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Cloud Dough

I came across a recipe for Cloud Dough when looking for a homemade moon-sand recipe and it sounded lush, so we had to try it! Its so simple, its just 6 cups of flour and 1 cup of any kind of oil, olive, extra virgin - whatever - but not baby oil! You can add food colouring too if you want to make a speckled effect, or Ive heard powdered paint or chalk will colour it nicely. We only made half that much and it was plenty. This is a fantastic activity - but be warned the mess is exatraordinary!! :)
The cloud dough is a bit like wet sand, crumbly and soft, but sticks together
These little food storage pots were great as 'buckets'
A Perfect 'Sandcastle'!
Finishing touches...
Going with the mini beach theme we added some shells to play with too!
Cloud Dough was a fantastic activity that we'll definitely be doing again and we'll be looking for new ways to play with! I think a 'Small World - Beach' is in order too! Like play dough and salt dough it helps encourage material manipulation, which in turn improves hand eye co-ordination, fine motor skills, creativity, and has the potential to aid learning about shapes and textures! 


  1. Gorgeous :) You use less flour in this recipe than most I've read so far. (we did 8 cups flour, 1 cup oil). I'd be interested to try it using your quantities and see the differences with more oil :)

  2. We've made moon sand in our preschool using baby oil and it came out great. The baby oil also gives a pleasant smell to the sand. We also used powder paint for color which 4 months later is still very vibrant.


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