DIY Playdough Soap Recipe

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If ever I am having a day where I definitely need a parenting win I can count on this simple DIY Playdough Soap Recipe at bath time to give it to me. This is one of our favorite go to sensory play recipes, I hope y’all love it to!

DIY Bathtub Play Dough

It is said that if something starts badly, even if the middle is a mess, it is the end that will leave the biggest impression on our human minds. I try to remember this on the days where I dropped more balls than I managed to juggle and my patience has worn thin. If I can just get the kids to bed happy then the day will end well and tomorrow will start anew as positive as it can.

I know bath time can be a hectic time for some families and this play dough recipe is a simple way to make bathtime fun while connecting with your child. Plus instead of making a mess, this sensory recipe helps kids get clean. Simple win!

While I tend to have all these ingredients on hand and it is quick to whip up a batch of Playdough soap, today was one of those days where last minute I was realizing I still hadn’t run errands or started dinner. You know the type where the entire day just disappears one to-do after another and it just doesn’t seem like you can knock anything off the list quick enough to reach the end.

DIY Bathtub Play Dough

You can even have older children manage to make this DIY Playdough soap while you make dinner!

DIY Bathtub Play Dough

Magical Bathtime with DIY Playdough Soap

We have also made these amazing adapted visual recipe cards for bubble bath playdough. The packet includes recipe sequence, visual supports, and a card sized recipe that would fit perfectly on a binder ring. Visual recipes are a great tool for your special education students and a lot of fun for giving kids more independence in their “recipe” creations 🙂

Click on the image to snag your visual recipe packet

Bubble Bath Playdough Recipe

DIY Bathtub Play Dough

If ever I am having a day where I definitely need a parenting win I can count on this simple DIY Playdough Soap Recipe at bath time to give it to me. This is one of our favorite go to sensory play recipes, I hope y’all love it to!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Difficulty Adult Help Required
Estimated Cost 5.00

Materials

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Kid Soap
  • Food Dye

Tools

  • Measuring Cups
  • Microwave Safe Bowl
  • Spoon

Instructions

  1. Gather all your supplies - cornstarch, kid soap, baking soda and food dye.
  2. Measure out 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/4 cup kid soap.
  3. Add everything together into a microwaveable safe bowl with food dye color of your choice and stir well.
  4. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove bowl from microwave and stir. If playdough sticks to your spoon then microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  6. Allow playdough to cool before use (about 10-15 minutes).

Notes

Homemade bubble bath playdough is designed for single use. It is not recommended to attempt to store this homemade playdough after it has been played with once.

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