Homemade Stress Toy with Softest Play Dough Recipe Idea

High five! This was one of the easiest and funniest crafts we’ve ever tried.

Softest Playdough Stress Toy Hand Craft idea for kids

No stress here!

You would think that these crafty 12-year-olds were too old to play with play dough, wouldn’t you?

I recently came across this fabulous recipe for the softest play dough ever from Kids Activities Blog, and couldn’t wait to test it out on my daughter and her friend.

It’s basically 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part hair conditioner.

That’s it! That is the whole recipe.

How to make soft homemade playdough

I found some yummy smelling hair conditioner at the Dollar Tree store, and gave them some corn starch to mix together is a big plastic container.

Each girl started with 2 cups of corn starch and 1 cup of hair conditioner to make the ball dough you see below in the picture. It was really sticky at first, and we found we needed to add a little bit of corn starch. Once they worked it together in a ball, I gave them each plastic trays to play on.

make homemade playdough with corn starch and hair conditioner

Then they wanted to add color to it and we added a little food coloring into the mix.

Tween-tested Softest colored Playdough recipe

To avoid getting their hands stained, they each put on rubber gloves to work in the color.

That’s where the magic happened!

..at least for the girls!

They decided to put the dough into the rubber gloves and tie off the end.

Tween testing out softest playdough recipe

Um, seriously, hours of giggles….

Fun with softest playdough stress toy

…and hilarious play acting to be had.

Tween craft idea with homemade playdough

I’m sure this would work with balloons too to make a more traditional stress ball, but these girls had so much fun with just the hands, I wasn’t even going to go there!

Homemade Stress Toy Craft Idea with homemade playdough

Check out the Kids Activities Blog for more great ideas for all ages.

Enjoy and happy crafting!


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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