Looking for an easy way to make a no-cook, gluten free and super soft playdough? This Cloud Dough recipe is a fun twist on our traditional playdough recipe. We love that it’s only 2 main ingredients and can be scented with lotion. If you like making your own homemade playdough, then you definitely want to try this recipe!
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This is a great recipe to make if you’ve never made playdough before. It’s really easy to make since it’s only 2 main ingredients and no cooking required! Kids also love the texture of this dough. It’s the softest dough you will ever try!
For our traditional playdough recipe, see it here.
You can make a few batches with different colors or choose your favorite. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and then put in an airtight container to keep it fresh and long lasting.
How To Make Cloud Dough
This is a no cook playdough recipe. It’s perfect if you want to make some playdough and you don’t have access to a stove top or kettle. The mixture comes together easily in 5 minutes (it’s fast!).
This is also gluten free!
The consistency of this dough is different than regular playdough. It is a lot softer but also dryer to the touch and it is common for it to crumble a little when playing with it.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- Food Coloring (optional) – we like this liquid food coloring gel in neon colors because you only need a few drops
How Do I Store Cloud Dough?
To help your dough to last as long as possible, it’s important to keep it as airtight as possible so that it doesn’t dry out. Wrap each color of cloud dough in plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container to help it stay soft. If you find that your dough has become a little dry, you can add a little bit of extra lotion and knead it in.
How Do I Keep the Dough Soft?
First wrap your dough in saran wrap then store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag. You’ll notice that dough will go hard if left out – so the less air that can get to the playdough when storing, the longer it will last!
How Do You Make the Dough Soft Again?
If your dough dries out or turns out to be a little dry after making it, try adding in a little more lotion. If the dough is too sticky after making it, add a little bit more cornstarch.
What Do I Do if It’s Crumbly or Sticky?
If your cloud dough is still crumbly. You need to add more lotion. If you find it gets too sticky when you add more lotion then you are adding too much lotion. Add a little bit at a time and knead it. You will need to knead it for quite some time in order to get it to the right consistency. If it’s still too crumbly, then add a tiny bit more lotion. If it’s still too sticky, then add a tiny bit more cornstarch.
How Long Does It Last?
This dough will not last as long as our traditional playdough recipe. The lotion will start to dry out from it within a week. However, you can easily revive it by just adding a few extra squirts of lotion to it and kneading it in. This will make it almost like brand new again.
Cloud Dough Recipe
- 1/2 cup lotion regular lotion or baby lotion
- 1 cup cornstarch also called cornflour
- Add 1/2 cup of lotion to a bowl. Add 1-2 drops of the food coloring (if using concentrated gel, if using regular food coloring you'll need more drops to color) and mix.
- Mix the lotion and food coloring until combined.
- Add 1 cup of cornstarch and mix.
- Mix until combined.
- Then take out the dough and place on some wax paper. Knead with your hands (you may want gloves here so your hands don't stain). Keep kneading until it forms a dough-like consistency (this may take 5-10 minutes). It will feel really sticky at first, just keep kneading. If after kneading for the full length of time it is still too sticky, add another tablespoon of cornstarch. If it's too crumbly, add a tiny amount of lotion in at a time and knead it in until it becomes the right consistency.
Once your cloud dough is finished, use cookie cutters and rolling pins to play with it!
To store: simply put the playdough in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container to help it last longer. If the dough dries out, add a few extra squirts of lotion to it and knead back in.
More Playdough Recipes
See our Kool-Aid Playdough recipe.