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2 Ingredient Silky Smooth Homemade Play Dough

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Are you looking for an easy no cook play dough recipe for kids? This homemade Silky Smooth Play Dough only needs two ingredients – and you can color it however you’d like! 

Pink, green, blue and orange silky play dough

We sat down last week and started making a list of activities we wanted to do together this summer. The girls love anything crafty and hands on, so a lot of those types of activities are making it onto our list.

I have made cooked play dough in the past. Now that the girls are past the putting-stuff-in-their-mouth-constantly phase, I can be a little more flexible about the ingredients we use in homemade play dough.

This particular recipe for silky smooth play dough only uses 2 simple ingredients (3 if you want colors) that are commonly found in most households. It’s super fun, and has a unique fluffy texture to it.

The girls always have fun mixing it up and playing with it. It keeps them busy for a couple hours between making it and playing with it, so I’d say it is well worth the fun.

This particular recipe doesn’t have a long shelf life though, so don’t make more than you think your kiddos will play with in a few days.

Four colors of silky playdough stacked

Silky Smooth Homemade Play Dough

This homemade Silky Smooth Play Dough only needs two ingredients, and there's no cooking required.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup hair conditioner
  • 2-3 cups cornstarch
  • Food coloring - optional


  • Mixing bowl


  • Put the conditioner in a bowl with 2 cups of cornstarch, and mix until well combined. If it's still sticky, add a little more cornstarch at a time until you get the play dough to a consistency you like.
    Silky play dough in a metal mixing bowl
  • You can add food coloring to the dough for more variety. We used some natural food coloring, so our dough had very pastel shades.
    two stacks of colorful silky play dough


Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag. Keep out of reach of small children as this dough is inedible.

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