Today’s homemade play dough recipe is definitely not edible but it does use ingredients you probably have in your home: Soap Play Dough is very soft, smells great, and is fun to mix up!
Homemade Soap Play Dough Recipe
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You’ll need just a few ingredients to whip up a batch of soap dough:
1/2 cup Liquid Dish Soap (We used the blue type. I’m not sure if other colors of liquid dish soap would work in this recipe. If you try it, let us know!)
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar (I LOVE this bulk container for making play dough. The ingredient really makes most play dough recipes softer and longer lasting. You can’t always find Cream of Tartar in stores so this bulk buy is awesome to have in the house!)
To make the Soap Play Dough Recipe
Grab a large glass mixing bowl and pour in the dish soap. We used a glass measuring cup to measure out the soap and the grooved lip of the measuring cup made pouring the liquid soap so much easier. My toddler was mesmerized by the falling dish soap!
Stir in the flour and cream of tartar. Use spoons to get the mixture stirred at first, but then you’ll want to get your hands in there to really mix the ingredients. Plop the play dough out onto a floured surface and knead, knead, knead!
Kneading play dough is a great way to incorporate proprioception into a play dough activity. It really applies pressure through the arms and up into the shoulder girdle. You can add more flour at this point if the dough is too sticky. Just be aware that the nature of this dough allows for some stickiness. The soap adds a bit of stick to the play dough, but it sure does smell great!
Get the kids in on the play and have fun with your soap dough!
Store this play dough overnight in a sealed container. It will be more sticky the next day, but you can knead in a bit of flour or just work the dough a little bit. It will be softer the next day, too.
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