Last week my Little Tots made this amazingly soft strawberry scented cornflour and conditioner playdough and it’s seriously the most silkiest softest playdough ever! I’ve used this recipe before for our Tinkerbell Playdough but this one turned out even better!

To make this playdough simply watch the video below where I have help from J (15 months) and G (4 years) plus her friend (3 years). I think they did a great job and played with it for nearly an hour the first time round which is worth the mess.

So to recap you will need:

  • 2 cups of cornflour (or cornstarch in the US)
  • 1 cup of hair conditioner
  • Food colouring (optional)

We found it pays to be quite accurate in your measuring and you have to stir for around a minute before it comes together in a ball. After that it needs a really really good knead to get rid of any stickiness.

If you’ve ever played with cornflour and water before to make gloop you’ll know just how amazing it is turning from a solid back to liquid. This playdough is kind of similar in that you can roll it into a ball but it also slides through your fingers.

When rolled out it felt incredibly smooth and the Little Tots couldn’t stop touching it and neither could I. The texture is so different from playdough but it very quickly dried out after an hour of play so I added a tiny bit more hair conditioner and massaged it in and it was back again. 

J normally loves playdough but this morning he had a quick 5 minute play before carrying on emptying toy boxes. To store this super soft playdough I’ve wrapped it really tightly in clingfilm but when we had it back out again today it was dry so another 1/2 teaspoon or conditioner has sorted it out again.

Our usual basic playdough lasts months and months but I don’t think this one would but it’s still been a lot of fun and we can’t wait to try out some new smells and colours.

Links to learning

We love playdough it has SO many benefits and learning outcomes, below are just some of them:

  • Sensory – enjoying different textures and exploring with hands.
  • Maths – measuring ingredients, making shapes and patterns, pouring
  • Creative – imaginative play, describing textures, manipulating materials
  • Science – mixing, combining, watching substances change
  • Fine motor skills – moulding playdough with hands and building strength


cornflour and conditioner playdough


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