Homemade play-dough is such a great activity for so many ages. We cook it up in the winter, when we need an inside activity, and we mix it up all summer too. Today some kids and I are burning up daylight around here with pink play-dough. We love this homemade recipe and it’s easy ingredients like flour, salt and water. You should have most everything you need already in your pantry. You may need to grab a bottle of Alum from the spice aisle, but one bottle will last you through many batches of dough. We think it is one of the best playdough recipes around, and once you’ve made it, it will be hard to go back to the store bought stuff! It’s good to know exactly what’s in the dough–just in case someone takes a little bite of this great smelling 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.
Homemade Play-dough Recipe
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Homemade Play-dough Recipe
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- food coloring or kool aid if making the whole batch the same color, otherwise knead individual colors in at the end
- 2 -1/2 cups flour
- 1 Tablespoons alum
Mix flour and alum together in bowl. On the stovetop, mix the water, salt, vegetable oil, and food coloring or Kool-Aid. Once the mixture starts boiling, add the flour and 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. Food coloring works great, but you can also substitute a package of Kool aid mix. Use the package that doesn’t have the sugar added yet. The Kool-Aid will not only color the play dough, it will also give it a great smell. We love the vibrant color and smell of the black cherry flavor!
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)!
Add a couple of plastic knives, some cookie cutters and a rolling pin. You will have all you need for an afternoon of molding and designing all sorts of fun creations. When you are finished, smoosh it all back together, place it in an air tight container, and save it for next time. You should be able to get months of use out of this great homemade play dough, however there is something definitely alluring about kneading a fresh warm batch of play dough!
If your kids are into the slime craze, here is a great recipe for a safe (borax free) slime. If you love Dr. Suess, you’ve got to try this amazing oobleck recipe! Enjoy these fun recipes and enjoy the time they allow you to spend having fun with your kids!