Monday, February 4, 2013

The Cloud Dough Conundrum

Cloud Dough has been a popular topic on many blogs. I first heard of it on Tinkerlab,  it sounded like so much fun. Since then I have read a few posts about the not so pretty things about it. They had me laughing and slightly scared about the whole experience. I decided to face my fears and give it a try.

The recipe is easy

  • 8 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of oil (it calls for baby oil but I substituted with olive oil to make it safe in case the boys tried to eat it) 
  • mix ingredients together add a few drops of essential oil if you would like 
  • ENJOY!
*note I did not make all 8 cups just rationed accordingly *

Here are the the super great things about Cloud Dough

  1. It's super easy to make with things that you probably have at home
  2. It's fun, the texture is great 
  3. It entertained them for longer than most other activities we have tried
  4. Bear is asking to play with it again
Here are the the things that are not so great

  1. It's greasy, flaky and overall a big mess
  2. I found myself sweeping in circles trying to contain it
  3. It drove me a little crazy
In conclusion, would I recommend it to another parent? YES! They loved it and who can argue with something that entertains the boys for almost an hour. I would suggest to be ready to roll up your sleeves and know that it's going to be a bit of a clean up. I know some bloggers suggest playing with it outside. Either way this is not to meant to be a discouraging post just a little truth before diving in.

Here are a few humorous posts on the truth of Cloud Dough
Crayon Freckles 
Critters and Crayons 


  1. Thanks for the linkback! Cloud dough is super fun- but it can be treacherous if uncontained! We now use a covered craft box (the kind for large scrapbook paper- shallow but with an attached locking lid), and it slides right under our kitchen island. Most recently, we made it with whole wheat flour and coconut oil- and it smells heavenly! Looks just like sand! Super post- nice and tidy- unlike the subject matter. :)

  2. You are so welcome. Your post was one so funny. I was thinking of trying to make it with coconut oil, I might have to try it next time I brave the clean up. :)