Here is the instructions of how to make silky and stretchy play dough using 2 ingredients at home with your little one. It’s so easy to make that your toddler will love to get involved in the making process.
Possum (aged 2.2) absolutely loves playing with my classic play dough recipe and has done from a very early age. You might remember me sharing with you some wonderfully fragrant play dough recipes and various ways that play dough can promote creativity.
Recommended age: 2 years +
(Like all my activities, active supervision is required)
There are so many play dough recipes on the Internet however, I was keen to try one particular recipe from a fabulous blog called, ‘Paging Fun Mums‘. Their 2 ingredient play dough recipe looked like one I just had to try and get Possum involved in making. I made a slight variation to what they did to make it super stretchy and silky.
To make this silky and stretchy play dough you will need
- 1 cup conditioner (cheaper the better)
- 2 cups cornflour/cornstarch
- Glitter (optional)
Yep, that’s it!
Obviously cornflour can vary from country to country. If you find your dough crumbly then add a teaspoon more conditioner. If it’s too damp, add a teaspoon more cornflour. You may need to tweak the recipe slightly.
Possum loved getting involved in the making of this incredible play dough. It was a great change for her to squeeze the contents of the conditioner out of the bottle with her little fingers and in talk about measuring it to a given line (1 cup mark).
Adding the 2 1/4 cups of cornflour into a bowl with the conditioner gave her the opportunity to use those larger arm muscles and mix the 2 ingredients together.
After about 1 minute of mixing, the 2 ingredients come together to make the most incredible silky soft and stretchy play dough imaginable. Of course you could divide the play dough and add a few drops of food colouring, however, I loved the silkiness of the stark white.
This play dough was perfect for little fingers. Possum loved poking deep soft holes into it and folding it over itself. Some common recipes can make quite stiff play dough, however, this is lovely and soft, leaving a gorgeous fragrance from the conditioner.
This 2 ingredient play dough is so easy to stretch, perfect for those children who simple enjoy exploring the texture of this play dough, rather than making figures etc.
This play dough does hold some shape, but because of it’s soft nature it is best manipulated to create 2D shapes and figures. Gorgeous!
Storing play dough
This lovely play dough can be kept for a number of weeks/months, depending on how well it is stored. I recommend, like with any play dough, wrap it very tightly with a few layers of cling wrap and store it in an air-tight container out of direct light.
For something a little more interesting you might like to add coloured glitter to your child’s play dough experience. Possum loved squashing in the glitter and folding it through itself.
Does your children love play dough?
Warning : Please be careful which conditioners and shaving creams you choose to make these 2 products with as each may contain ingredients that can cause skin irritations.
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