Flour & Baby Oil Cloud Dough

The name of this dough fascinated O. The ease of making it fascinated me. Just mix baby oil and flour in a 1:8 ratio-- we used 1/4 cup baby oil and 2 cups flour--and you have cloud dough! It looks like flour, but it holds its shape when pressed.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. Messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    O's reaction to getting his hands in the stuff.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    He could make handprints that stayed in the dough, which he loved.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Next we experimented with a waffle rolling pin toy.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    This is O, so of course a truck had to be involved. We made tire tracks.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    O decided this was "snow dough" and we made snow balls! Perfect for a hot summer day. I'll admit there is a bit of a mess to clean up afterward, but the fun of squishing this dough (even for me) was worth it! I think I'll try this outside in a larger container next time for extra squishing.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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