Squeeze and Snap Dough Recipe

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It has been a busy old time here at ABC headquarters what with conferences, consultancy and book deadlines! I am also really chuffed to say that I have been shortlisted for not one, but three Nursery World Awards! This is very exciting news and I am keeping everything crossed that I might actually win one!

I have also very much enjoyed trying out some new dough recipes with my gorgeous neice Mabel -who is a very willing, able and chatty helper! We had such fun making this one, I thought I would share it. It is really quick and easy.

Squeeze and Snap Dough

(It is called ‘Squeeze and Snap’ because you can squeeze it and snap it!)


What you need:

1 cup of cornflour

2 tablespoons of oil (to start with)

2 tablespoons of shampoo or washing up liquid (to start with)


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What to do:

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Put one cup of cornflour into a bowl

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Add the oil and have a little stir

(it will go lumpy – don’t worry!)

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Add the shampoo or washing up liquid

(we used strawberry shampoo – it smelled delicious!)

This is where this dough can appear a bit tricky. You have to get your hands in and work it for a while before it comes together. If it feels too dry then add more shampoo/washing up liquid. 

If you want a different texture then add some warm water (slowly) until you get a lovely doughy consistency.

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It should feel like a very smooth and silky dough when you squeeze it.

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The unique thing about this dough is that you can ‘snap’ it and then squash it back together!

Although it always does basically the same thing, this dough can be different everytime you make it depending on the quantities of liquid that you use. It is good fun to experiment (if a little messy!)

You could of course also add colour, or texture – whatever you fancy.

Have a go – you will love it.


11 Comments on “Squeeze and Snap Dough Recipe”

  1. Tried this last week after reading your blog. My class loved it although the cleaner wasn’t impressed. As it is made with cornflour the more they played the drier it got. The best bit was the way it felt on their cheeks “gorgeous and soft”!!

  2. WE made this last Monday, it was fab but only lasted the day really. Is that how it should be or did I make it a bit wrong???

  3. Hi Gill. I was asked about Cream of Tartar a little while ago and why it had to be in dough. At the time I couldn’t really find a definitive answer. Lots of people said they use Baking Soda instead but lots of people said the best substitute is white wine vinegar or lemon juice in 3 times the ratio to the cream of tartar requirement.
    I have not tried it myself so no idea if it works but it might be worth a go!

  4. Oooo, this sounds like fun!
    Will certainly be trying this one with our ‘new little visitors’ this week 🙂
    Is anybody else having difficulty buying Cream of Tartar in the supermarkets?
    Am finding my local stores now only stock sachets, which are quite expensive…
    Any alternative suggestions welcome, thanks

  5. Rushed into the kitchen and made some smelling of coconut shampoo with a splash of red colouring which has gone a delicious raspberry pink colour!
    My hands smell lush now 🙂

  6. We did this today too, cornflour and shower gel, will try adding oil too next time to experiment.
    Also made a kind of ”moon sand’, baking powder and water with food colouring and flavouring – ours was orange, with a little gold glitter too. Lovely for filling silicone baking cases.
    Well done Mabel, and I love your mixing bowl, gorgeous.

  7. Haha! I’m reading reports, but couldn’t resist a peek at this – it looks fab 🙂 I’ll be trying it really soon!

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