How to Make Cornstarch Play Dough

Making cornstarch play dough is fun and easy, and only three ingredients are needed: cornstarch, hair conditioner (yes) and food coloring. This recipe creates soft, stretchy play dough the kids will love.

Cornstarch play dough (Image: Michele Andersen)

Things You'll Need

Bowl, conditioner, cornstarch and mixing spoon. (Image: Michele Andersen)
  • Cornstarch
  • Hair conditioner (Note: the play dough is going to smell like the conditioner, so choose a scent kids will like)
  • Big mixing bowl
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Smaller bowls for different colors (optional)

Mix Your Ingredients

Add conditioner to cornstarch (Image: Michele Andersen)

Add two parts cornstarch for every one part conditioner in a bowl and mix well. You can use a spoon but the kids will love to use their hands!

If needed, keep adding generous pinches of cornstarch until you reach your desired consistency.

Make Your Colors

Add food coloring if desired and mix. (Image: Michele Andersen)

Separate the dough and put into individual bowls, depending on how many different colors you want. Add a few drops of your favorite food coloring to each bowl and mix well.


Soft dough (Image: Michele Andersen)

Explore the soft, stretchy play dough and have fun!

Note: you can store the dough for a few weeks in an airtight container.