Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough – Ready in 5 minutes!

I’m a sucker for a good, homemade sensory play recipe, and this flour and baby oil Cloud dough is something I’ve been waiting all winter to make!  I’ve seen it done on plenty of other blogs, and every one mentions the mess-factor so I was waiting until the weather was good and warm so we could take it outside.

cloud dough - happy hooligans

What is Cloud Dough?

Cloud dough (also known as moon dough or moon sand) is silky and mold-able and takes just two ingredients to make.  It’s amazing stuff!  The Hooligans absolutely loved it. I’m not kidding when I say it kept them engrossed for well over an hour.

SInce first writing this post, I’ve also come up with a coloured cloud dough recipe and a toddler-safe cloud dough for little ones who aren’t past the “everything goes in the mouth” stage.

You’re going to love how easy it is to whip up:

cloud dough - flour and baby oil

Cloud Dough Recipe:

Add one cup of baby oil to 8 cups of flour.  Stir well.  I used a pastry cutter to mix mine, but a spoon or whisk would be fine.

cloud dough - flour and baby oil

Transfer your dough to a bin or basin (I purchased this kitty litter box at the dollar store, and it’s perfect for sensory activities), and that’s it.  You’re done!

Set out some containers, scoops and molds and let the little ones at it.

cloud dough set up on DIY Activity tables

There’s something so soothing and relaxing working with this dough.  The Hooligans were so QUIET while they played!

Kids playing with Cloud Dough

cloud dough in the back yard

You’ll want to wear old clothing or an apron.  Check out the aprons I make from the legs of our old jeans!   This is definitely messy play.  I personally suggest taking it outside.  If you want to use it indoors, I’d advise putting down a plastic table cloth to contain any spills.

kids gathered round a bin of cloud dough\

Overview of cloud dough bin

I had another activity set up as well.  I filled the wagon with warm soapy water, and added containers, spray bottles, sponges and some farm animals.

washing up in a wagon

The Hooligans went back and forth between the two activities but the Cloud Dough bin was by far the most popular place to be today.

craft sticks in cloud dough

How do I store it, and how long will it last?

Cloud dough will keep indefinitely when stored in a container with a lid.

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Want to make some coloured Cloud Dough?

Since writing this post, I’ve figured out how to colour a batch of cloud dough!  It took a few attempts because traditional water-based food colouring won’t work due to the oil content of the dough. Get the coloured cloud dough recipe  here!


If you liked this cheap and easy activity, you’ll love our:

Homemade Giant Bubbles Recipe

2-ingredient Ghost Mud

Fairy Mud

Homemade Watercolour Discs

Expanding Ivory Soap Experiment

Dino Dig – melting Ice with Salt

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