Are you sick of the kids saying, "I'm bored," or being on their screens nonstop? Lisa Childs with Tried Tested and True blog shared her favorite trick to keep kids occupied and OFF the iPad on a cold day!
Lisa said, "All you need for this play dough recipe is cornstarch and cheap conditioner. Emphasis on the CHEAP part. Because cheap conditioner is a bit more watered down, the extra liquid helps create the right texture you're looking for.
I've tried it with my (not even expensive but decent) conditioner and it wasn't even close to the same. Just trust me on this one.
Just 'spring' for the cheap stuff, and you can thank me later! I get mine at the grocery store for $.79! Don't forget to pick a yummy scent, because that's what the dough will smell like.
Our favorite is the Strawberries and Cream variety from the brand VO5.
Mix up the cornstarch and conditioner in a bowl to get it pasty. Then, I dust my surface with a little extra cornstarch and knead it up. Kneading it helps get the texture right to ensure it's not too sticky for the kids
The play dough keeps for a long time in a Tupperware with lid. Just make sure to add a bit more conditioner when you open it up!
If your play dough gets a little dry and crumbly, just squirt some more conditioner into it. It'll be just like new! My kids love using their cookie cutters and play knives to cut it up. I like rolling it and squeezing it... it's like a stress ball!"
1 Cup Cornstarch Divided
1/2 Cup Cheap Conditioner
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In a medium bowl, combine conditioner with 3/4 cup cornstarch. You will get a bit of a pasty consistency.
Sprinkle half of the remaining 1/4 cup cornstarch onto a clean surface such as a cutting board, and dump the dough onto it. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch on top, and lightly knead until no longer sticky and it feels pliable and soft. Add additional cornstarch or conditioner as needed.
When the play dough gets dry and crumbly, return it all back to the bowl and add more conditioner into the cornstarch and mix until you get the desired consistency, about 1 tablespoon at a time. Store in a container with tight-fitting lid and add additional conditioner to regain consistency.
DO NOT EAT. This is not safe to consume.