I have a love-hate affair with Play-Doh. On one hand it is a guaranteed hour of free time as it entertains my girls. Coco especially is insane for it right now, but Elle can definitely roll with the doh as well. On the other hand, I can’t stand the mess and, until learning this trick, the waist. If you don’t seal the stuff it can dry in minutes, and when we’re rushing out the door the proper pickup doesn’t always happen. After a few days in my house new Play-Doh turns into plastic bags filled with a crumbly mess. I found this trick online and after trying it myself, I had to share. The result is good-as-new Play-Doh, sometimes better than new since it has the opportunity for new colors. If your kids go through this stuff as fast as mine do try this before going out to buy new.
Sort the crumbly mess into color piles on a clean dry surface.
Run it under warm water and knead the dough until it begins to stick together again and regain its elasticity. Repeat.
Once it starts sticking together you don’t need anymore water. Continue kneading until it becomes a recognizable Play-doh texture. PS-this can be a great arm workout, I’m sad to say I was a bit sore the next day.
Roll, shape, create!
Other Play-doh tips
*Keep Ziploc bags around, if you don’t have time to put it all back in appropriate cans, throw it in a bag, squeeze the air out and seal
*Try the Play-doh Grab N Go at your next dinner out. It worked better than crayons for us the other night, and was easy clean-up