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Toddler-Safe (Coloured) Cloud Dough

Toddler-safe, coloured cloud dough – made without Baby Oil so even the youngest toddlers can enjoy it!

Of all the homemade dough recipes we use here in my daycare, Cloud Dough is one of our favourites! It’s an amazing sensory substance that’s easy to make with just two ingredients – flour and baby oil. As fabulous as it is, I often have parents ask me if cloud dough can be made with alternative ingredients so it’s safe for toddlers who aren’t yet past the stage of putting things in their mouths. For this recipe, I’ve swapped out the Baby Oil with an alternative ingredient, and I’m happy to report that the results were terrific! I found a way to colour it too. I’m just thrilled to share with you our toddler-safe, coloured cloud dough recipe!

To make our toddler-safe, coloured cloud dough, you’ll need:

  • 8 cups flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • heaping tbsp non-toxic Tempera paint powder
  • potato masher or pastry cutter & wooden spoon

In a large bowl, stir together the vegetable oil and flour.

Add the Tempera paint, give it another stir, then using a pastry cutter or potato masher, work the dough for several minutes until the colour is uniform and the ingredients are soft, silky and well-mixed.

Playing with your cloud dough:

Transfer your dough to a shallow storage container (a dollar store kitty litter bin works well), and add spoons, scoops, bowls, cookie cutters and plastic moulds.

Your kids will have a blast stirring, mixing, scooping, pouring and moulding their cloud dough.

Cloud dough is so lovely to the touch, they’ll love simply running their hands through the bin, squeezing and shaping the dough and watching it crumble when they release it back into the bin. I’ll bet you won’t be able to keep your hands out of it either!

This cloud dough won’t have that heavenly scent that it would if it were made with baby oil, but it still feels amazing, and your hands will be so soft after playing with it.

My daycare hooligans can play with this stuff for ages!

You gotta love it when a few simple ingredients provide so much fun and exploration!

Store your cloud dough in an air-tight container.