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