Wednesday, 16 August 2017

CADET ACTIVITY: Galaxy Play Dough

This dough is really easy to make and such fun! It is super smooth, ultra sparkly, and REALLY stretchy. Needless to say it is quite hard to put down. It requires no cooking and can be made in just a few minutes. Using baby oil in this recipe produces a much smoother dough than what you might be used to, and it also has a delightful smell. Adding a few drops of glycerine makes the dough really shiny and stretchy.


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tbsp of baby oil
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • black food colouring {or liquid watercolours}
  • 3-5 drops of glycerine
  • glitter (we used purple, sliver, gold, & red)
Note: You can find glycerine in the health & beauty section of most stores or online here.


  1. Combine the flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add several drops of black food colouring to the boiling water, and then combine that in the bowl along with the baby oil & the glycerine. Mix all the ingredients.
  3. Continue mixing until the play dough is formed, and then knead the dough for several minutes. Add more food colouring as you knead if needed.
  4. Once mixed you will now have the most amazing, super stretchy dough!
  5. Finish the dough by adding glitter in the colours of your choice to mimic the stars in the galaxy.
That's it! Now it is time to PLAY!

A Few Tips:

  • You will need to use a lot of food colouring to get a rich, black colour. You could also use black watercolour paint if you have it on hand.
  • If your dough turns out a little too watery just add a bit more flour and mix it in. If your dough begins to dry out you can mix a little baby oil in to revive it and give it new life.


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