I’m very excited to share with you how to make silky and stretchy playdough. It’s wonderfully soft, much like touching a cloud, and can be super stretchy for added fun for the kids. You also only need to use 2 ingredients to make it so it’s really easy.
Possum (aged 2.2 years) loves playdough and will often request it when the weather has us stuck indoors. I’ll usually use my classic play dough recipe, offer her a few bits and pieces like cutting tools etc, even knead in some delicious fragrance to add to her sensory experience.
I have to admit though, this silky and stretchy playdough is nothing like what I’ve made her before. This is a thousand times better. It’s wonderfully soft to touch, stretchy and fragrant. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we have.
Recommended age: 3 years +
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It really is very easy to make this recipe. I simply went to my local supermarket and got myself some cheap hair conditioner. This recipe calls for 1 cup of hair conditioner. Next I simply needed to open the kitchen pantry and find cornflour/cornstarch. This is what gives it the dough consistency and by adding 2 cups of it to the conditioner after a good knead it becomes lovely and soft, silky and stretchy.
Obviously conditioner, cornflour and cornstarch can vary between brands and from country to country. If you find your dough crumbly then add a teaspoon more conditioner and knead it through well. If it’s too damp and sticky, add a teaspoon more cornflour or cornstarch. You may need to tweak the recipe slightly to suit the ingredients you have.
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 talk about measuring it to the specific line.
Adding the 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 kneading, the two ingredients come together to make the most incredible silky and stretchy playdough you can imagine. 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, 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. Obviously the more exposure it has to air the quicker it dries out.
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.
But like I said, this is a really lovely form of playdough that you can easily make at home. The texture you really need to experience for yourself. It’s wonderful and it will have your child playing for hours and asking for it again and again.
What sort of playdough does your child like?
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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