The other day, I was browsing some blogs, as I tend to do, and I came across the coolest new (well new to me, anyhow) recipe for play dough!
It’s cornstarch dough!!
My two big kids and I made it and had a great time playing with it (read: it was all over the kitchen floor)!
Here’s the recipe I made:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking powder
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
Boil on the stove on medium heat (will bubble a lot because of the baking powder and water reacting – so fun!) until it starts to thicken.
Then, I kneaded it until it was a little cooler for the kids to play with.
After we shaped it and smashed it and rolled it and played with it for a while (read: after a while the kids lost interest but I didn’t), I put my littlest man’s footprint in the dough, made a “pizza”, made some animals and then baked them all (300 degrees for an hour) to harden them a little. I think we’ll paint it tomorrow!
Now, we play with cornstarch and water all the time to create that lovely “thixotropic” (not quite liquid but not quite a solid) muck we all love. We also love making “goop” with white glue, borax and water. But this? This is awesome! It’s whiteness is totally like snow. It’s so soft and yet has that gritty cornstarch feel. I’d love to add some sparkles next time and see what I get! I really really like it. And the real bonus… it’s a great process to watch as the chemical reaction occurs while you boil it.