Introduction: Cloud Dough

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Let me introduce you to an extra 15 minutes of your life you didn't know were there because your kids monopolize any free moment you can manage. Two words. Cloud Dough. We should really rename it to Cloud 9 Dough, because while they'll be having a sensory blast with the dough, you can sit back and relax.

Using only two ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and about 5 minutes, you can make this amazing child-pleaser. It's absolutely great for any age. Just make sure they don't eat (too) much of it.

Let's get started!

Step 1: Putting It All Together

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You will need

8 Parts white flour
1 Part of vegetable or baby oil (don't worry, they don't really make it out of babies)

I used 8 cups of the flour and 1 cup of the oil

Pour it all into a bowl or container

Step 2: Mixing/ Playing

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This is where it gets fun. For you anyway.

Using your hands, thoroughly mix and kneed the two ingredients together. This usually take a couple of minutes, but I totally understand if you're having too much fun to stop there.

You know you're done when the dough begins to get mildly clumpy, and maintains its shape when squeezed and formed.

Although this stuff is loads of fun on its own, if you want to incorporate extras, I suggest silicone ice/cookie molds, measuring cups and spoons, or pretty much just anything that cloud dough can be stuffed into/ piled on top of.

Step 3: Storing

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Store the cloud dough for future play in an airtight container. Really, this stuff doesn't go bad. You know you'll need to toss it when it gets impossible debris in it.


n0ukf (author)2014-01-18

This instructable tells how to make it but doesn't really explain cloud dough.

Squee (author)n0ukf2014-01-18

It is basically homemade play-dough.

07220722 (author)Squee2015-09-09

Ur right but they made it their own

LauraLauraLynn (author)n0ukf2014-02-03

It looks just like moon sand.

A lot more like sand like than play dough, but it still sticks together.

IsaacT1 (author)2014-11-26

can't you use hair conditioner.

07220722 (author)IsaacT12015-09-08

I'm pretty sure u can

07220722 (author)2015-09-08

This looks so cool can't wait to try it

carolyn.gimarelli (author)2015-04-08

Just made a smaller amount of this for our kids. I added sparkles and a little bit more vegetable oil in order to get it a little more malleable. Great and simple project!

nkedz2011 (author)2014-07-02

I don't have any kids, but I made a jar of this stuff for myself. Not only does it rekindle my imagination like when I was a kid, but it's very zen as someone said. And it's fun as heck to just play with!

Monkeydizzy212 (author)2014-06-01

That is cool!

spark master (author)2014-01-19

Ghee an oilier version of bisquick, or pie dough

actually,no.Pie dough needs water and Bisquick needs Baking Soda. Be nice

NetWt4Lbs (author)2014-01-21

I made a half batch and while the kids had fun with it, I think next time will be in summer when we can take a batch outside haha...

chancefour (author)2014-01-18

Is it possible to bake it into shapes that would stay that way? I'm thinking of making a fort for the little action figures (boy dolls) my grandson has .... so many ... of.

colargolet (author)chancefour2014-01-20

You can use salt dough for that:

chancefour (author)colargolet2014-01-21

Thank you colargolet.

thehbird (author)2014-01-20

Can it dry in its shape and hold form

dbillings (author)2014-01-18

Pretty sure my grand kids would enjoy this. They recently learned what playing in the dirt means (yes, that is pretty sad-Grandma had to teach them how to play in the dirt). We always do some type of activity when they come over. This looks like fun.

neiljsalkind (author)2014-01-18

We made this all the time for our kids and added salt so they wouldn;t be tempted to eat it! Food coloring as well added for more fun.

Vox Dracanis (author)2014-01-17

This is really cool. My son is on the Autistic Spectrum so this would be a great thing for him to just go to town on. Thanks......

MossdaleMakerspace (author)2014-01-17

I would imagine the starches in the flour being a food source for molds or bacteria. Is there something about adding the oil that stabilizes the mixture?

flour doesn't go bad sitting in your pantry shelf. It won't go bad here, either. Mold needs water, not oil.

That's a good point. I guess flour could go bad on your shelf, but like you indicated, that would more likely be due to moisture somehow getting into it. In this case, the oil would only add to the flour's moisture resistance, thereby further preventing spoilage. The only way then for the mixture to go bad is if you used an animal or plant-based oil and it went rancid. Mineral oil will never go rancid, so there you go. Thanks

wwaldok (author)2014-01-17

Isn't this the same stuff Moses had orders to bring to the temple?

hammer9876 (author)2014-01-17

Some people have a mental block on how this can be so much fun. Like they weren't ever allowed to play with food and/or never helped mom "cook." A video is in order!

sb4 (author)2014-01-17

If it's anything like plasticene, I wouldn't want to get it on the rug, suede furniture, or clothes because of possible oil stains. But great stuff otherwise.

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tanrazz (author)2014-01-17

Neat stuff, but it doesn't seem as cool as I'd imagined something called "cloud dough" would be. At the same time, it is cooler than something that could've been called "oily flour" would be.

danzo321 (author)2014-01-17

May as well just let the kids have fun as you make pie crust.

NoesisDesign (author)2014-01-17

I don't understand. So you have to like use your imagination and hands or something? (lol, sorry couldn't resist poking fun at some of the other comments! :D)

karlpinturr (author)2014-01-17

Great idea!

I wonder if it'd be worth making enough to replace the 'child-safe' play-sand in a sand table - ie. would it stay cheaper, given that you'd probably have to replace it more often, and could you create a reliably-airtight lid for things like shell-shaped tables?

frine52 (author)2014-01-14

so the way that you play with it is that you mould it into shapes?

karlpinturr (author)frine522014-01-17

...Or do anything you'd do with sand (water might have an issue with the oil, though), except it's edible (but don't tell the kids it is, 'cos they're bound to eat more than is good for them).

CommanderCookie (author)2014-01-14

It looks really cool but is there a way to make the batch smaller?

Speidumb (author)CommanderCookie2014-01-16

It looks like an 8:1 ratio of flour to oil. To make a half batch, 4c flour to 1/2 c. oil. For a quarter batch, 2 c. flour to 1/4 c. oil.

ichu1 (author)2014-01-16

OH YEAH! love this stuff... it's sensory play for young kids, or a zen activity... I have yet to try it, but i've played with the "moon sand" that you can buy in the stores, this is way awesomer, cuz you get more bang for your buck! :) thanks for sharing!

nic nak (author)2014-01-15

It's like Play Doh Moon Dust. I wouldn't use baby oil, as it's mineral oil and therefore not edible. Seems to me, of you want half the amount, then half the recipe! Try adding a few drops of food colouring for a more vibrant play time.

mr.mountaineer (author)nic nak2014-01-15

Technical, mineral oil is edible. You can buy it in pure form as an orally administered laxative. So, while I wouldn't want to drink it, in all technicality, it is safe to digest, and still probably better than vegetable oil as it can go rancid over time.

iphone5Slover (author)2014-01-15

this is so cool

glipzcom (author)2014-01-14

Yeah, I am confused about the use of this. I guess its kinda like Sand/Clay?

Looks simple just not sure what you do with it :D

Cometeer (author)glipzcom2014-01-14

From what I figured, it seems to be like sand with the properties of both wet/dry sand. It's like playdough to kids.

ckraske (author)2014-01-14

Well i must have done something wrong

lebowski (author)2014-01-14

So great! Can't wait to try this with my kids.

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