Black Play Dough from Outer Space

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m starting off this post with 2 caveats:

1. Black play dough will get all over your carpet if you’re not careful.

2. Unfortunately, this outer space play dough does not glow in the black light as I hoped it would.

But… it’s the softest play dough I’ve ever made, and it’s a super-cool sensory treat. It’s dark and rich, and the glitter… well, glitter makes everything pretty much perfect.

I got the recipe from Jenae over at I Can Teach My Child. She has a great Outer Space Play Clay tutorial with detailed photos of the play dough making process. If this is your first time making your own play dough, I suggest checking out her blog. If you’re an old pro, here’s a summary of the recipe.

Outer Space Play Dough Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups salt
  • 1 1/2 TBSP cream of tartar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 5 TBSP oil
  • black, red and blue food coloring
  • silver glitter

Mix the dry ingredients in a pot. Add the wet ingredients (including food coloring until desired color is reached) and combine until the mixture is smooth. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture comes together in the center of the pot. Stir/toss the dough until no longer sticky, then turn out onto a plate to cool. Once cool enough to handle, knead until soft, adding glitter as you go.


Great. So now you have a super-soft mass of glittery black goo. What now? Below are some ways to connect with your kiddo while playing with the dough. Go ahead–let down your guard. Break out your imagination. Get a little crazy.

How to Play with Outer Space Play Dough

  • Create aliens out of the play dough and make up a new language.
  • Make balls of different sizes and roll them through the moonscape.
  • Roll out play dough planets. Talk about the earth and how these planets make up our solar system.
  • Talk about the glitter in the dough. Does it look like stars? Discuss what a galaxy is.
  •  Poke holes in the dough to make a black hole and put toys in like they are being sucked up by the black hole.
  • Use cookie cutters to make the moons and stars.
  • Let them roll some textured bouncy balls through the dough to make different surface texture patterns.
  • Use a few plastic toy figures to make footprints across the surface of another planet.
  • Make caves or houses out of the dough for aliens to live in.
  • Make pretend alien food with the dough.  Talk about what you think a creature on another planet might eat.
  • Use ping pong balls on the dough and talk about the moon.
  • Squish up some dough like moon rocks and see who can make the tallest stack of moon rocks.
  • Make tin foil spaceships or meteors to crash into the dough.


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