This truly is the best playdough recipe if you are looking for one that is easy to make and stays super soft for months. So many homemade versions are grainy and dry out in a couple days but my kids even prefer this amazing stuff over the store bought versions as well. Scroll on down to see how easy homemade playdough can be!
Why alum is used in my best playdough recipe
Most playdough recipes call for cream of tartar, which can be used if you can’t find alum, but if you want the softest, longest lasting dough, grab the alum. You can find it in your stores baking aisle among all the spices and it is that secret ingredient in my best playdough recipe. If your store doesn’t have it, you can order it online as well and for me, it is worth it.
How to store homemade playdough
All you need is an airtight container. I often toss it all together into a gallon ziplock bag, but if your kids are pickier than mine, you can keep the colors separated into smaller bags or reusable plastic containers. I know this is a very easy homemade playdough recipe to whip up, but it still frustrates me when my sweet kiddos don’t put it away properly. I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about, right???
Can I rehydrate playdough?
With this recipe, you shouldn’t need to, but if your kids are anything like mine, they like to leave it sitting out for hours on end after they are done playing with it. If this happens, you can wet your hands to wipe around the outside of the dough and then knead a bit more moisture into it before returning it to it’s container.
Easy Homemade Playdough VIDEO
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Honestly, the best playdough recipe out there! You can make multiple batches in just a matter of minutes!
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon alum powder
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
gel food coloring
- In a medium saucepan, combine the flour, salt, and alum. Add the water and oil. Whisk until smooth then add enough gel food coloring to get the desired color intensity.
- Cook the mixture over medium low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. After it forms a dough, dump that dough onto a floured counter and knead in a bit more flour (2-3 Tb) until it is smooth and no longer sticky. Store in an airtight container.
If you cannot find alum powder, you can substitute cream of tartar but the dough will not be quite as soft.
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 0
- Sugar: 0
- Sodium: 0
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0
- Cholesterol: 0
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