already have the supplies on hand already. Or I can improvise with something else that’s easy.”
Rachael finds chunks of time in the evenings, after work and before bed, to do fun activities with her kids.
“I usually do it after work, while I’m making dinner, right after dinner, or right before bed,” she says.
Creating these bonding experiences is important to Rachael because of the time she misses during the day due to work.
“Being a working mom, having time with my kids is important because I feel like working moms miss so much,” she explains.
Let’s Meet Rachael
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
4 kids – 8, 3, 2, and 2 months
How long have you been in The Activity Room?
A few months
What is your favorite activity you’ve done in The Activity Room?
Anything with contact paper.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids when you get a few moments?
What’s your best tip for doing activities with your kids?
Don’t get stressed about it. If they aren’t doing it the “right” way that is okay.
If you were to tell a friend about The Activity Room, what would you say to them?
I love The Activity Room because it gives me quick and easy ideas to spend time with my kids.
Share your favorite quote
Done is better than not done.
Cloud Dough Reading Activity for Preschoolers
Connecting reading and play time is a great way to build a love of reading. Plus, it helps kids to work on reading comprehension skills.
We love the book Little Cloud by Eric Carle. My kids love reading the book and playing with cloud dough.
We love the cloud dough recipe from Hands On As We Grow’s week of sensory activities!
Cloud dough is so super simple to make, too. Plus, since it’s just cornstarch and oil, cloud sough is safe for kids of all ages. If your kids have fun with making cloud dough, this post on how to make homemade play dough is super easy too!
Having something easy and quick that is also kid-safe is the best! You can also add glitter or food coloring to customize the cloud dough.
We love this cloud dough reading activity because it helps the kids “feel” a cloud. It makes the book come to life!