Sensory play is a great way for your tots to explore and this sensory bin uses one of our favourite homemade taste safe fillers. Cloud dough is similar to moon sand that you can buy. But just uses 2 ingredients from your kitchen to make taste safe sensory play. So here we go our Cloud Dough Recipe ideal for some indoor “Snow Dough” play when there is no snow around.

Sensory play homemade cloud dough recipe and winter sensory bin idea

Sensory Play With Dough

Dough is one of our favourite sensory materials to use with our toddlers and preschoolers.

From a simple playdough recipe (do check out our edible playdough recipe at the end if your little ones are sensory seekers) to making bread dough and baking cookies.

Cloud dough brings in a different experience as your child interacts with it more like sand than a playdough material.

toddler playing in cloud dough

It appears powdery at first but without adding water you can use it to form different shapes and mould it together so ideal for making your own Snowmen inside the sensory bin.

How to Make Cloud Dough

It really is easy to make!

materials for making cloud dough

Just 2 ingredients and both from the kitchen cupboard for some taste safe Sensory Play.

All you are going to need is flour and some oil.

Which flour to use to make DIY “Snow” Dough?

We used a mix of self-raising and plain flour (all purpose). It really didn’t seem to matter which one as both worked just as well.

play opportunities for the cloud dough

We decided that the cloud dough would be a great sensory material to mimic snow, especially where there is no snow.

playing in a sensory bin filled with cloud dough pretending it is snow

Some googly eyes, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, felt, foam and pom poms were added to the sensory bin.

Then build some snowmen.

The cloud dough is also great for pouring and mixing so add in some kitchen tools as well.

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easy homemade cloud dough recipe for sensory tubs
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How to Make Cloud Dough

Mouldable cloud dough like a homemade moon sand. This is a great simple sensory material for play.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Keyword: cloud dough, Moon Sand, play materials, Sensory play
Yield: 1 small sensory bin
Author: Cerys Parker

Equipment

  • Cups
  • Sensory Tub

Materials

  • 4 cups flour we used a mix of plain and self-raising
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Pour the flour into the sensory bin.
  • Add in the oil.
  • Then mix with your hands.
  • Set up with scoops, sand toys etc… for some play

More Sensory Play Materials to Make for Kids

Simple Recipe for Taste Safe finger paints ideal for a sensory painting experience with babies and toddlers
Edible Play Dough Recipe with 2 ingredients
Keep Cool and get creative making your own ice paints

These 3 sensory materials are great for use with toddlers and preschoolers and are all taste safe.

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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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