Homemade Play Dough

A great recipe to print and have on hand for making quick and easy dough for your kids to play with. The secret ingredient is Alum, which can be purchased in bulk online at Amazon or at your local grocery store. 
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups flour plus more for kneading
  • 2 tablespoons alum
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • food coloring


  • 1. In a medium bowl combine the flour and alum. Mix to combine. 
    2. Bring the water and salt to a boil. Remove from heat.
    3. Pour the water mixture into the flour/alum mixture. Add vegetable oil and food coloring and stir to combine. 
    4. Dump the dough on to a well-floured surface and knead until combined. The mixture should be smooth and lump free. 
    5. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag. 


This is the basic dough recipe. You could add glitter, a fragrance like essential oil, or Kool-Aid to the dough.