Silky Soft Play Dough

Hello all my favorite MFP readers!  This is Carole from My Kitchen Escapades and I am tickled to be back here to share my latest fun recipe with you….especially if, like me, you will have a house full of little hands this summer that need something fun to do.
I really do adore summer break.  Honest.  It is just hard for me to get into the new laid-back version of my day.  All school year long, my body is well programmed for the alarm to go off every morning at 5:30 am and then almost every minute of my day pre-scheduled between my family, my work, my home and my church.  I honestly thrive in that type of setting.
Summer requires me to throw all of that out the door and suddenly, I have to be spontaneous and easy going.  Just typing those words makes me a bit anxious…..

As a momma to six kids, one of my tricks to having a successful summer is to have options for my kids.  Not just a few options.  A large, long list of options.  If my kids are bored, they get into trouble.  So to combat such situations,  I have a long list of activities for them when boredom sets in and then the Jones household can remain at a somewhat tolerable level of craziness.

I have made many different types of play dough, including a classic play dough and a foam dough.  This recipe for Silky Soft Play Dough turns out exactly like the title describes:  silky and soft!  We used a cheap strawberry conditioner, which made this dough smell good enough to eat.  It isn’t extremely stiff either, which makes it so fun to squoosh and squeeze through your fingers.  (Is squoosh even a real word??)

Silk Soft Play Dough

1 C hair conditioner – the cheaper, the better!

2 1/2 C corn starch

1.  In a large bowl, combine both ingredients until a dough forms then turn out the dough onto the counter dusted with corn starch.  Knead the dough, adding any additional corn starch as needed.  Store in an airtight bag or container.

Thanks so much Carole for such a fun recipe to keep all our kiddos entertained for the summer.  I can’t wait to try this with my little grandsons! 
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  1. Carole, I love summer break, too. And, this is going to be fun to do with my 7 yr old, pinning!

  2. Hi Carole and MFP sisters – I can totally see this being one of those… “Mom, I’m bored!” summer crafts. Thanks so much for joining Fluster’s #CreativeMuster party. It was a lot of fun to co-host! Hugs, Holly

  3. Bethany says:

    Hi! I’m babysitting some girls a lot this summer and this seems like the perfect craft! My questions is, can you add a few drops of food coloring? Please answer soon, Thanks!

  4. Katherine says:

    Question! I made this, but it just kept breaking apart. Should I add more cornstarch?

  5. Any idea on how long this dough will remain usable? Does it tend to dry out?

    • Hi Dorthy! It should last a couple of weeks but if it starts to dry, just add a little more conditioner. Thanks so much for stopping by! Deb

  6. Not to be a “Debbie-downer”- but this warning should be out there. THIS PROJECT- “SILKY DOUGH” SHOULD BE FOR OUTDOOR USE ONLY!!!! I’m a stay at home mom of 3- I’ve done play dough, slime, gak, shaving cream, ooze- you name it, we’ve done it- but this is by far the messiest to clean up! Maybe it’s my OCD with the crumbs and all that, but- man! Lots of clean up with the starch having the oils in it from conditioner- wood floor slick for a good day!

  7. Grammie says:

    I loved this. Did it at our timeshare with the grand kids. It was a little messy but clean up was great. The kids loved the smell and I want to do more colors next time. Loved the soft feeling. Just had to watch that the little ones didn’t eat it – lol.

    • Oh no! I sure hope none of your little ones ate it! My grandsons will be here in two weeks an we are going to do this.


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