I recently taught a class about inexpensive family fun; I sent everyone home with a homemade playdough recipe and samples to play with at home. This recipe comes from Mom, and it's the playdough we kids played with all those years.
I've tried several different recipes for homemade playdough, and many of them leave your hands salty and the dough dries out quickly. This recipe doesn't do that; it's still the best. Enjoy!
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tablespoons alum (find this in the spice section)
3 Tablespoons of oil
2 cups boiling water
Mix flour, salt, alum and oil. Add water and knead to desired consistency. Add food coloring. Add more flour if dough is sticky (between 2-4 Tablespoons). Store in a sealed container, in the fridge.