Cloud Dough Recipe is a blast to make for an easy activity for kids. With only 3 ingredients, this super soft dough is effortless.

Cloud dough shaped into balls.

Cloud Dough Recipe

Cloud Dough recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients. You only need 3 ingredients that you probably already have at home.

It is optional but food coloring can also be added. This just adds a fun twist with different colors to play with.

What is cloud dough used for?

Cloud Dough is an easy to make dough that can be used for sensory play. It feels slightly like damp sand. Kids can form and mold it into various shapes.

It is also called moon sand. This easy to make homemade cloud dough is so much fun to play with.

Ingredients for cloud dough.

Supplies

  • ⅓ cup Baby Lotion
  • 2/3 cup Cornstarch
  • Food Coloring (optional)

How to make cloud dough:

  • Place the baby lotion in a large mixing bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring and stir with a spoon until the lotion is the color that you prefer.
  • Then add in approximately half of the cornstarch. Stir it into the baby lotion with the spoon. Then gradually add in the remaining cornstarch.
Food coloring added to dough and mixed.
  • Combine with hands. You will eventually need to mix the dough with your hands to get it to combine fully.
  • Play and enjoy. The dough is is ready to play with!
Mixture being combined with hands.

How to store cloud dough:

This dough can dry out quickly. Store it in an airtight ziploc bag to ensure freshness. Other ideas include using air tight containers. You might try using mason jars if you have any.

You can add more baby lotion as it dries out. While traditional play dough recipes store well, this 3 ingredient cloud dough doesn’t last as long.

It can dry out quickly and start to crumble.

Cloud dough stacked together by color.

Tips:

  • You can easily add more baby lotion or cornstarch to the cloud dough until the dough is the consistency that you prefer. We like it to be silky smooth.
  • If the dough is too dry, add in more lotion.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add in more cornstarch. This should help prevent it from sticking to hands.
  • While conditioner can be substituted for baby lotion, lotion is best to use if your child has sensitive skin.
  • Cornstarch is known as corn flour in the UK if we have any readers from that area.
  • Contain the mess by placing a plastic tablecloth down before playing with it. You can easily shake the tablecloth off once you are finished playing.
  • Once the cloud dough has reached its shelf life, simply add a little bit of water and turn it into cement for even more playtime.
Cloud dough shaped into balls.

Variations:

  • Food colouring. Try using different colors to make a variety of colors.
  • Hair conditioner. This fluffy cloud dough recipe can be made using hair conditioner. Just substitute conditioner for the baby lotion.
  • Glitter. You can add a sprinkle of glitter to the ingredients for a fun and whimsical final product. Just note that it is more messy.

    You can use any inexpensive brand that smells good. Conditioner makes the cloud dough more sticky and oiler.
Cloud dough stacked on top of each other.

Make Cloud Dough for an easy DIY!

Try making cloud dough the next time the kids are bored. With so few ingredients, you might already have the supplies on hand.

It comes together quickly and easily for a great activity. Children love making and playing with this. Cloud Dough is a really fun sensory activity that won’t ruin your budget.

The entire DIY is very inexpensive to make. Make some today!

Cloud dough stacked on each other.

Print this Easy cloud dough recipe:

Cloud Dough

One Crazy Mom
Cloud Dough Recipe is a blast to make for an easy activity for kids. With only 3 ingredients, this super soft dough is effortless.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1

Equipment

  • ⅓ cup Baby Lotion
  • 2/3 cup Cornstarch
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Place the baby lotion in a bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring and stir with a spoon until the lotion is the color that you prefer.
  • Then add in approximately half of the cornstarch and stir it into the baby lotion with the spoon. Then gradually add in the remaining cornstarch. You will eventually need to mix the dough with your hands to get it to combine fully.
  • Then the dough is ready to play with!

Notes

You can easily add more baby lotion or cornstarch to the cloud dough until the dough is the consistency that you prefer. If the dough is too dry, add in more lotion. If the dough is too sticky, add in more cornstarch.
This dough can dry out quickly. Store it in an airtight bag and add more baby lotion as it dries out.
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Cloud dough shaped into balls.

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