Storage is easy, too!
Aside from being easy to make, cloud dough is also easy to store. In an airtight container, cloud dough can last months – and if the mixture starts to dry out, just add in a little more baby oil.
Cloud dough variations
My favorite thing about cloud dough is how many variations the recipe allows for.
By adding 1 cup of baking soda to the mixture, you now have bubbling cloud dough: mold the dough with your hands and then add a few drops of vinegar and watch your creations fizzle. This fun science experiment can be used to illustrate cause and effect relationships to your little one.
To add a pop of color to this experiment, add some food coloring or liquid watercolor to the vinegar and watch colorful bubbles form as the vinegar and baking soda react.
You can also use seasonal cake mixes to add a fun twist to your sensory experiences. Instead of flour, use a box of your favorite cake mix. Our favorites at the museum are spice cake, for a fun fall scent, and confetti cake which is great for birthdays!
Many cake mixes are already moist enough that they are moldable without the addition of baby oil – and omitting the baby oil allows for this dough to be edible – a fun plus for both toddlers and parents of toddlers.
Whether your child is using baking tins to mold delicious treats or making a volcano that will bubble with vinegar, cloud dough will keep them busy for hours.