|Pumpkin spice black pepper orange play dough - lots of fun!|
Play dough is one of the absolute best toy/manipulative/sensory activities available to kid-dom!
I kid you not. Snicker, snicker. And not the snicker of the famed chocolate and peanut variety.
This is the best and most versatile recipe I've found. I have used it for over 20 years and have only rarely uncelebrated failure.
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3 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 T. oil (vegetable or baby oil)
1 T. alum
3 cups boiling water
Paste food coloring (add to boiling water to melt and mix it)
1. Put dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir well.
2. Drizzle oil over dry mix.
3. Stir food coloring into boiling water. Pour over ingredients.
4. Stir well with a wooden spoon and spatula.
5. Turn out onto a counter. It will be hot, but you have to knead the dough while it is hot to activate the ingredients. Knead the dough and scrape off sticky bits with a spatula. Don't worry, it will get less sticky as it cools. If it is horribly sticky, add tiny bits of flour as needed.
6. After the mixture is well mixed, cool completely and store in a lidded plastic container.
This is the basic recipe. I often add spices or textures like pumpkin spice, cornmeal, or cocoa. Play with the recipe. It's worth the mess.
Today Donavyn and I made play dough. He wanted orange, so we made orange. I wanted a scent, so I added pumpkin spice. He also wanted to dump pepper, so we added pepper!
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