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play dough recipe

Soft Play Dough Recipe

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5 from 3 reviews

Honestly, the best playdough recipe out there! You can make multiple batches in just a matter of minutes!

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large ball 1x



1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup salt

1 tablespoon alum powder

3/4 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

gel food coloring


  1. 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. 
  2. Cook the mixture over medium low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  3. 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.

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Kids
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 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