Making your own play dough is not only a great way to save money, but it’s also a fun activity for the kids. Play dough recipes certainly don’t come any easier than this 2 ingredient play dough, and this recipe was inspired by the very clever Kate and Laughing Kids Learn.
All you need to make this 2 ingredient play dough is cornflour and hair conditioner. When choosing a condition, it’s a case of the cheaper the better! I’d also suggest choosing a variety which has a scent which you find pleasant as it may be a little overpowering otherwise!
This play dough has a lovely soft, silky and stretchy texture, making it different to ‘traditional’ play dough. Preparing this play dough is a great activity for the kids as they can get involved by measuring and mixing the ingredients together. Without a doubt, my kids favourite job was squeezing the conditioner out of the bottle – in fact they were actually quite bewildered when I asked them to do it!
To make enough of this play dough for two toddlers, you will need:
1 cup of hair conditioner – choose the cheapest product you can find.
2 1/2 cups of cornflour
Food colouring – optional
If you are using food colouring, you may find you need to add a little more cornflour to your play dough. As the ingredients in hair conditioners may vary, you may need to play around a little with the quantities until your dough becomes soft, smooth and silky. If your dough feel dry, just add an extra teaspoon or conditioner. Alternatively if it’s too wet, simply add a teaspoon of cornflour.
Let’s put it together!
Measure the cornflour and add it to a large bowl. Add the hair conditioner and mix with a spoon. It may take a minute or two of mixing before the ingredients combine – but this just means more mixing fun for the kids!
Once your dough has combined you are all done – it’s really that simple!
This dough has a lovely smooth and silky texture and while it does still hold some of it’s shape, it really has a lovely stretchy consistency which makes it perfect for kids who love to stretch and poke their play dough.
This play dough is best stored wrapped up in cling wrap and then stored in a zip lock bag or another air tight container out of any direct sunlight.
Do your kids love play dough?
What’s your favourite play dough recipe?