I try not to buy too many toys – I don’t want to overwhelm my daughter (or myself!) with a bunch of “stuff,” so we keep a small basket of toys out we use every week, and any extra toys are put away to circulate in the mix when needed. This system works really well for our family, and Ginny is never bored!

However, now that she’s an extremely active, curious toddler, I’m searching for hands-on sensory activities that she’ll enjoy that doesn’t involve stuffing our play room with the dreaded “stuff.” Can any parents relate to this?

I think you’ll all love this $2, 2 ingredient play dough recipe (if you can even call it a recipe) to make with your kiddos. You may already have these ingredients on hand, and if not, take a trip to the dollar store for the following: conditioner and corn starch. It’s really that simple!

A quick trip to your cabinet or the store and two minutes later your kids are enjoying their new play dough.

2 Ingredient Play Dough Recipe

Play dough recipe

Depending on how much you want to make, you’ll use the ratio 2:1 – two parts corn starch, one part conditioner.


For instance, for my one small batch I made today, I used 1 cup of corn starch with half a cup of conditioner. With more kids and to make various batches and colors, make a larger amount.



  • Separate the dough into sections and add a few drops of food coloring to make colored dough!
  • The soft, squishy dough is so fun to play with but can also be tempting for toddlers to eat – make sure you model how to play with it and show that it doesn’t go in your mouth.
  • Save dough in plastic bags for future use.
  • Use cookie cutters to make different shapes.

two ingredient play dough

Lasting thoughts

What are your favorite sensory activities with your little ones? Share them with me below, and let me know if you’d like more posts like this.

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