We’ve had 3 snow days this year. The first two were fantastic. We stocked up on treats and wore our coziest clothes all day and stayed inside and read and played games. It was like something out of Gilmore Girls.
Our third snow day was not so perfect. I had one sick kid, a toddler in a terrible mood, and the third just bouncing off the walls. I was tired and sore from working out and we were all just kind of off a notch or two.
Turns out all we needed to make two of the three happy (the third needed Sprite and saltines) was making this play dough. I used to make this way back in my babysitting days and it was just as fun as I remembered it. We have a plethora of unused beauty and personal grooming products from my husband’s work, plus a plethora of cornstarch from that time I waaaay overestimated how much cornstarch I was going to need for a recipe (plus a plethora of piñatas, but that’s irrelevant here), so we had everything we needed.
Let’s make some cornstarch conditioner play dough! You’re going to need some hair conditioner or body lotion (some people use fabric softener, but fabric softener is expensive and I worry about our skin coming in direct contact with something so concentrated; I’ve also seen it done with shaving cream, but the general consensus seems to be that lotion and conditioner work the best) and cornstarch.
There’s no need to use anything other than the cheapest (or free-est) stuff–save your Bumble & Bumble for your hair. But I would use something that smells good to you because this play dough will have a strong scent and it will stay on your hands.
Place the cornstarch in a large bowl and add the beauty product of choice.
As I should know by now (and as you guys may have noticed), I perpetually underestimate how large my mixing bowls should be and I end up transferring them to a larger bowl later on. It works wonders for my dirty dish workload. So use a bigger bowl than you think you’ll need, and don’t think that only a Pyrex measuring cup will do the trick, because it won’t. Mix in the conditioner/lotion with your hands–it will just start coming together and it will be pliable and very, very smooth. You may need to add more conditioner/shaving cream/lotion as you go).
Use food coloring to color as desired. Keep covered when not in use.
- 2 cups cornstarch
- About 1 cup hair conditioner or lotion (don't use the expensive stuff, but I recommend something that is either scent-free or a scent that you/your kids like)
- Place the cornstarch in a large bowl.
- Mix in the beauty product of your choice with your hands--it will just start coming together and it will be pliable and very, very smooth.
- You may need to add more conditioner/shaving cream/lotion as you go). Use food coloring to color as desired. Keep covered when not in use.
- Don't use the expensive hair condition or lotion, but I do recommend something that is either scent-free or a scent that you/your kids like.