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Cloud Dough

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I have seen cloud dough posted about on the internet, so I decided to give it a try and see what it was like. It is a mix of flour and oil. The amount of oil is small enough that the dough does not feel wet, but it is enough that the dough can be molded into shapes.

cloud dough 1

I played with this dough with a young boy who has autism, and he enjoyed sifting and squishing it for a very long time. The cloud dough is very soft, and it can be quite relaxing to just mush it and sift it in your hands.

cloud dough 2

Playing with it is a wonderful relaxing sensory experience and would be great for kids who need to experience the sensation and the opening and closing of the hands. You could add some essential oils to the dough to give a great smell and make it an even more pleasant and interesting sensory experience.  My favorite oil smells are lemon, citrus, orange and peppermint.

The recipe for the cloud dough is:

  • 8 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of oil

I made half a batch to try it out, and it was great.


  • flour
  • oil
  • container to play in
  • essential oils (optional)


  • sensory
  • reach and grasp


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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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  1. Love love love messy play. I’ve used corn starch and shaving cream together as well. It makes for a fun sensory experience!

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