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blobs of pastel coloured cloud dough

Cloud Dough Playdough

Margaret Bose Johnson
An easy 3-Ingredient playdough that even your little ones can help you make. No cooking required. The texture is wonderfully soft and pliable for hours of playdough fun.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Crafts, Kids
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 1


  • ½ cup (120ml) hand lotion or hair conditioner, preferably white-coloured unscented if desired
  • a few drops food colouring (liquid or paste)
  • 1-1¼ cups (140-175gms) corn starch


  • Scrape the lotion or conditioner into a bowl. Add enough food colouring drops to tint it the colour you'd like, remembering it will lighten up a bit when mixed with the cornstarch.
  • Add 1 cup of cornstarch and mix it in with a spoon. Then add a bit more of the ¼ cup of cornstarch as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Start mixing the cloud dough with your hands once it's too hard to get it smooth with a spoon. Scrape the dough out onto a work surface and knead it with your hands to get it nice and pliable. Add a bit more cornstarch if the playdough is too soft. Add a bit more lotion or conditioner if it is too stiff.
  • Have fun playing with the Cloud Dough. Store it in a sealed plastic bag or container between uses. If it gets a bit dry, work in a small amount of lotion or conditioner until it's soft and pliable again.


*This playdough is NOT edible, so is not recommended for children under 3 years of age, unless supervised by an adult.
This playdough turns out the same whether you use lotion or conditioner. It's easy to scale the amounts and use less or more of the ingredients - just keep it to a ratio of 1 part lotion or conditioner to 2 parts cornstarch, and add a little more cornstarch if needed.
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