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How To Make Cloud Dough With Lotion (No Cook and Easy)

Cloud dough is soft, fun, and perfect for kids. Our family loves exploring this delightful sensory material that doesn’t require any cooking. Learn how you can make this simple cloud playdough recipe with only 2 basic ingredients in a few minutes.

blue, red, yellow cloud dough in small glass bowl.

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We are fans of all sorts of sensory play for kids. From traditional Oobleck to slow cooker playdough, our children love to keep their hands busy.

What is cloud dough?

Cloud dough is a term used to describe super soft homemade playdough. You can make this sensory activity with conditioner or lotion. Our recipe below will show you how to use lotion and cornstarch to make your dough.

Little hands can easily manipulate, squeeze, and sculpt this soft playdough recipe. Sometimes, other people may refer to this 2-ingredient dough as “moon dough”.

Difference Between Cloud Dough and Playdough

While some homemade playdough recipes can be soft and stretchy, this typically is not as stiff as traditional playdough.

Recommended Supplies

  • Bowls For Mixing
  • 2 cups Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Lotion: We have found that unscented lotion works best, but you can use whatever lotion you have on hand)
  • Optional: Gel Or Regular Food Coloring
lotion, box of corn starch, measuring cups, glass bowls and food coloring on table.

How To Make Cloud Dough

Note: You can easily modify the amount of materials used to make less or more. The amounts listed below made plenty for both kids to play with and to make different colors.

Step 1: Add Lotion To Mixing Bowl

Add 1 cup lotion or baby lotion to a medium-sized mixing bowl.

hand adding lotion to green mixing bowl from 1 cup measuring cup.

Make sure you choose the proper lotion for your child. If they have sensitive skin, I would use a lotion that you know will work for them.

Step 2: Mix In Cornstarch

Slowly add 2 cups of cornstarch to the mixing bowl.

bowl with cornstarch mixed into lotion.

Keep Mixing

After a minute you should be able to start to knead the ingredients together.

hand pinching white cloud dough.

The dough should be moldable and feel like a softer homemade playdough. It also should not be sticking to your hands.

white homemade cloud playdough in mixing bowl.

Optional Step: Add Food Coloring

If you want different colors split your total amount of dough up into smaller mixing bowls. You can add a few drops of food coloring.

spoon pushing down on cloud dough with blue swirled food coloring.

Cloud Dough Tips

  • If you are having trouble with a sticky mess, use the back of the spoon to push this playdough back together.
  • If it is too wet, add additional cornstarch to get a good mix.
  • If your cloud dough is too dry, add a 1/2 teaspoon of lotion at a time. Knead in between to get your desired consistency.
little girl's hand playing with homemade playdough.

Color Adding Tips

  • You can add regular food coloring to the lotion before adding the cornstarch. This helps eliminate having dyed hands.
  • You could also put small amounts of cloud dough in plastic bags and then add color. Your children will love mixing colors with this no-mess idea.
  • When mixing the colors, use the back of the spoon at first and not your hands.

Safety: Cloud Dough is generally safe, but is not meant to be consumed. Please monitor children to make sure they are not placing this in their mouths.

FAQs About Cloud Dough

Yes, by mixing the cloud dough first you can add different food coloring drops. To get the tie-dye effect you won’t mix the color in completely. If you overmix it, your colors will just blend together. Just note that after a while of playing with the dough, the colors will mix together.

swirly red and blue dough in bowl with spoon.

It can last for a few days in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. We were able to continue to play with ours for about 4 days after.

We have seen how-tos where they use hair conditioners in place of lotion.

Your cloud dough has too much cornstarch. Add 1/2 teaspoon of lotion and knead into the mixture until you have a moldable consistency.

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Cloud Dough With Lotion Recipe

Learn how to make an easy, no cook cloud dough recipe using lotion.
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yellow, red, blue homemade cloud dough stack on top of each other.
Prep:5 minutes
Creating:2 minutes
Total Time:7 minutes


  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 2 Small Bowls optional if making extra colors


  • 2 cups Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Lotion unscented works best
  • Food Coloring optional: gel food coloring will give the most vibrant colors


  • Add the lotion to the bowl.
  • Optional: Add a few drops lotion to the bowl.
  • Slowly add cornstartch to mixture.
  • Use a spoon first to mix together and then your hands to knead the materials together.
  • Add small amounts of lotion or cornstarch to get your desired consistency. After 1 minute, you should have a soft playdough to work with.


    • If you are having trouble with a sticky mess, use the back of the spoon to push this playdough back together.
    • If it is too wet, add additional cornstarch to get a good mix.
    • You can add regular food coloring to the lotion before adding the cornstarch.
    • Cloud dough can also be made with conditioner instead of lotion.
Author: Erin
Cost: under $2

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