Playdough is wonderful fun for kids. It’s great for fine motor development and open-ended play. This fairy playdough recipe with 3 ingredients, is so easy to make you can almost hand it over to your child to do themselves. We called this ‘fairy dough’ because of its soft texture and the imaginative play that came from using it. Great fun!
Possum (aged 3 years) loves playdough. It’s one of those things I can plop onto a table and know that she’ll have fun with for a solid half hour to an hour. I’m noticing now, especially as she is getting older, how she is using the playdough is changing. She has gone from exploring the texture to building and shaping the dough with greater detail, while including more fantasy elements into it. It’s wonderful to watch.
Recommended age : 2 years +
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To make this fairy playdough recipe with 3 ingredients you firstly need to add one cup of hair conditioner to a bowl. We chose a strawberry scented hair conditioner to use as it would create a beautiful scent that would be enjoyed during play.
Next you will need to add 2.5 cups of cornflour (or cornstarch if you’re in America) to the bowl. Using a spoon simply begin mixing the two ingredients together. Obviously every country makes their ingredients a little differently so if you’re finding that the mixture is way too wet, add more cornflour.
You want the mixture to feel almost to the point of being too dry but not crumbling apart. The picture above shows what it looks like just before you need to start kneading the dough. Once you begin kneading it should all come together.
I began kneading the dough and once it was the consistency that I wanted, I gave Possum a turn of kneading. This is wonderful for developing fine motor skills and helping children understand how things can change when combined together.
The dough should be quite similar to our silky, stretchy dough using 2 ingredients, which we have made previously. Again, if the mixture is too wet then gradually add more cornflour, if it’s too dry gradually add a little more conditioner. Easy!
The third and final ingredient is to add a little pink food colouring to the dough. This gave it a lovely dusty pink colour and instantly made Possum think of it being a fairy land. You may wish to add coloured glitter, fairy figurines or other bits and pieces to enhance the play experience. Anna from The Imagination Tree did just that in this invitation to play post, so did Elise from Creative Play Central in this Fairy inspired art and play post. We simply chose to play with it as it was and use the playdough to make fairies and fairy houses etc.
Of course fairy dough doesn’t have to be pink! It can be whatever colour your child desires it to be. Hopefully this fairy playdough recipe with 3 ingredients inspires you to give it a go today. It’s a winner in our eyes.
Do you have a child who loves fairies too?
Warning : Please be careful which conditioners you choose to make this as some products can contain ingredients that cause skin irritations
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