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One Minute Playdough

You may have seen my recent post on Bubble Dough; while I was making that I was curious to see what washing up liquid [dish soap] would do when mixed with plain white flour. To my amazement what it did was to turn into a wonderful soft playdough. 

 The red colour of the washing up liquid sort of turned the dough a murky pink colour, so I added a little red food colouring to enhance it. It feels and moulds just like regular playdough, and Jake's been enjoying playing with it in his regular way...




This literally takes a minute to make. Add 1 cup of regular flour, and a couple of squirts of washing up liquid (dish soap) - add gradually to the flour and mix and knead until you get the desired consistency.

The other reason I love it is because it has no salt in it does not dry your hands out, and it smells lovely too. :) I think we're going to be making this a lot, a playdough session never fails to help with a stressful day, or to unwind at the end of a busy day, or just for fun of course!  I urge you to try this; its so easy and so much fun. 


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31 comments:

  1. great idea! just pinned this to remember to do this week! thank you!

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  2. wonder how long it would last comparing to koolaid playdough?

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    1. Ive never made Kookaid playdough, so Im not sure, but its still going strong 4 days on....

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    2. I love this! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Did you add any water? I'm in the states and using a different dish soap and can't seem to get it to form. How much did you end up adding?

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    1. nope, no water at all. Probably to a cup of flour, 2 generous squirts.

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    2. I try tried it too. Here in the states and did not work. I used dawn. Hmmmm

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    3. I tried a little (Costa Rica) with granddaughter and worked fine. When I took the materials to Science class didn´t work fine...kids enjoyed the process but at the end we did an enormous ball and painted it as planet Earth. Seems to stick to hands but not to other balls. We had free days because Obamas visit, I will see how the planet dried tomorrow.

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  4. definately going to try this, thanks! i need to make playdoh, but was out of cream or tartar which is a little pricey, so this would be awesome!!

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  5. Love this!! Going to have to try it out. Just pinned. (Momma's Fun World)

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    1. My bubble dough crumbled when used! What did I do wrong? Love it!

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  7. I made it with a cup of flour and it seemed to take a LOT of squirts of dish soap to get it to form a ball....never did make a smooth plYdoh consistency. Sure it has to do with brand of soap? Made anothe batch with cheap conditioner and flour...that one turned out better, but still nothing that was exciting:(. Glad yours turned out so wonderfully, but it was a dud here bummer

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  8. Love it! What a great idea! I will have to try it!

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  9. Wow, I love all the great ideas in here, that I can try out with my 4 years old :)

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  10. Great idea- will be trying this :) Off to pin now!

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  11. My little guy and I are going to have to experiment with this. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week! :)

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  12. pinned and shared! we will have to make this - then I'll have to blog about it and be sure to give you credit & a link for the brilliant creation! thanks -

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  13. tried to make this not quite got it right. can you use any flour ? Used plain flour and alot of fairy liquid didnt bond should i have added water? only used a small cup of flour would love to try again help please x

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    1. I used plan flour and the fairy liquid as shown in the picture. When you say it didnt bond, what do you mean? Did you knead it together?

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  14. well i tried it here in Canada using Palmolive(green); it didn't work, so I added some Mr.Bubble left over from the kids bubble days of last summer...still didn't work, so I added some more flour, some vegetable oil and a bit of salt...tahdah; we got playdough! Wish it had of worked with just the flour and dishsoap, but oh well..thanks for sharing anyway! :)

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  15. ooooh very coo idea. I must try this.

    Thanks for linking to Science Sparks. x

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  16. Just found your blog and love it!! I'm going to share it on my facebook page, PlayfullyLearning and try some of these dough recipes.

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  17. Just wanted to let you know: I tried it and blogged it, here: http://missnightmutters.com/2013/03/trial-run-one-minute-playdough.html. It wasn't quite like regular playdough, but it worked, I and I would TOTALLY make it with my class. I think they would love to choose from a variety of colours of soap... Thank you for the inspiration!

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  18. Awesome! So going to try it!

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  19. Love this - I have featured it in my 50 Wonderful Ways with Play Dough post, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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  20. I'm in the USA and I tried it using Dawn dish detergent. I'm guessing the dish soap in the UK is more liquidy maybe. But mine did work! I just had to add a little more detergent than described here. I also added some vegetable oil, which made it more flexible!

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  21. how can we harden it permanently?

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  22. I used Dawn. It took a LOT of squirts. I think I used too much. It was quite sticky and hard to wash off of hands when we were done. But my 2-year-old didn't mind. My 8-month-old even tasted it. Ugh. :-p Turn your back for one minute... haha...

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