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    Homemade Playdough

    Posted by  ·  August 26, 2008
    We love playdough!
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    Burning up daylight around here with pink play-dough. This activity kept these two, two year olds busy for much longer than two minutes. Actually they enjoyed themselves for a very long time.

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    Homemade Play-dough

    Mix together in bowl:
    2  1/2 cups flour
    1 Tablespoon alum
    (found in the spice section)
    In a saucepan on the stove stir the following ingredients together.  Bring to a boil.
    2 cups water
    1/2 cup salt
    3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
    food coloring
    (if making the whole batch the same color, otherwise knead individual colors in at the end)
    (you can also use unsweetened kool-aid type drink mix packets to color and scent the dough, add in with the water)

    Once mixture is boiling, add

    2 -1/2 cups flour
    1 Tablespoons alum

    Cook over low to medium heat stirring constantly until dough comes away from the edges of the pan and it becomes very hard to stir. Remove from heat and let cool slightly(until you are able to knead the dough).

    Knead until smooth and elastic. Store in an airtight container.This recipe is for a smooth dough similar to the consistency of Play-doh.

    Never underestimate the lure of play-dough

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    It also kept these three “big” boys just in from golf very busy (and it was even pink)!

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    1. Jane Renald
      Thursday, December 1st, 2011
      I loved making & playing with playdough, with my daughter who is now just a few days shy of 29. She has a little 21 month old & I think it is time he had his first playdough, as it is a miserable rainy day here in Australia today. So Nanna is going to show Mummy how to make it & we can all have a good time. Thank you for a wonderful site. I have spent the last two hours since 4am looking thru it
    2. cassdraper
      Saturday, March 14th, 2009
      Will give this a go when our current playdoh runs out, much better than spending silly money when you can have fun making it with your kids!
    3. Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
      Oh I've been thinking about something like this. I tried a recipe a long time ago and it didn't come out right. I now realize I didn't use any alum. I didn't even know it existed back then, so I KNOW I didn't use any. But I notice in your post you mention the flour and alum twice, One says 1tblsp of alum and the other 2 tblsp? Which do I use?
    4. Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
      I have so enjoyed your site and have used tons of ideas. Here is an incredibly simple recipe for Playdoh that we use - it's just dump and stir....

      2 c. Flour
      ½ c. Salt
      2 c. Water
      2 T. Vegetable Oil
      ¼ c. Cream of Tartar (found in spice section)

      Pour all ingredients into a large saucepan. Food coloring can be added here if desired, 5-7 drops. Turn to med-high heat and stir constantly until the mix becomes very warm and starts to form together, about 3-5 minutes. Do not over heat, it will burn. Continue stirring until the mix forms into a playdough ball. Remove from heat and pour ball onto a wax paper sheet. Let cool for a few minutes and then knead until soft, 2-3 minutes. Food coloring can also be added during the kneading process as well, especially if you want to split the dough and use 2 or more colors. I suggest wearing baggies over your hands if doing this. Store your play dough in a ziplock bag and in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months, or until little white spots develop.
    5. Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
      I haven't tried this recipe out before. I'll have to give this one a whirl!

      I love that they boys are thoroughly entertained with their pink play dough!
    6. Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
      What a great idea! I'm going to have to try this.
    7. Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
      This recipe is almost like the one that my mom made us when I was a child. I now make it for my kids and they love it. I swear playdough is the best invention ever don't you think!

      Love you blog I have gotten lots of fun ideas from you so THANKS SO MUCH!

      :)Rachel
    8. Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
      I had a homemade playdough disaster this summer (http://foreverfoldinglaundry.blogspot.com/2008/07/when-good-ideas-go-bad.html) and I need to redeem myself so I think I'll give this a try! Thanks!
    9. Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
      This was the perfect reminder..icky weather and extra kids this evening....am gonna have to whip up a batch for the evening's entertainment! Thanks