By EVPL Staff

Super Soft (and super easy!) Playdough Recipe

Playdough is an excellent sensory activity for kids of all ages. Many homemade recipes call for multiple ingredients that you may not have on hand. The following recipe from Little Bins and Little Hands contains only two ingredients that most people have at home! This playdough is incredibly soft too!

Needed Materials

  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup hair conditioner (make sure it smells good!)
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. Pour 2 cups of cornstarch into your bowl
  2. Pour one cup of conditioner into the bowl (Note: If you want different color playdough, I recommend adding the food coloring to the conditioner before mixing. I tried splitting the dough and making different colors after mixing and the colors are muted.)

Not only is playdough an excellent source of sensory play, but it also develops fine motor, math, and reading skills!  Here are some examples of how your family can use playdough for learning:

  1. While you are making the playdough, ask “What If” questions: What if we didn’t put one cup of conditioner in the mix? What if we add too much conditioner?  What if we added more food coloring?  Would it make the dough lighter or darker?
  2. Challenge kids to create the alphabet using the playdough.
  3. Ask kids to roll a specific number of playdough balls to practice counting.
  4. Place kid-friendly toys, buttons, and beads into the dough Have the retrieve the items using tweezers or tongs to develop fine motor skills.
  5. Challenge kids to build items to using playdough and other items such as toothpicks, straws, tec. Can they make a house? A bridge? A cube?

Ask your child to describe what they created to you. Listen to the stories about their creations. Have fun!


EVPL Staff

EVPL Staff

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