I discovered a wonderful recipe for soft playdough that uses 2 simple ingredients that you probably have at home. The ingredients are cornstarch and hair condition. I love that the ingredients are safe for children to touch and doesn't hurt their skin like salt based playdoughs. This simple recipe makes a playdough that is very similar to ones you buy at the store but so much cheaper. You can buy the ingredients for under $2.00 and it makes plenty of playdough. You can choose different color hair conditioners to make different colors or use food coloring. I prefer using different color conditioners so it will not stain hands or clothes. You can also use different scented conditioners to make great scented dough like coconut or vanilla.
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup hair conditioner
Place ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Add more cornstarch as needed to get the dough the texture of playdough. You can use your hands to form the dough into a ball. Store the dough in a tight lidded container so it does not dry out. If it does dry out just work some more conditioner into until it is soft again.
My boys had fun playing with the playdough. It was easy to roll out and they used cookie cutters to create things like play pizza. My son is holding half of the recipe as my other son who is not picture has the other half of the playdough. This makes a great activity for summer.
I used a lightly scented Suave condition and it made a nice white soft dough. I will be buying a purple lavender conditioner or a vanilla scented one for the next batch.