AHEAD: You will find a super easy to make silly putty recipe for kids that only requires to common household ingredients!
I love creating sensory play activities for my kids but with three little ones I am also all about things being super easy to make. Although many of our activities are planned out, many of them happen at the spur of the moment using things that I have on hand. If a sensory play recipe needs a whole bunch of different ingredients, I am less likely to create it during these times. This silly putty recipe was born out of those times!
This recipe is easy enough that even my 5.5 year old can make it herself!
How to Make 2-Ingredient Silly Putty
To make this silly putty you will need cornstarch and dish soap. You don’t really need to add food colouring. The silly putty will take on the colour of your dish soap. So if your dish soap is green (like ours was), your silly putty will be green. If it’s blue, your silly putty will be blue.
In a mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of dish liquid. Mix the two together until all the ingredients have been combined.
Pick your silly putty up in your hands and start to work the ingredients in together. If the silly putty is sticking to your hands: create a little ball, push your finger into the middle to create a bowl. Fold in a small amount of cornstarch (pea-sized amount) into the middle of your silly putty bowl, close it and work it in with your hands. Do this until the silly putty no longer sticks to your hands. Adding a very small amount each time.
If the silly putty is too dry: create a little ball, push your finger into the middle to create a bowl. Fold in a small amount of dish liquid (pea-sized amount) into the middle of your silly putty bowl and work it in with your hands. Do this until the silly putty no longer sticks to your hands.
You have achieved the desired consistency of silly putty when it is moldable and soft and doesn’t stick to your hands.
Storing Your Silly Putty
Store your silly putty in a ziplock bag. When you want to play with it again, fold in a pea-sized amount of dish soap and work it in with your hands until the desired consistency returns.
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- Dish Liquid
- Mixing bowl
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