Homemade Play Dough Recipe

thumbnail-150x150-arts-and-crafts-tagThrough the years, we have dabbled in making homemade play dough or play clay as some call it.   We have tried many recipes and found one several years ago that everyone loved, even my son with sensory issues enjoyed working with this clay recipe. Here’s a no cook recipe we love. .

This a simple version of modeling clay (play dough) that can be stored for months in a container or plastic bag. This recipe is great because you don’t have to cook it and wait to cool. The clay is ready to be played with as soon as you make it!


Materials needed:

2 cups sifted flour
1 cup salt
6 teaspoons alum
2 tablespoons oil (we used canola oil, but you can use vegetable or olive oil)
1 cup water
medium-sized mixing bowl
resealable plastic bags or a sealed container
food coloring (optional)

NOTE: ALUM is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It acts as a preservative.


1. Before you being mixing any ingredients, you must add food coloring to your water and stir to make sure color is well diluted (if you chose to have your dough colored).

2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, then add oil and water.  Mix until the dough is smooth.  There is no need for waiting to use the dough, as soon as you are done creating it, young hands can play with the dough.

Note: The clay will stay soft for weeks if you keep it in a sealed plastic bag or container.

While this recipe uses flour, there is a recipe I have tried that is gluten free for those with a gluten allergy like myself.  Living Well Mom has a fabulous gluten free version for play dough, click here to view it at her site.

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I hope your children enjoy hours of fun creating with their handmade play dough.


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