Can’t Get to the Beach?

Make this summertime Sandy Cloud Dough for your toddlers and preschoolers today.

It’s super easy to create some mold-able sandy cloud dough to promote tons of fine motor hand strengthening and sensory work!

Have your kids ever played with cloud dough? It’s very similar in texture to kinetic sand (it’s sometimes called “moon” sand). It sticks together like play-dough when squeezed, but comes apart easily.

sandy cloud dough beach toys set

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It’s fun to use cookie cutters or sand castle toys as well as just using your hands to shape it. This cloud dough is the perfect consistency for building sand castles.

beach sand toys

My kids love to play with sand castle beach toys in their beach cloud dough!

Sandy Cloud Dough Sensory Play

Did you know that playing with cloud dough is considered “heavy work” from a sensory standpoint?

That means that it helps the body focus and relax! (You can learn more about heavy work at My Kid’s Table.)

That’s why cloud dough is a fabulous brain break activity in between harder school subjects like math and writing.

sandy cloud dough in bucket

My kids get so excited when they find cloud dough in their workbox because it helps them re-charge and get their body and mind prepared for the next subject. (Find out more about how we use workboxes.)

This Cloud Dough will be the perfect sensory activity to add to your Summer Bucket List.

We used our Melissa and Doug Speck Seahorse Sand Ice Cream Set with our Sandy Beach Cloud Dough.

Extend Your Sandy Beach Fun

just grandma and me book

One of my favorite books to use when I worked with kiddos on their language skills as a pediatric speech-language pathologist was Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer. It’s the sweet and funny story of the day that Little Critter spends at the beach with his grandma.

There are so many things happening on each page of the book! It makes learning fun when you and your toddlers and preschoolers explore the pages!

sophie's seashell scramble game

One of my kids’ favorite games is Cranium’s Sounds of the Seashore listening memory game. Sadly, Cranium no longer makes it. But, one of our favorite game makers, Educational Insights, (they make The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel game) has a pattern-matching game, Sophie’s Seashell Scramble that’s just right for 3 to 6 year old kiddos.

Create some mold-able beach sand to promote tons of fine motor hand strengthening. It’s super easy!

ingredients needed cloud dough

Ingredients Needed for Sandy Beach Cloud Dough

  • 5 to 6 cups play sand
  • 4 cups baking soda
  • 1 15-oz bottle of conditioner

Stir together 1 bottle of hair conditioner (I bought a cheap bottle of Coconut scented from the dollar store so it’ll even smell like the beach!) with 5 to 6 cups of sand and 4 cups of baking soda. (FYI, you can get big bags of baking soda at large box stores like Costco and Sam’s Club).

mixing sandy cloud dough

That’s it! Just stir it until it’s all mixed together! Super easy!

sandy cloud dough recipe card

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cloud dough sticks together

Storing Your Cloud Dough

I stored this in the garage in a covered container (away from cats! ๐Ÿ’ฉ) I’ve heard other people say that theirs lasts from anywhere from one week to one month without getting moldy. However, if it starts to smell funky, throw it in the trash! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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sandy cloud dough pin

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