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Cloud Dough – Underwater Sensory

I’ve seen the idea of Cloud Dough bobbing around on Pinterest for a while now but it wasn’t until the other day I realised how simple it was! I haven’t got stuck in with making a messy play sensory activity for a while so I decided that this was the one. Like everything I like it coloured but once I realised I didn’t have the necessary ingredient to colour my cloud dough I made do and ended up creating a little underwater themed sensory box. 

Basic Cloud Dough Recipe:

– 8 Cups Flour

– 1 Cup Baby Oil

That is literally it!!! And it forms this soft, crumbly yet mould-able sand/dough. 

To colour cloud dough you need powder tempera paint. Instead we had a bag of broken chalks and I picked out the green’s and blues crumbled them up even more and sprinkled this over the cloud dough. It did colour some of it and if I’d had more crushed chalk I think it would have coloured all of it!

Once I had coloured it I sprinkled some blue glitter in and silver balls to add to my under the sea theme plus I always get a bit carried away with these things. 

Cloud dough set up

I collected a few under sea things; some foam shapes, a boat, sand castle moulds, blue straws and some spoons. 

I set up outside and Amelia was pretty excited when she saw it. To her it was just like sand which she loves playing with but it had the added entertainment of new things to play with. 


We blew the cloud dough through the straws and made cloud dough starfish and shells! 

Amelia just loved squeezing it in her hands, seeing it form a shape then crushing the shape with her spoon. I don’t know if she fully understood the theme but it doesn’t hurt to do messy play/sensory activities with a theme to help her learn. I talked to her about the fish, the boats and the sea while we were doing it and all the different noises they make which she loved joining in with. 

Cloud Dough play collage

Amelia actually played with this for well over an hour and think she would have carried on had it not been lunch time. 

I will definitely be doing this again and with a different theme each time and I will be investing in the right tools to colour it as you all know how much I love coloured sensory play! 

You can also add baking powder and vinegar to make it fizz and different essential oils to make scented cloud dough, the options with sensory play are endless. 

It wasn’t too messy as it was contained in a box and just left a few flour marks on your hands after use.   

It was so easy to make a sensory bin from just bits we had with the added texture of the cloud dough and now I’ve got the sensory play bug I won’t be waiting so long before we do it again.

Let me know if you’ve done something similar.

Thanks for reading!xx



  1. 29th April 2015 / 6:37 pm

    I have been planning on doing this for ages, and now you have convinced me to do it soon!! It looks like so much fun! 🙂 xxx

  2. 2nd May 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Ah this looks so fun! I don’t do enough sensory or learning play with Oscar I don’t think, so maybe we’ll give this a go. A good excuse to buy flour too (not that I want to make any cakes…!)

  3. 4th May 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Oh this is so fab!

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