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Playdough Recipe

Make your own non-toxic playdough with this simple recipe that will be great for children's crafts, playtime and more. Simply follow the directions in this recipe and create an incredible spectrum of fun colors to use with many children's craft projects.


Activities close at hand and by the door grab kids' attention immediately when they enter the classroom. Keep a playdough table, including a batch of homemade playdough (see recipe below), cookie cutters, rolling pins, popsicle sticks, blunt-end scissors, feathers, twigs, dry macaroni and other craft items, near your classroom door. Watch kids' excitement grow as they experiment with different accessories each week.


2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon alum
2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons oil
food coloring
After ingredients are mixed, knead well for four minutes. Add a special treat by scenting the playdough with extracts of lemon or peppermint. Store the playdough in an airtight container.

Linda Becken
Hudson, Wisconsin

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