Last week I found myself at the TTS ‘Time for Two’s’ Conference in Manchester. I was delivering a Keynote and a couple of workshops alongside Alice Sharpe amongst others.
It was a great day with some brilliant ideas and resources for those working with two year olds (not to mention plenty of great food!). I am sure TTS will be doing more conferences, so keep an eye out for them.
During her keynote Alice talked about the amazing things that happen when you mixed cornflour with hair conditioner. What she didn’t do was tell the delegates what actually happens!
So, for any of you who were there and were left wondering and those who are now wondering…It makes a really lovely dough that you can both squeeze and snap. Yes, snap. It is definitely worth a try.
Here is a link to a blog post that I did last year when I made some dough using shampoo with my Niece Mabel. Just substitute the shampoo for condititioner – it is a very similar outcome!
The brilliant thing about this dough recipe is that you can also use it to make…
‘Ice Cream Play Dough’.
This is how you make it…
- 1 1/2 cups of cornflour
- 3/4 cup of hair conditioner (I used the cheapest Tesco had to offer)
- a few drops of food colouring
- flavouring (either real or essence)
What do do
- put the conditioner in into bowl
- if you want coloured and flavoured ice cream playdough then add the flavour and colour to the conditioner and mix well
- add the cornflour SLOWLY and keep stirring
The trick with getting the dough to look like ice cream is to keep adding the cornflour a bit at a time. If you don’t add enough you will end up with goo! If you add too much then you get a more solid ‘squeeze and snap’ dough, which is no bad thing, but not what you were going for.
Once you have made it, you can let the children play with it straight away or put it in the fridge for a few hours. This will make it slightly more solid and colder. If you put it in the freezer, it goes ‘rock hard’ and softens up as the children play with it.
For this lot I divided the recipe into three and mixed red food colouring and strawberry essence into one lot of conditioner, green colouring and mint essence into another and yellow coloring and lemon juice into the third. They smelled fab!
You could also use cocoa powder for chocolate or throw in some coffee granules. Herbs like rosemary and lavender would also make great flavourings.
You can always give the children lots of lovely bits and pieces to decorate their ice cream with before they get stuck into the dough.
Whether it is ‘squeeze and snap’ or ‘ice cream play dough’ you go for, it is cheap and easy and great fun.