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How to Make Cloud Dough

by Rachel Withers
December 17, 2022
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Learn how to make cloud dough with a simple cloud dough recipe. This is a sensory play material kids love!

Updated January 2023

Cloud dough is one of the most popular sensory play materials at my art classes. Kids seem to flock to it!

We’ve made versions for Halloween and Christmas along with colored cloud dough (my new favorite). When it’s lived its life as cloud dough, add some water and turn it into cement or mud for extended creative play!

This recipe is super easy to whip up with only two ingredients. See The Artful Parent’s how to make cloud dough video and cloud dough recipe to help get started!

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How to Make Cloud Dough

  • Author: Jean Van’t Hul
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Sensory Experience


Try this simple cloud dough recipe with just two ingredients.Learn how to make cloud dough for sensory play.



8 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup baby oil 

oil based candy food coloring (optional)


  1. Measure 8 cups of flour into a large bowl and add 1 cup of baby oil. 
  2. Mix and squeeze the ingredients with your hands to incorporate until the dough holds together when squeezed. 
  3. If desired, mix oil based candy food coloring with the oil before mixing it into the flour. 
  4. Transfer cloud dough to a plastic bin and add toys, molds, scoops, etc. 

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Tips to contain the mess

This one is on the messier side but don’t let that deter you. This type of play is important for kids! And we have lots of ideas to contain the mess and encourage creative play for kids!

The easiest way to contain the mess is by moving the activity outside. If we’re at home, I have my kids take off their shirts or wear an art smock so everything brushes off easily.

Catalina of Redviolet Studio shares her two must-have items for messy sensory play:

  • plastic tablecloth
  • clear plastic bin

She recommends placing the bin on top of the tablecloth or dropcloth to contain any spills. Shake off the blanket at the end of the play session for easy cleanup.

How about you? What’s your kids favorite sensory play material?

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