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How to Revive Play-Doh

Updated February 21, 2017

Kids of all ages love moulding Play-Doh into shapes, characters and food. However, everyone leaves a chunk of Play-Doh out once in awhile, and once exposed to air, the clay dries out fairly quickly and becomes hard to play with. Don't toss out that old, dry Play-Doh yet. The clay can be easily restored to its former glory with a few simple ideas.

Boil water in a teapot or sauce pan.

Grab the Play-Doh and place it into the steam to let the moisture hit it.

Knead the Play-Doh until it is restored. Repeat the steaming if necessary until the Play-Doh is malleable again.

Lay the Play-Doh on a work surface.

Add water to the clay, one drop at a time. Knead the water into the clay with your hands.

Add water in small amounts until the Play-Doh has been restored.

Drip enough water onto a paper towel to make it slightly damp but not soaking wet.

Put the Play-Doh in the paper towel and wrap it up.

Place the wrapped Play-Doh into a plastic container and let it sit that way overnight.

Things You'll Need

  • Teapot or sauce pan
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic container
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Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.