Ice Cream Dough

Alistair Bryce-CleggDough Gym, Malleable Materials, Texture Kitchen9 Comments

Here is a nice weekend project that will really get you in the mood for summer!

Once you have got the hang of it, it is really easy to do. It took me a couple of attempts to get it just how I wanted it so I would have a practice at home before I did it with the children.

‘Ice Cream Play Dough’.

15It doesn’t have any ice cream in it, but it looks like ice cream, smells like ice cream and you can even put it in the fridge/freezer so that it feels like ice cream. But, it is dough so stays solid!

This is how you make it…


You need

  •  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.

8Once 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!13

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.

Have a go, it is cheap,easy and great fun.




9 Comments on “Ice Cream Dough”

  1. What a brilliant idea! I’m looking forward to doing this with my class being the “ chefs”. Wonder what flavours we can come up with?

  2. I will definitely be making this with my daughter this weekend.. as well as with my 3 year olds next week.

  3. I’ve just made it with Asda Berry Burst conditioner is already pink and its come out brilliantly – pink in colour and smells tropical.

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