World’s Easiest Play Dough

February 25, 2013

world's easiest play dough

Play dough is one of those materials that most kids are always excited to explore with.  Whether it’s store-bought or homemade, play dough provides a fun sensory experience for kids, and encourages imaginative play.

Kneading and squeezing the dough is wonderful for fine motor development, and a great stress-reliever (for kids and adults).

There are several different recipes for making play dough available online, and you can always pick some up fairly inexpensively at the store.  

Making play dough is simple, and something the kids can help with too.  We still purchase the store-bought kind on occasion (Is it weird that I love the smell of it?), but making it at home is so easy, that we’ve made a habit of it.

Recently, while at a friend’s house, we were introduced to the easiest play dough recipe I’ve ever seen.  I knew we had to try it out and share with all of you.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups – Cornstarch
  • 1 cup – Hair conditioner (I used Suave, but any inexpensive brand should work)
  • Food coloring (optional)

Combine the ingredients in a bowl.  The kids will love to help with this…

play dough 1

After mixing, you will want to knead the dough with your hands to fully incorporate.

Depending on the thickness of the conditioner, you might need to add more cornstarch.  Experiment until you reach the desired consistency.

Add food coloring, and mix until evenly distributed.

(We made this batch on Valentine’s Day, so we chose to make our dough pink)

play dough 2

That’s it !  Now hand it over and let the kids explore.

My 4 year old chose to add some toy cars to the fun.  The play dough became snow, and an avalanche buried the cars.

Gotta love imagination !

play dough 3

We used a coconut-scented conditioner, so our play dough smelled amazing !

The conditioner makes this dough silkier than traditional play dough, so for kids with sensory issues who don’t like the dryness of regular play dough recipes, this would be ideal for them…

play dough 5

Simple.  Affordable.  Fun.

play dough 6

Looking for more sensory fun?  Try Soap Dough and Oobleck.

 

 

Like what you see? Share with others...

FREE updates from Discover Explore Learn. Enter your email address here:

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisha January 15, 2014 at

Hi, lovely to read about this recipe. Hope to try with my boys and also share tomorrow on my parenting page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ConsciousParentingApproach – inviting you and your fans to come check out our posts! See you there!! :-)

Reply

Jessica March 5, 2014 at

I just made this. It was a little too sticky for my almost 2 year old to do much with it. I added in extra corn starch and would’ve tried adding more to see if it helped with the stickiness, but I ran out. At least it is easy to clean up and wash off of hands.

Reply

DiscoverExploreLearn March 5, 2014 at

We had the same problem at first, but after adding more cornstarch we got it to just the right consistency. For future reference, you could also use flour in place of the cornstarch. I hope you give it another try…it truly is the easiest play dough recipe I’ve ever come across.

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: