Soft, moldable cloud dough is a simple kid’s craft that is cheap and easy to make. This dough requires just cornstarch and conditioner to make. Perfect rainy day DIY for kids to have fun with.
All children should be supervised when playing with this dough as it is NOT edible and should not be ingested.
Last week, my kids went over their aunt’s house and stood in awe as their cousin played with two ingredient cloud dough. Trust me when I say that they have been asking each and every hour if they could make some at our home.
I was sort of reluctant because kid’s dough makes such a mess. I have literally scrubbed carpets for hours to get rid of caked on messes from various brands of doughs.
However, I was in a good mood and obliged to make them some cloud dough. I asked my family member for their recipe, and was assured it was very easy to do.
Easy to make!
In fact, this cloud dough is even easier to make than slime!
The ingredients to make cloud dough are hair conditioner, and cornstarch. That’s it…just 2 ingredients!
I was pretty surprised. I have seen many variations of kid’s clays, and doughs, but had NEVER heard of using hair conditioner as a main ingredient.
You can add coloring to the dough, or sparkles.
I was going to initially color the dough in different colors, but then it hit me. My kids have a way of really messing things up.
What if they somehow added water and turned the cloud dough back into liquid. The last thing I wanted was colored stains, and caked-on colorful dough all over my floors, walls, and furniture! So glitter it was….
Ingredients & Supplies
- 1 cup of thick and creamy hair conditioner
- 2 cups of cornstarch
- food coloring or sparkles *both optional
- Parchment paper, and an airtight container
- Gloves for hands
- In a large bowl, mix your conditioner, and cornstarch. If the mixture is too sticky add a wee bit more corn starch.
- If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more conditioner.
- The dough should be non stick, stretchy, and pliable.
- Divide it up by how many kids are playing, and by what colors/sparkles they want.
As mentioned, I kept our’s white with glitter to help save my sanity. Plus, it looks more like an authentic cloud this way!
Easy peasy huh?
Cloud Dough will keep for 2-3 weeks if wrapped in plastic/wax/[parchment, and stored in an airtight container.
Make sure your kids hands are clean, as well as their play area to keep gunk out of your two ingredient cloud dough.
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Elizabeth @Being MVP says
Looks like fun. Does it crumble like normal dough?
This sounds really easy and fun! Thanks for sharing it! You or your relative who gave you the recipe wouldn’t happen to know if the kids creations can be air dried or oven baked if we wanted to preserve their work would you? Like maybe if we wanted to use it to make Christmas ornaments? Thanks! Crystal
To be honest, I have no idea, but I’m thinking the conditioner may get greasy if baked? Not 100% positive though. I am sure you can air dry it though since a few crumbles hardened pretty decently.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Well, that seems easy enough. My boys love playing with stuff like this.
Kelsey Apley says
That is so neat!! Plus even sweeter it takes just two ingredients, talk about a win win! Gonna have to make this with my niece and nephew!
Amber Edwards says
Conditioner? Seriously? I never in my wildest dreams would have thought conditioner is part of this! How brilliant! I bet it smelled amazing!
I think my son would adore this! Can’t believe it’s so easy and only 2 ingredients!
Ellen Christian says
That’s a neat idea. I’ve never heard of cloud dough before.
What a great idea. It’s always great to find a homemade option to a store bought product. You always know what’s in it, and it’s almost always less costly.
Jen Temcio @dapperhouse says
AWESOME!!! I cant wait to give this a try!!
Chelley @ A is For Adelaide says
Totally pinned! We are suppoed to have some rainy days coming up- a good afternoon of cloud dough is on the rainy day Summer list!
Jenn @TheRebelChick says
What a super fun idea! I will have to give this a try the next time I am babysitting my niece and nephew!
Mama to 5 BLessings says
What an interesting ingredient! I would have never thought of that, looks nice!
How fun! And it’s great for kids who can’t use normal play-dough because they’re allergic to wheat.
Keeping this is mind for a rainy day activity! Thanks!
Brett Martin says
How neat is that?!?! I’m loving this!
Love it! And it moisturizes my hands while playing with the kids
Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) says
That’s awesome! Two ingredients and so much fun! Safer too when you know what’s in the dough! I want to make some!!
I actually just heard of this tonight. lol It’s so cool how it works.
I did NOT realize how simple this was to make – now I’ve got to try this one out – I just saw conditioner on sale too for like 75 cents! :)
myrah - Coupon Mamacita says
I find it fascinating how this works!
Ann Bacciaglia says
I’ve never heard of this! What an interesting combination of ingredients. I bet you the dough smells really good!
Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says
That is totally easy, thanks for this! Making some with my girls tomorrow!
Laura (Lauras Little House Tips) says
Oh this brings back great memories of my girls. They loved this but I never made it with conditioner. That is a great idea because I bet it would melt at bathtime….and clean up super easy. Your so creative. :)
I had never heard of cloud dough!! What a neat idea!!
That is so super cool! I bet if you use the right conditioner it will smell fantastic!
SOOO coool and easy to make.
Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog) says
I’m excited that I found this post. My kids love Play-doh, and I get tired of buying it. I think my kids would enjoy making this one afternoon. Pinning for later.
Liz Mays says
I can’t believe how easy this is. What a perfect muggy or rainy day activity.
Made From Pinterest says
I love this cloud dough! At a preschool I student taught at, we would make this dough and add a little cocoa powder to part of it, then use it as vanilla and chocolate ice cream in an ice cream shop dramatic play area! It smells SO yummy!
What a great idea! I used to be a teacher too!!
I just made it an hour ago and my kid is still playing with it… it smells so good!
what Amounts do you suggest for a class of 25 students?
Hello, I would multiply it by 6 for my classroom.
Does it stay best if kept in the fridge?
Hi, I keep mine in a small tupperware. Make sure you collect it up as soon as the kids are done & store.
DO you keep it in the Tupperware at room temp? Or in the fridge?
Emma Cobb says
THAT IS COOL!
Stormie Garcia says
How much does this make?
Hello, what you see pictured is about 2 cups- enough for 2 children to have fun.
Tina Marie says
I just made this tonight for my nanny kids! It’s absolutely perfect and it smells amazing ! Thank you!!!
**The store bought cloud dough gets very sticky when in warm weather. Red and blue goo everywhere! We Had to toss it.