Soft and Soothing Lavender Cloud Dough

A Two-Ingredient Play Dough for Therapy and Relaxation

It never ceases to amaze me how after a long day of lots of activities, places to go, and people to see my three little ones end up absolutely wired. All the excitement bleeds into bedtime, and, instead of crashing, they always have even more energy than usual.

When routines get out of whack and chaos seems inevitable, I whip up this magical two-ingredient cloud dough recipe and offer my kids one last opportunity to play, poke, and pound out their last bits of energy from the day.

It also helps that the lavender-scented baby lotion doubles as a pre-bedtime aroma therapy session!

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Lavender Cloud Dough Recipe

In terms of simplicity, this play dough recipe takes the cake. It’s composed of two easy-to-find and affordable ingredients that come together in a minute or less: lotion and corn starch. Mix it up. Let your littles play. Pop it into a sandwich baggie for the next time you need another quick and relaxing activity.


  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup lavender-scented baby lotion

Simply measure your ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined.

Helpful hints:

  • If you would like your dough to be lavender-colored (or any other beyond white!), add your food coloring into the lotion before mixing with the corn starch.
  • Measuring the ingredients helps to ensure your dough will turn out the right consistency…but things like humidity, temperature, and ingredient brand may impact the texture. If your dough feels too sticky after you’ve kneaded it all together, add more corn starch a tablespoon at a time until it firms up. Alternatively, if your dough is too crumbly, add in more lotion a squirt or two at a time.
  • Store for up to a week in an air-tight container or plastic baggie.
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A Dough Perfect for Many Purposes

Play dough, and this cloud dough recipe in particular, is a great item to have around for times when you need your kiddos to settle down, focus their energy and attention, or decompress after a busy day. The soothing texture of the dough, relaxing scent of lavender, and physical release from kneading combine to make a wonderful opportunity for play therapy and relaxation. You can also check out these other uses for play dough beyond playtime or sign up below for the Playing with Play Dough newsletter to get more play dough activities and ideas sent straight to your inbox!

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