How to Restore Play-Doh

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How to Restore Play-Doh
Using water can help restore Play-Doh to its original state. (bath room image by jeancliclac from

Play-Doh, a nontoxic modelling compound, was introduced in 1956. It began only being offered as an off-white compound available in a 680g. can. Now Play-Doh is available from Hasbro in a variety of colours and sizes. It is even offered as scented. The modelling compound toy is used in homes and schools all over the world. Play-Doh can be reused. Play-Doh may begin to dry out over time, but it is easy to restore.

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Things you need

  • Play-Doh can
  • Play-Doh lid
  • Water dropper
  • Paper towel

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  1. 1

    Open the lid and remove Play-Doh from container.

  2. 2

    Using the water dropper add a drop of water to the Play-Doh and work the water into the Play-Doh by squishing it in your hand.

  3. 3

    Add another drop of water and keep squishing the Play-Doh into your hands. Keep adding drops of water and kneading it in your hand until the Play-Doh feels moist again.

  4. 4

    Wet a paper towel and wrap it around the Play-Doh.

  5. 5

    Put the Play-Doh with the wet paper towel back into the Play-Doh container and secure the lid.

  6. 6

    Let Play-Doh sit overnight in the wet paper towel. Remove the wet paper towel in the morning. The Play-Doh should be restored.

Tips and warnings

  • Play-Doh is not meant to make lasting creations. If creations are allowed to dry out and harden they will crack and Play-Doh might not be able to be restored.

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