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homemade playdough recipe

Josie and I made homemade playdoh last Saturday and it's provided quite the week of entertainment so far. Josie knew what playdoh was before, but we've never really had it around our house, and I remember making it with my mom. I couldn't remember mom's recipe exactly except for the fact that it needed Alum, this weird white spice that I think people only use to make homemade playdoh. So I googled around until I found some recipes, some had weird ingredients or complicated cooking steps so I kinda took bits that I liked and combined them to get to this simplified conclusion, which worked pretty well:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon alum
1 hot cup water, with a few drops of food coloring (makes mixing simpler)
1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil

For reference: Alum is in the spice aisle. In the As.

Mix everything together, if it's soupy then microwave it for 30 seconds at a time. When you start getting your fingers into it it might still feel a bit thin but as you kneed it with flour it's dry up a bit.

Play away, then put it in a ziplock in the fridge when you're done and take it out the next day, or whenever, ours is keeping pretty well. And yes it seems cold coming out of the fridge but it doesn't take much hand contact to warm it up again.

Josie, age 2.5, wasn't great at making snakes and balls and other things we tried to teach her but she LOVED taking a knife to the stuff, all week she's been hanging out with a butter knife just chopping up the playdough, making "vegetable soup" or ham or cake or whatever she's making, it's cute. And since the homemade stuff costs like thirty cents or whatever to make, I figure she could just play until she's sick of it or it dries out and then we'll make more.

It's a lot like the stuff you buy except not as crumbly, not as artificial-colored looking, and you get a huge hunk of it from just this little recipe. Definitely easy and makes buying the stuff seem lame. Mom and I used to make it for neighborhood kids, like for Christmas presents, they were always very impressed.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 19th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
You can also cook it on the stove, it doesn't take that long. I made it with the science museum kids this summer. :)
Jan. 20th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
You also use alum when making "cookie rocks"...ie these things that look like cookies with fish tank gravel in them that 4th graders can pretend are actual rocks to see how rocks are formed. I bought some for that purpose once (after searching for it everywhere)....and only used it once.

I'm keeping your recipe though...thanks for sharing! I can make it since I have alum! LOL!
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
I'm definitely making play dough with Vincent tomorrow, thanks for sharing!
Jan. 20th, 2013 11:20 am (UTC)
I made playdough with my science kids, and we didn't use alum. It still turned out pretty awesome :)
Feb. 2nd, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Just made it and the verdict is in.... loved it! Thanks for the recipe.
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