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Cloud Dough Recipe

Cloud dough is so soft & so squishy & such a fun sensory recipe!

This TWO ingredient, non-cook dough is a perfect one to let your learner make on their own. Help them work on measurement, following directions, patience & more!

Sensory Play encourages learning through curiosity, creativity, and free exploration of materials.

It can be a safe way to release big energy or emotions!

Sensory Play supports:

  • Language development & vocabulary

  • Cognitive growth

  • Fine motor skills (small muscle movements)

  • Gross motor skills (big movements)

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Communication

  • Exploration of textures

  • One's ability to make connections

  • The concept of cause & effect

Cloud Dough Materials:

  • Cornstarch

  • Hair conditioner or lotion

  • Mixing cup

  • Bowl

  • Spoon

  • Sensory tray or bowl

  • Any tools or trinkets you'd like

How To:

  • Mix 2 cups cornstarch with one cup hair conditioner or lotion.

  • Stir together with a spoon.

  • When it is all incorporated, take it out & knead well with your hands.

  • Play!!

A Play Filled Life Tip: If you want to add glitter or food coloring to your dough, add in your conditioner to the bowl FIRST. Next, stir in your glitter and/or your food coloring. Then, top with the cornstarch & mix!

After you mix your dough, it may still look a bit crumbly. Here's where your hands get a workout! Take the mixture out & knead it. The more you squish & squeeze & smoosh the dough, the softer it gets! As all of the ingredients blend together, the dough becomes silky soft, easy to mold & perfect for little hands.


  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it soft.

  • If it starts to get dry, add a little more conditioner or lotion.

  • If it is too sticky, add a little more cornstarch.

Want to extend your learning and play?

  • Add in your favorite alphabet or number stamps.

  • Practice rolling the dough into snakes & forming letters with it.

  • Hide small objects in the dough. Have your learner dig through and find them, working those fingers and hands!

Download our FREE Cloud Dough Recipe Card HERE!!!


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