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Make Homemade Colored Cloud Dough

Who’s ready for some entertaining messy summer activities? Have hands-on fun with this simple recipe for homemade colored “cloud dough”: a soft, moldable powdery dough that provides tons of tactile fun for kiddos.

Make Colored Cloud Dough

What You Need To Make Colored Cloud Dough:


  • A plastic bin
  • 8 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of baby oil
  • Non-toxic powdered tempera paint for colorant
  • Disposable utensils to stir with
  • Disposable bowls
  • Cups, scoops, cookie cutters, ice cube molds for play

We were inspired by the recipe for colored cloud dough from Happy Hooligans.

Where to get materials: We found some of our materials at the dollar store, including the baby oil, plastic shoebox bin, and ice cube molds. We bought powdered tempera online, but you can also find it at your local art supply store or educational store. Alternately, you can substitute oil- or gel-based food coloring to color the dough (but water-based food coloring won’t work).

Making homemade cloud dough

1. Measure 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil into a plastic bin.

2. Stir ingredients together until well mixed. It’s perfectly fine to finish this step with your hands! The dough should mold together easily.

Making colored homemade cloud dough

3. Measure 1 cup of dough into bowls, then add a spoonful of one color of powdered tempera into each bowl. Mix with a spoon until combined.

Molding homemade cloud dough

4. Have fun molding your dough and making a mess!

Homemade colored cloud dough recipe

Tip: This homemade cloud dough is a messy activity, so it’s best played with outside.

Add scoops, cups, utensils, cookie cutters, and dollar store ice cube molds to the table to encourage creative play.

Use a dollar store ice cube  mold with homemade cloud dough

We found shaped ice cube molds at our local dollar store.

Homemade Cloud Dough recipe

These kid-friendly cookie cutters are from our local craft store.

Homemade cloud dough recipe

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Homemade Cloud Dough Recipe


Heather Mann is the mother of four boys, and is constantly on the lookout for fun games, activities, and recipes to keep her busy boys, well, busy. She designs and shares clever crafts with a frugal twist at her site Dollar Store Crafts and ideas for being the best mom ever (on a budget) at Dollar Store Mom.