Homemade Playdough

Posted by Vanessa in Crafts with Kids, September 15, 2010

This girl, she loves playdough.  Loves, loves, loves it.  So for her birthday, I thought we’d make some together and play with it every. single. day. until it just won’t squish anymore.  I’m happy to report that over a week later, after many hours of use, it’s still got an awesome texture to it and seems to be holding up quite well.

This was our first venture making our own playdough.  It’s an easy recipe, just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  That’s it.  A word of caution, though.  Be careful letting your kiddos help because you’re dealing with boiling water and that ingredient will make the playdough very warm for a few minutes.  I let my little girl help measure out all the dry ingredients and then I took over from there until the finished project was cooled down enough for her to handle.

Ours is green, because that’s what the birthday girl wanted.  You could definitely split the dough into separate bowls and make multiple colors.  We even added a few drops of some tangerine essential oil to make the playdough and our hands smell awesome.  The smell only lasted a couple days though, but it was nice while it was there.

So if you’re in need of something to do with your little ones today, maybe some homemade playdough would be just the ticket.

And one recipe note : you can find alum in the spice section of your grocery store with all the other bottled spices.

Homemade Playdough

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons alum
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • food coloring of choice
  • essential oil of choice, optional (we used tangerine)
  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

2 Responses to “Homemade Playdough”

  1. Jenn says:

    does the food coloring come off on your hands?

  2. Vanessa says:

    no. we didn’t have a problem with that at all.

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