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    Play Dough

    Play Dough. Photo by Charlotte J

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    Saturn's Note:

    This is from the Bethel Play Group from 1979. The ladies always made sure we had some in hand. Now I make it for my sons. It turns out well and keeps on the shelf for a REALLY long time in a freezer bag. When you first knead it, be careful, it is still quite hot. Edited to add: I made two batches today. One used up some alum I had in the cupboard from last year. That one never really got to a good texture, and I had to add LOTS more flour. The second one used fresh alum, and it came together in no time and didn't need any extra flour. I made them using the microwave. I boiled the water in a large bowl first. Then added the salt. After stirring it in, I microwaved the water again for a minute just to make sure it was hot enough for adding in the food colouring (and subsequently, the alum and other stuff). It worked out perfectly. I tried adding in some lemon extract to give it a scent but it didn't seem to take.

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    Serves: 1



    Units: US | Metric

    • 2 cups water
    • 1/2 cup salt
    • 2 -200 drops food coloring
    • 2 tablespoons oil
    • 2 tablespoons alum
    • 2 cups flour


    1. 1
      Boil water.
    2. 2
      Add salt and stir until salt dissolves.
    3. 3
      Add food colouring to boiling water and remove from heat.
    4. 4
      Add oil, alum, flour. Stir well.
    5. 5
      Turn out onto counter.
    6. 6
      Knead until it takes on a shiny texture.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 29, 2009

      All though it looks nice, I would be a little hesitant about using alum. Alum is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a food additive, but in large quantities — well, an ounce or more — it is toxic to humans. And as we all know that kids have a habit of putting things in their mouth and eating it because it looks good. So I would recommend leaving it out. I don't think it would change the dough other than the shelf life. I could live with that.

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    • on July 06, 2009


      What an excellent quality of play dough. It was a big hit for the little girl in the hospital that I made it for. We read the book, 'Diary of A Worm' by Doreen Cronin Pictures by Harry Bliss. Then we made a family of worms. We had a blast, while her mom and dad took some needed time off, from the 4 walls of that hospital room. If you know a little child that is sick in bed, take them a half batch of this play dough. The child and the parents will thank you!!

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    • on February 12, 2009


      This was great...ready in minutes and perfect texture...loved it...Thnks for sharing...

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    Nutritional Facts for Play Dough

    Serving Size: 1 (899 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1150.4
    Calories from Fat 266
    Total Fat 29.6 g
    Saturated Fat 3.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 56605.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 190.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.7 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 25.8 g

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