Make this easy, 2-ingredient, peppermint cloud dough for your students as a fun holiday activity!
What is soft, moldable, and sweet-smelling? Peppermint cloud dough! If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your students this holiday season, making this cloud dough is easy, and full of peppermint candy fun!
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How to Make Peppermint Cloud Dough
So, making cloud dough is actually pretty easy. There are tons of recipes out on mommy blogs everywhere. But, I’m sharing a super simple two-ingredient cloud dough that is perfect for sharing with your students! Bonus points for smelling minty fresh!
For this minty fresh cloud dough, you’ll need a few supplies.
- 3 cups corn starch (get the big one like this one on Amazon!)
- 1.5 cups conditioner (cheap stuff is fine, just check to make sure the smell isn’t too strong)
- Peppermint oil
- Red food coloring (or powdered paint)
- Fine red or white glitter (if you want to add some sparkle!)
- Condiment containers with lids (these are the perfect size for sending home peppermint dough (or if you plan on making this dough as a special gift to send home with your students.)
Step-By-Step Directions for Making Peppermint Cloud Dough
To make the fun two-tone color, you’ll need to make two smaller batches, one red and one white. These will later be combined and swirled, so be sure to have two bowls available to mix!
To Make White Cloud Dough
- Measure out 3/4 cups of conditioner to bottom of bowl.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil and glitter (if you’re adding it)
- Then add 1.5 cups of corn starch and stir well. Use your hands to knead the lumps out of the dough. You want a smooth texture.
- If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more starch. If it is too stiff, add more conditioner. Knead until the dough is smooth, moldable, and stretchy. Set aside.
To Make Red Cloud Dough
- In a seperate bowl, add 3/4 cups of conditioner.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil and red food coloring. I added about 6 drops for this festive pink color. You can add more to make it more reddish. Keep in mind, too much red dye will stain little hands! Add in red glitter.
- Now add 1.5 cups of corn starch and mix well.
- Once mixture is mixed, remove from bowl and knead to create a smooth, moldable, and stretchy texture. The texture should be as close to one of the white cloud dough as possible.
To Make Peppermint Stripes
Now the fun part! Time to mix these two to make the two-toned cloud dough!
- Roll out white dough into a long snake about 1-2 inches wide.
- Roll out red dough to roughly the same size.
- Twist the two rolls together to create a candy cane striped effect.
- Cut the dough into 1-2 inch thick disks.
- If you’re giving the dough as a gift, place a disk in the condiment container. This keeps it off the school’s carpet
- Add the fun tag to the top of the condiment container for a festive touch! Like the label I used? Sign up for the Applicious Resource Library and grab this label and tons more resources!
Peppermint Cloud Dough Label
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Make it Educational
So, I know that time is pretty limited in your classroom, and maybe you’re feeling a *bit* of a squeeze when it comes to the “fun stuff” like this cloud dough. That’s ok! We can totally make this fun activity pull double duty with educational focus!
- Have students make predictions about how the dough would feel. Then, once you’ve made the dough with the class, have them evaluate their predictions. You can use a the Scientific Method Sheet like this one here for students to document how they made the dough. This would be a great lesson on the importance of following directions carefully when completing an experiment.
- After completing the cloud dough activity and giving students time to handle the peppermint dough, have your students brainstorm a list of adjectives to describe it.
- Bring in some writing by having your students write the steps involved in making the cloud dough. It’s pretty simple, so this writing activity can be done in one day! Remind your students to use transition words like first, then, next, and last!
Easy Peppermint Cloud Dough for the Classroom
I can’t wait for you to make this super simple peppermint cloud dough with your students. Don’t forget to sign up for the Applicious Resource Library and grab the label for free!
Let me know with a comment below how this fun activity goes in your classroom!
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