Cloud Dough Recipe

After receiving a comment last week on my sensory table post suggesting that we try making cloud dough, I thought we ought to give it a whirl.

It was easy to make and Joseph absolutely loved it! He even asked me if he could play with it before bed to which I had to reply that he would have to wait until morning.

I found this idea on several blogs, but the original source seems to be Pre-School Play.

To make cloud dough you will only need two ingredients: 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil.

When purchasing baby oil make sure you buy a big enough bottle. The one shown in the picture was only 6 1/2 ounces. Thankfully, I had some shoved in the back of our bathroom closet to make up the difference.

Combine the two ingredients in a bowl or other container. We used a spatula to start with and then had to use our hands.

Eventually, we had the oil and flour well mixed. While cloud dough isn’t really like play dough or other doughs, there really isn’t a better word to describe it.

Cloud dough is unique in that it can be molded and formed, but it also crumbles very easily.

It is silky and smooth, and the baby oil makes it smell really good.

My 4 year old packed it down and then had fun crumbling it up.

He even pretended like he was scooping snow.

This cloud dough kept my son occupied for well over 1/2 an hour. We then took it outside because he was getting a little messy as evidenced by the cloud dough on his face, shirt, arms, pants, table…you get the idea. :)

We are storing this in a lidded container and will see how long it lasts. I am guessing it will be good for a long time.

If you are making this for a child with Celiac you could try using corn flour (not cornmeal).

I would definitely recommend trying cloud dough with your child. Have you ever made it before?

  • Sara D.

    We made this a couple weeks ago, and my 3 1/2 year old is still playing with it on an almost daily basis.    I even love sitting there playing with the cloud dough- it’s so much more pleasant and soft to play with than sand.  I gave her some old measuring cups, plastic bowls, and spoons and she’ll sit there and play by herself for a very long time.  Definitely a hit in our house.  

    • Jackie

      That’s great, Sara! Where do you let her play with it? Joseph has been a little bit messy with it which isn’t a big problem but I am just curious as to what you do to keep it contained. 

      • Sara D.

        I let her play with it in the kitchen (linoleum floor) in a bin similar to yours- about 4 inches deep with a lid.  She is good about not throwing things, so it keeps mostly contained to  the bin.  I give her a big cookie sheet right next to the bin to put her bowls, spoons, etc on, and give her an apron to wear.  You may consider using an old shower curtain or vinyl tablecloth under it if you have it in a carpeted area.  Have fun with it!  :)

        • Jackie

          I bet you are glad your kitchen isn’t carpeted. I know I am glad mine isn’t. I did use a beach towel the other day and that helped. Joseph wasn’t throwing anything, but when he would scoop the cloud dough it would sometimes get out of the box. Also, he kept leaning into the box to play with it and that is why he was getting it on his clothes. It is definitely fun. Take care.

  • Rachel E.

    I have this on my Pinterest page as something to try.  Thanks for reviewing it.  I bought Bubber for my daughter, but she doesn’t really play with it.

    • Jackie

      It is fun, Rachel. I am sure your daughter would like it. Just be aware it could get a little messy. We have never tried Bubber before. I will have to research that. Is it like play dough?

      • Rachel E.

        Yes, it’s similar, but it doesn’t do the same things that play dough do.  You can’t use it in Play doh tools.  It’s probably similar to the cloud dough.

        • Jackie

          I see. Thanks, Rachel.

  • Lisa

    I made this with my son a couple weeks ago. He loved it. But wanted me and his baby brother to play with him so it wasn’t the play by yourself activity I hoped for. We left it out for a few days and then really cleaned up the floor. 

    • Jackie

      I am not sure that anything with flour should ever be a solitary activity. Maybe something a little less messy. :) Glad your son liked it, though.

      • Lisa

        Good point,  I guess that sounded bad…I was trying to work on ‘writing some letters at the other end of the table. We have a dinning room, but eat in the kitchen nook, so it’s a great spot for messy stuff out of the way.

        • Jackie

          Lisa, I hope I didn’t sound like I was condescending about you wanting a solitary activity for your son. I was just trying to relate because I have had flour all over my floor too when I have walked away from my son for a few moments while he is playing with this. I am glad you have a spot to be messy in your home. Kids need to be able to make a mess. :)

  • Jen

    i can’t wait to try it this weekend!!!

    • Jackie

      Let me know how you like it. :)

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  • Ryan_Frierson

    I love this stuff…works well!!