Playdough is a mixture made from salt, flour and water, and quickly dries out when left outside of a sealed container for very long. Instead of tossing it, take some time to revive, rehydrate, and restore dried out playdough. This messy, yet fun classic creative outlet can be reused after being left out with just a little time and effort.
Steps for Fixing Dried Out Playdough
You might think to yourself, “I’ve reminded them to put this away when they are done,” and you are probably right. But the dough doesn’t have to be thrown away once it’s dried up a bit and you can still salvage it. Follow these steps to get it back in great shape for play time.
Step 1: Assess the Damage
Determining how dry the dough has become will tell you how much work it will take to revive. Dough that has merely begun to dry on the exterior and is still soft and malleable on the inside can be worked back into shape with just a few drops of water. Simply knead the water into the dough until it has returned to its normal state.
If that doesn’t work, try wrapping the dough in a wet paper towel and setting it aside for a few hours. This should allow the moisture to seep into the dough. It might require kneading afterwards to absorb any extra water.
If the dough has hardened past this point, you will need water and plastic sandwich bags to continue.
Step 2: Break Into Pieces if Necessary
If you have too much dry playdough for a sandwich bag, break up the hardened dough into pieces. This will allow it to absorb water more quickly.
Step 3: Place Pieces in Bag & Add Water
Place the broken pieces in the bag with a few drops of water to start. You can add more drops of water as you go, but it’s important not to add too much.
Step 4: Massage Until Usable
Knead the water and the dough together, adding a few drops whenever you need. Adding too much water will make the color bleed, so patience is key. Once you’ve given the dough time with the water, it should be as good as new!
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