I’ve tried many play-dough recipes and each one just didn’t measure up to the classic Play-Dough purchased in stores. So when I worked at a daycare several years ago, they had a play-dough recipe that was the closest to the store-bought that I’ve been able to find. The problem was, I lost the paper that I had written the recipe on. But I knew that the “secret” ingredient was Alum. So I did a search for recipes with Alum in it and found one from about.com.
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon powdered alum
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons vanilla
Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring. Divide into balls and work in color by kneading the playdough.
This recipe doesn’t make very much. I have four kids, so I quadrupled the recipe. I also didn’t add food coloring. The last thing I need is color getting everywhere. Plus, food coloring isn’t a good substance to be getting into our system.
Here is one single batch of playdough, held by my 9-year-old:
Compared to a little Mason Jar (10 0z):
The kids have been playing non-stop for two day!!!!! What a wonderful way to keep them out of trouble. The only problem is when my son puts it on the floor and runs it over with his trucks.