Silky Play Dough

My semester has started again, and I am also doing an internship. I feel like we don’t ever have time to go out and do anything, so I have to find quick activities for the munchkin to do at home, while I do my assignments. Do you have little ones who are feeling bored? Are you feeling bored? This Play Dough is so much fun! I posted this recipe on my Instagram account last spring but then I forgot about it, and never made it again. Looking through my Instafeed, I found this recipe again, and decided to make it again! This time I am getting it here on the blog. I have two other play dough recipes, but each is unique. The first Play Dough recipe is a flour based dough, and it is a great replacement for the store bought product. The second is Edible Play Dough – no explanation needed. This Silky Play Dough is super soft and is almost like that moon dust stuff, but in play dough form. The best part is that it smells awesome, and it even moisturizes your hands! I think I love playing with this more than my 2-year old does. :)

To make this you only need two ingredients; corn starch and conditioner or lotion. It is 2 parts corn starch and 1 part conditioner/lotion. The picture that I posed on Instagram was made with TRESemme Conditioner, and I didn’t put any coloring in it, so it was a pure white play dough. This time I used Bath & Body Works Georgia Peach & Sweet Tea Lotion. I added one drop of red and one drop of yellow food coloring as well, just to enhance the color. The scent of the lotion filled my entire living room and dining room. It was great! I felt like the play dough dried up a little faster when I used the lotion than when I used the conditioner, but maybe it was just because of the brands I used. I think the conditioner has wax in it, which might also contribute to the lengthened life of play dough. 



1 cup corn starch

1/2 cup conditioner or lotion

Food coloring (optional)


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a fork until mostly combined. Use your hands to knead the dough until everything is completely incorporated.

If the dough crumbles add more lotion a drop or two at a time, until a soft dough forms. If the dough is too sticky add more corn starch 1 teaspoon at a time until the dough is smooth.

Store in an airtight container.

Recipe from Our Best Bites.

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