Cloud Dough With Just 2 Ingredients

Cloud Dough

After reading Little Cloud with the boys and doing our Little Cloud activity yesterday, I remembered an idea for making Cloud Dough that I saw on Pinterest a few weeks ago.

What is Cloud Dough?

This dough is a sensory delight for toddlers, as it has a wonderful smooth texture but has properties similar to that of wet sand. If you squeeze the cloud dough together it can be formed into shapes but then it will crumble apart again.

So let’s make some cloud dough…

Cloud Dough Recipe


  • 8 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of baby oil

This recipe came from Pre-school Play. We only made up half  the mixture because I ran out of flour. :)

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How To Make Cloud Dough:

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  1. Add the flour and oil to a large bowl or tub.

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2. Mix the ingredients together until it is a crumbly mixture. Then time to play!

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To say this was a hit with my boys would be a complete understatement. They played in the bowl full of homemade cloud dough for well over half an hour (in the record-breaking heat, mind you)! And I’m not ashamed to admit that even I enjoyed running my hands through this silky concoction.

This is definitely one of our favorite sensory activities!

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“It feels like snow!”
This post was first published August 2011. Updated 2018.

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  1. So I read your other post about Eric Carle’s, Little Cloud, and I got it from the library today so we could read it and do your previously listed activity. Now there is another activity to do that correlates with the book-I’m so excited!

  2. Hi there! We chose “cloud dough” as our sensory activity today. We started over an hour ago and well, let’s just say it is the activity that keeps on giving. We added brown play dough to simulate “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”! I am not sure who is having more fun! :)

    1. What an amazing idea! Big Brother’s absolute favorite book right now is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (in fact, we read it at least twice a day), so he would LOVE that. We might just have to do that too. :)

  3. We loved this! My 8 year old had just as much fun with it as my 2 year old daughter and her 2 year old friend. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. I just made this. My son played with it for a hour or so. I didn’t have baby oil so I used Biosilk, which has mineral oil in it, just like baby oil. I even colored it. That took some trial and error and the colors were muted because I was mixing a water base food coloring and oil. I think caster oil would work, but that is a much thicker oil. I made a small batch, which is now all over my kitchen floor. Success!=)

  5. i can’t wait to try this in class! i have a great book written by a friend of mine called Cloud Boy. Its wonderfully simple and touching and a must for a cloud theme!

  6. Baby oil is toxic and can be fatal if ingested. I use cooking oil (better safe than sorry!) doesn’t smell as good but works just the same.

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