Make some wonderfully creamy coconut play dough with this easy, 2-ingredient recipe! It smells wonderful and is so soft and bright! It makes a perfect invitation to play with coconut play dough and natural loose materials. It is scented sensory fun and fine motor development all rolled into one for little ones!
Recently I posted about the silky soft play dough recipe for sensitive skin. It was so wonderfully soft and gorgeous to manipulate that I was keen to make more for the girls to enjoy.
This time we used the exact same method but changed one of the ingredients, back to the original idea that we had found at Play Create Explore.
How to make creamy coconut play dough:
1 cup cornflour (cornstarch)
5 tbsps coconut hair conditioner
Simply tip 1 cup of cornflour into a bowl then add 5 tablespoons of hair conditioner.
Make sure to mix each spoonful in one at a time until the final one, and then put your hands in to knead it into a ball. It shouldn’t be sticky but if it is for some reason, then take it out and continue to roll and knead it on a surface with cornflour sprinkled onto it, until it is right.
If it is too dry then dip your fingertips into some conditioner and knead again.
It is bright white and smells just wonderful, like a fresh coconut, and makes for really fantastic sensory play time!
I then set it out as an Invitation to Play for the girls to discover and explore with added extras, with an emphasis on exploring texture and pattern.
Included in this invitation to play:
a dish of desiccated coconut shavings
some pine cones
a jar of wooden beads in various tones, shapes and patterns
a rolling pin
They sprinkled on the coconut shavings to become ice cream with sprinkles, then we kneaded it into the dough to add texture.
By rolling the pine cones in the dough sideways and pushing them down from the top, different patterns could be created in the dough’s surface.
As with the sensitive skin play dough, this play dough does not last long due to the cornflour ingredient, which has a tendency to dry out and crumble. It could probably last a few days if sealed tight and kept in the fridge, but we chose to use it as a one-time only recipe.
However, if you are looking for a very long lasting, no-cook play dough that takes just a few minutes to make then our Best Ever Play Dough Recipe is for you! Tried, tested and recommend by hundreds of readers over the past few years, it really is fabulous!
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What they are learning as they play:
physical: fine motor strengthening and development
creative: using one item to represent another in role play and imaginative play, combining materials