Have you ever tried to occupy your kids only to find that they are never happy for long? Well, if you liked our “Magic Snow” craft, you will LOVE this easy 2 ingredient playdough made from what you probably already have on hand.
Now, I say it’s 2 ingredients, and it is. But you can jazz it up with further ingredients if you’d like. The recipe is very simple.
2 C corn starch
1 C hair conditioner
food dye (optional)
It’s so easy! It takes less than 2 minutes to make, and the kids can even help you out. Just measure out 2 cups of corn starch and 1 cup of cheap hair conditioner. We used the leftovers from our Magic Snow and it smelled SO nice.
We used a bit of red and blue food coloring to give each kid his own bit of dough. They loved watching it change from white to a light blue and a mild pink as they handled it.
The clay starts out quite sticky and gooey, but as they play with it more and more, it gets more rubbery. Eventually over the course of about an hour, it’ll start to get more and more firm until it turns almost powdery. It’s not something you can save and use again later, so in that regard it’s a little disappointing. But it’s so much fun we can forgive it for being a little fragile.
I will say that it’s best if you lay down a plastic table cloth or something wherever you choose to play because it does get quite messy as they go on, as we learned for ourselves! But the great news is that it is a VERY easy cleanup. They got bits of dough EVERYWHERE in their play room, including the carpet, our hardwood floors and all over their wooden table. They even got a bit on my favorite chair! I was a little worried. But it took only a quick vacuum to pick it all up, and the table wiped up with just a wet paper towel.
Dexter was really into mixing the colors together and creating a “snake.” He also made a snowman, a cat and a little clay family. I tried to show him how to use plastic toys to create impressions in the clay, but he wasn’t that interested. I wanted to make a hand print, but he wouldn’t let me.
They both had an absolute blast playing with the dough, and at the end of our time, they begged for me to make some more. And since it’s such a cheap project, I don’t see why we can’t make it every day if we want to! In fact, one of my favorite things about it is that as I played with it, it made my hands SOOOO soft and smell really good!
I’ve been told you can make this with lotion instead of conditioner, but as all my lotions are stupidly expensive, I opted for the cheap hair conditioner instead.
I was thinking about the possibility of adding a little bit of glitter to the mix next time around, as I bet the boys would LOVE that. But I can’t decide if this would be a bad idea or not. Will think on it.