The Mother of Adventure

Homemade Playdough

on September 3, 2014

DinosaurI’m on a roll with sharing recipes this week…yesterday was Chocolate Brownies and today I’m talking playdough!

I have a lot of friends who are teachers, and with the start of school this week my friend Marnie asked if I would share my playdough recipe so that she can pass it along to her little scholars and their parents.

This recipe is uber-easy to make, and creates generous amounts of playdough offering a great consistency and a long shelf life. Last spring, my two young daughters and I made this recipe – in several pretty, pastel colours – for a spot on CTV Ottawa about fun Easter crafts. The great thing about playdough is that you can customize it with colours (and even add fragrances!) for an occasion, or just use it in everyday fun play. It even makes a great gift idea!

Homemade Playdough


  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon alum*
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Food colouring
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

*What the heck is alum?? I wondered the same thing when I first came across this recipe…it is a safe, edible preservative traditionally used in canning. Alum is very inexpensive and can be purchased at a grocery store or the Bulk Barn (which is where I bought mine).


  • Place salt, alum and cooking oil in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add boiling water and food colouring (be cautious – a few drops goes a long way!). Stir to dissolve salt and alum.
  • Gradually add flour while continually mixing the dough. Once it becomes thick enough, stop stirring and start kneading the dough. If dough seems sticky, add more flour until a desirable consistency is reached.
  •  Once thoroughly mixed and cooled, store playdough in a ziplock bag or sealed plastic container. Keeps unrefrigerated.

4 responses to “Homemade Playdough

  1. Geoff says:

    Very dedicated of you. I’m sorry for the marginal comment, I just want to make sure I’m not forgotten when the Christmas fudge gets doled out (I’d do a winky face emoticon here if I didn’t have a long-standing policy against them). Hope the girls are adjusting to life back at school. Good to see you posting again.

    • Ha ha! I understand – I have a long-standing policy against “LOL” and all of its variations. Don’t worry – you’re still on the fudge list! Hope your family is doing great and that the fall transitions are going smoothly!

  2. Thanks for sharing! This is perfect for keeping my little one busy and so easy to make!

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: