Ice Cream Play Dough Recipe

DIY Ice Cream Play Dough Recipe

DIY Ice Cream Play Dough Recipe

Ever since I made my daughter the Oatmeal Play Dough, and discovered her love for playing with it, I’ve been experimenting with different recipes. This weekend we made some play dough that looks just like ice cream! There is a special ingredient in this play dough that gives it that effect.

I first heard of adding conditioner to play dough from the Imagination Tree. Yes, that’s plain ol’ hair conditioner you have in your bathroom. I used the original recipe I found at Play Create Explore and we decided to add our own little flare to it and add in some Hershey’s powdered cocoa to add color and scent. It smells WONDERFUL!!

Here is what you need:

1  1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup cocoa

3/4 – 1 cup conditioner

DIY Ice Cream Play Dough Recipe

Combine all ingredients together and continue kneading until mixture becomes doughy, fluffy and pliable.

If it comes out too sticky, just add in more cornstarch, if it’s not smooth enough add in more conditioner.

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This play dough looks and smells good enough to eat but it’s NOT edible! At first my daughter wanted to keep it in the cone and walked around with it untouched for a little while.

Then, she let loose and started smashing some of her toys in it, pulling it apart…

DIY Ice Cream Play Dough Recipe

And even rolling it.

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Her grandma just recently got her this play dough kit, so there will definitely be more recipes to come!


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  • Reply
    Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison
    March 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I love this idea although I think my toddler would certainly want to eat it. 🙂 Thank you for checking up on me. I really do appreciate it.

  • Reply
    Mommy Goes On
    March 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

    What a great idea. I was thinking that the cocoa would have turned her hands a little brown, but they are clean in the photos. I’m going to try this with my kids!

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