Cloud Dough

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smiling child playing with the doughThis fun sand-like medium is a fun sensory activity for toddlers. Cloud dough is super simple to throw together. All you need is flour and oil. Some cloud dough recipes call for baby oil. I chose to go with vegetable oil because I knew my son was likely to taste the dough. In the picture below, you will see my assumption was spot on.


child tasting dough




  1. Cloud dough is super simple to throw together. All you need is to mix together 2 cups of flour and 1/4 cup of oil. If you would like, you could add food coloring and essential oils to the vegetable oil to give the cloud dough a fun color and scent.
  2. pouring flour into mixing bowl
    adding the oil
  3. Mix together until the flour takes on a wet sand like texture. You will be able to clump the flour together in your hands and it will hold shape.
  4. mixing the dough
    ball of dough in the bowl

  5. Put the cloud dough in a small container and add some things to play with, such as cookie cutters, small bowls, or small plastic animals. In order to contain the mess, I had my son sit inside a big clear storage tub to play. He loves playing with cloud dough and sitting in the big tub. It's a win win!
  6. child with handful of dough

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