Play Dough Recipe #1


Ever want to make your own play dough? Well, now you can! This recipe is fun and easy.


  • Large glass bowl
  • Food coloring (Amazon link: Food Coloring)
  • Water (2 cups)
  • Flour (2 cups). (Amazon link: All Purpose Flour)
  • Salt (1 cup). (Amazon link: Salt)
  • Alum (1 teaspoon). (Amazon link: Alum)
  • 20 Mule Team Borax (1 teaspoon). (Amazon link: Borax)
  • Corn oil (1 tablespoon). (Amazon link: Corn Oil)
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Ziploc storage bag or airtight container (Amazon link: Gallon Ziploc Bags)


1. In the bowl, combine the water and fifty drops of food coloring. Then add the flour, salt, alum, borax, and corn oil. Mix well.

2. With adult supervision, cook and stir over medium heat for three minutes (or until the mixture holds together). Turn onto the cutting board and knead to proper consistency. Store in the Ziploc bag or airtight container.


The patent for Play-Doh puts it this way: “We are unable to state definitely the theory upon which this process operates, because the reactions taking place in the mass are complicated.” Basically, your dough is a mixture that thickens and clumps upon cooking. Why is this? Well, when your play dough is heated, the starch in the flour undergoes gelatinization, or thickening, in the presence of  water. This is a result of the hydrogen bonding between the starch and water molecules. The alum and borax prevent bacteria from turning the thick, colored dough sour.



Want more doughy recipes? Check out these links:

Play Dough Recipe #2

Plastic Milk





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