So here’s the thing. I know that play dough is inexpensive (as far as toys go). But there’s something awesome about making homemade play dough. One, I know that if my kids eat it, it’s 100% safe. Two, you can make as much as you want. And three, if your kids are old enough, they can even help a little.
I remember when I was a child, my mom made this same recipe for us. I have this one particular memory of my brother, sister and me taking over the entire kitchen table with a play dough city. (Warning: if your kids take over the kitchen table, please put down a plastic table cloth first). We made buildings, cars, traffic lights, even trees. It was fairly involved, but we had a blast!
Play dough is also a great way to get your kids into art. No, it’s not fine art. But it gives them a creative outlet, sparks their imagination and can keep them occupied for quite awhile. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your little ones busy, check out my list of 14 Free Activities To Do With Your Kids.
So, without further ado, here’s the recipe for good old-fashioned homemade play dough.
Homemade Play Dough Recipe
1 1/2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Salt
A few drops of food coloring (in the desired color)
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Tbsp Powdered Alum (this is typically used in pickling and you should be able to find it in the spice aisle of your local grocery store.)
2 1/2 Cups of flour
Heat the water, salt and food coloring on the stove. When small bubbles appear on the bottom of the pan, remove it from the stove and add the vegetable oil.
Have the final two ingredients measured out beforehand and add to the pan at once.
Mix thoroughly with a spoon then knead well.
And there you have it. A super simple recipe that will be hours of fun for your kids.