Play dough is a childhood staple. It’s a fantastic open-ended material that kids are always excited to explore with. Whether it’s the store-bought kind or a homemade version, play dough provides a unique sensory experience for children of all ages, while encouraging imaginative play and hand-eye coordination.
Kneading, rolling, and squeezing the dough is wonderful for fine motor development, and a great stress-reliever (for kids and adults).
There are plenty of play dough recipes available online and in children’s activity books, and you can always purchase pre-made play dough relatively inexpensively.
My kids and I love to make our own play dough, and we’ve experimented with several different recipes over the years. Homemade play dough is incredibly simple, and something children love to help make.
If you’re interested in making your own play dough, you’ll love this no-cook recipe, that we’ve dubbed the World’s Easiest Play Dough.
- Combine 2 cups corn starch and 1 cup hair conditioner in a large bowl.
- Knead the dough with your hands to fully incorporate the ingredients.
- Add desired amount of food coloring and mix with a spoon.
- Depending on the thickness of the conditioner used, you may need to add more corn starch. Simply experiment until you reach the desired consistency.
- That’s it! Hand over the dough, and some fun tools, and let the kids start creating.
This no-cook play dough is super silky and smooth, which is great for children (like my son) who have sensory issues and don’t like the dryness of many traditional play dough recipes. Also, if you add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, or use a scented conditioner (we used coconut) this dough has a wonderful, calming scent.
Try these fun play dough learning activities:
You can find more play dough recipes and ideas on our Sensory Activities for Kids board on Pinterest.