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).
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…
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)
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 !
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…
Simple. Affordable. Fun.