Friday, July 1, 2011

Our Favorite Playdough Recipe

Summer time means extra time for fun projects.  Homemade play dough is a great one!  Measuring (FRACTIONS!), mixing, cooking, kneading, creating, then CLEAN UP.  Whoa, the lessons are endless!

Our favorite recipe comes from the Williamsburg Parent Cooperative Preschool
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 T alum
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 T vanilla, ginger, allspice, peppermint, cinnamon, or other scent
  • food coloring or liquid paint of your color choice

1) mix all dry ingredients
2) mix all wet ingredients (oil, water, color)
3) combine dry and wet ingredients, blending well

4) cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes
5) remove from heat
6) when cool enough to touch, transfer to table

7) knead until smooth (it will start out sticky then stiffen to normal play dough consistency)

8) store in ziploc bag


  1. I want to do this for my day program.
    What is 1 T alum?

    Thanks, Blake

  2. No problem! One Tablespoon of Alum. It is a white powder found in most grocery stores in the spice section. It is the acidic component in some baking powders.