Cloud Dough Recipe

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This homemade cloud dough concoction is a hit with kids of all ages… particularly preschoolers.

By: Andrea Mulder-Slater


A little like sand (without the grit) and a bit like snow (without the cold), this delightful dough is super easy to make, fun to work with and easy to clean up.

And, children who participate in sensory activities (like sifting through snow dough) demonstrate greater problem solving, decision-making, communication and creativity skills than those who don’t.

So what are you waiting for? Cover the floor, raid the pantry and gather the kids.


  • Flour*
  • Oil* (we used vegetable oil but baby oil will work too)
  • *As a rule, you need to use 8 parts flour to 1 part oil.
  • A plastic storage bin
  • Assorted tools – ice cream scoops, plastic cookie cutters, spatulas, etc


Dump the flour into a big plastic container.

How to make cloud dough for kids.

Make a small depression in the middle of the pile of flour.

How to make cloud dough for kids.

Pour oil into the flour and mix, mix, mix.

How to make cloud dough for kids.

How to make cloud dough for kids.

You’ll know you’ve reached the right consistency when the dough molds nicely into shapes but then breaks apart, like snow – or sand.

How to make cloud dough for kids.

How to make cloud dough for kids.

Once blended, your kids can play with snow dough for hours using a variety of kitchen or playground tools as they build castles, bake cupcakes and scoop ice cream. And while they’ll think they’re just having fun, you’ll know they’re working on their motor skills while investigating scientific and mathematical processes.