I feel so cheated. How could we have missed out on something so fun, so tactilely tantalizing, so messy? And I suppose, I just answered my own question.
Worn out from cleaning up all the other messy play experiences, and lulled into a sense of "it's just one more in a series of dough" kind of mentality, when my own children were toddlers and preschoolers, and I saw the recipes for cloud dough sweeping across the blogosphere, I decided to skip it.
My Sunday school lesson, for the preschool class, tomorrow, is on Elijah praying for rain though, and cloud dough seemed to make sense as a "creative play" go-along.
I found myself mixing up a test batch, tonight. Most recipes call for 1 part baby oil to 8 parts flour (so 1/4 cup of oil for 2 cups of flour). I substituted vegetable oil for the baby oil, because it's what we had on hand - and it seems to be working well.
It's a moldable dough, that holds together when squished, but falls back apart when crumbled or smashed. Which is so much more enjoyable than it sounds - trust me!
I cut up a mold sheet from one of last year's advent calendars to press our dough into...
...C and E (ages 9 and 10) added a couple of paper cups...
...and we've been playing happily all evening.
Making up for lost time.