Homemade Play-Dough for a Winters Day!

What’s a mother or father to do with the kids when the weather is icy, snowy and bitterly cold outside?

When my kids were younger, they’re now is their 20s, one of their favortie things to do on a cold snowy day, rainy day or even when they were home sick was to make homemade play-dough.

This simple recipe would keep them entertained for hours. Although I enjoyed sitting at the table with them while they made their creations, it gave me a little break as well.

So if you’re all going stir crazy this week because of our historic weather conditions take a look in your pantry for the ingredients listed below.

Have fun with your kids while still having quiet time.

Homemade Play-Dough


· 2 1/2 cups flour

· 1/2 cup salt

· 1 tablespoon Alum (can be found in the spice section at the grocery store)

· 1 3/4 cups boiling water (can use from your coffee pot)

· 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

· Lots of food coloring


Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Mix the alum, water, oil and food coloring in a separate bowl; add to the flour-salt mixture. Knead well, adding extra flour if sticky. Now you’re ready to create with your play dough, which can be stored in an airtight container or zip-lock baggie for several months with no refrigeration needed.

Note: One of our favorite tools to use while rolling out and shaping our play-dough was a garlic press. It makes the most fantastic hair for their animated creations.


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  1. Made this today after your suggestion on FB! It occupied my kids for well over an hour, which is A LOT! Thanks for the inspiration and the great idea!

  2. Hi Olivia,

    I’m glad you took my suggestion and your kids enjoyed making and playing with the Play-Dough.

    Don’t forget to save it in a zip lock baggie. You can play with it for weeks so long as it’s kept sealed

    Thanks for your post.

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